Thank goodness for English inventor Andrew Gordon. He was trying to down pints in his local pub a few years ago when an unstable table kept interfering with his progress.
Determined to let nothing come between him and his Guinness, he developed a nifty little gadget called Stabletable that solves those unwanted wobbles. The keychain-like device features eight plastic strips of various thickness that swivel out and fit snuggly beneath the offending piece of furniture.
Gordon knew he had a great idea, but he needed some startup capital. He went on a reality television show in England and pitched his product to a panel of leading tycoons. They called Stabletable “the most ridiculous idea” they’d ever seen. Obviously, they weren’t beer drinkers.
At any rate, Gordon was probably too drunk to understand what they were saying. He pressed on and ultimately secured a bank loan. He’s since sold more than one million of these babies. Customers include bars, hotels and universities, as well as companies looking for an off-beat promotional item to brand with their logo.
Success hasn’t gone to Gordon’s head. But the alcohol probably has. The only thing wobbling in his local pub these days is him.