Life's tough when you're a millionaire. Ruslan Kogan, founder of online retailer Kogan.com, recently posted on LinkedIn about how his dishwasher breaking down made him realise that we often fail to appreciate the inventors of life-transforming technologies. But the lesson we absorbed was slightly different: in the last decade, Kogan has completely lost the elementary household skill of washing his own dishes by hand.
We take Kogan's main point: that we often don't realise who invented the tech that simplifies our life. The dishwasher as we know it was invented by Josephine Cochrane. But the paragraph that jumped out for us was this description of what happened after the dishwasher :
Within a couple of days, the kitchen was a mess. The last time I’ve washed dishes by hand was at school camp in 1997. The dishes had piled up in the sink. I couldn’t have a coffee in the morning because all the mugs were dirty. The kitchen was a disaster zone.
Someone needs to head round to Kogan's place as a matter of urgency and explain to him what that thing called a sink is actually for. If he thinks hand washing is not a valuable use of his time, I'm sure someone on AirTasker would be only too happy to come around and do it for him.
Once the dishwasher is fixed, he might want to check out our guide to correctly using a dishwasher. But really, it would be cheaper and more humanising to buy a scourer and tackle those dirty dishes.