Would it kill people to use a rake instead?

My Turn: The leaf blower, a perfect American invention. 

Why is the leaf blower a perfect American invention? Well, according to Jim Miller:

They are the quintessential American invention, combining all three of our requirements for a modern labor-saving device. They burn fossil fuel — the most important requirement. They make noise  — because nothing says “work” like a hundred or so decibels of petroleum-sourced flatulence.

And finally, they take your problem and make it someone else’s — usually in the form of a fine patina of dust on a freshly washed vehicle, or an imminent asthma attack.

Sounds about right.

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