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Seashells - inspiration (1)

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Hold a seashell to your ear and it will capture the ambient noise from around you and resonate in the cavities and curves of the inner walls of the shell.

Or in simple English; you can hear the sea.

Long before the days of iPod, a man is walking...

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OK. Long before the days of portable media players, a man is walking on the beach. It's a SUNNY day and he's walking. He's a WALKingMAN

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Can I mention this man is Japanese?

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Long before the days of portable media players, a Japanese man is walking on the beach. It's a nice day. He thinks: "Wow! This is much better than PLAYing near the STATION.

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Anyway... he notices a shell on the sand, picks it up and holds it to his ear. "Wow!" he says "I can hear the sea."

He picks up another shell and puts it to his other ear. "Woah! Stereo!!!"

Rushing into the nearest shop he says "Hey! I've got a great product idea. I'm going to digitize these and make a fortune. Can you sell me a bag of these shells please?" "Sorry," says the shop assistant, "this is a food shop; we don't sell shells."

"Well," says the Japanese man, "do you have anything with a similar shape?" "We've got these meat pies." replies the shop assistant, and the man takes one and puts it to his ear. Now, the meat pie is slightly warm and the meat inside is quietly simmering. "Not much volume with this" says the Japanese man, "do you have anything hotter?"

"How about this Apple pie? It's straight out of the oven." And indeed it is. The Japanese man puts it to his ear.

The apple inside is sizzling away and the man exclaims "Success! I will use these and call my company: PIE-ON-EAR!"

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