Open Thread: Where’s The Strangest Place You’ve Found The TV Remote?

In honor of the death of the man who invented the TV remote control, the Good Feed Blog editors ask: where is the strangest place you’ve found your remote?

USA Today’s Brett Molina reports that Eugene Polley, the inventor of the first wireless remote control for TVs, died on May 20 of natural causes. He was 96.

At Zenith Electronics…he invented the “Flash-Matic,” a remote control introduced in 1955 that used a “flashlight-like device to activate photo cells on the television set to change channels.” The cells would also let viewers turn the picture and sound on and off.

Hilarious ESPN sportswriter Rick Reilly tweeted,

The man who invented the TV remote has died. He was 96. And no, they didn’t find him between the couch cushions …

Wish we woulda thought of that line!

For Jamie Reidy, the TV remote control is the second greatest household invention, a close runner-up to the bathroom fan. (Had you grown up in his father’s house, you would understand.)

Where’s the weirdest place you’ve found your remote?

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Comments

  1. Joanna Schroeder says:

    I often find mine in the car.

    Don’t know how, don’t know why.

  2. My sister worked in the ER and she told me a story about finding a t.v. remote in the folds of body fat on an enormously obese patient.

  3. Behind the toaster.

  4. Peter Houlihan says:

    I think the weirdest ones are the ones we didn’t find. Where the hell did it go? We literally took the house apart looking for it but no use.

  5. The freezer.

  6. Underneath the passenger front seat of my car…ten years after I had lost it. lol

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