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'ThingamaBob' invents an ‘Expanding Toolbox’ on H2

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Last night’s second episode of ThingamaBob was titled “Expanding Toolbox.” It stars zany Brooklyn-based inventor Bob Partington, who now has his own show for all to be pleasantly surprised by his wit and creativity on History Channel’s H2.

On each episode, Bob receives a box containing three items. He and his team will do their best to reconfigure the items into three more useful items. As Bob redoes these items, fans will try to figure how the three items are related to a person or event of historical significance.

When Bob received this box, it contained the three items for his latest challenge; a rocking chair, a coffee grinder and an industrial fire hose. So out he went, not wasting a minute to see who could help him. When he went to the West Hamilton Beach Firehouse, the volunteer firemen, rather than ask them about the fire hose, he inquired about the coffee grinder, and if he could make them something. The chief liked to cook, but was very allergic to eggs, and although he could touch the outside, he could not touch the inside of an egg. Now Bob had an idea; make something so he could make breakfast without touching an egg. As a blood drive was going on in the firehouse, he had quite an audience and even procured some plastic tubing from them for his invention. Bob is very adaptable, and found everyday items to use for the invention. When it was ready to launch, he had a captive audience, and everyone agreed, it was a great invention.

Next, he went looking for ideas for the other two items. When he encountered Johnny, a carpenter who made awesome furniture. His tools are a mess, and if he had an organized toolbox, he would be more efficient. So Bob got to work using the hose to make an expandable toolbox. Bob had lots of help from Johnny, who had his power tools all plugged in and ready to go. So he worked right on the sidewalk and attracted quite an audience. As clouds started rolling in, they had to hustle, but managed to finish the project and when he pressed the lever, the air in the hose opened the toolbox like a deck of cards displaying all his tools.

Now for the rocking chair, and Bob came up with a neat idea for martinis. He could use the rocker for removing the pimentos from olives and dropping them in a martini glass. Bob’s wife likes pimentos, but he does not, so rather than buying olives without pimentos; they can have it both ways. He was able to make three items by using the whole or parts of the three items and created three new inventions on this episode of ThingamaBob. The historical significance of the three items was a person, who is considered the father of the rocking chair; he organized the first volunteer fire department and a distant relative of his started Folgers Coffee, and his name is Benjamin Franklin.

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