With credit to Rich Rasmussen for this week's title, I will explain my discovery (eureka!) yesterday of "hookless" shower curtains. Five years ago, when we moved into this house, I put the coolest shower curtain hooks in the children's bathroom, which is also the main bathroom in the house. They were so neat looking -- my favorite combination of matte and shiny metal (just like my silverware, maybe there's a pattern here):
The problem is that these hooks are a lot more attractive than they are functional. Because they do not close, they rely on gravity and a gentle touch with the shower curtain open/close process. I have a boy child --- gentle and boy child are not two characteristics that generally share time in this particular bathroom. So I have endured five years of hearing the shower curtain come crashing down, putting it back up, and general annoyance.
When I went to buy a new shower curtain, I already had the box of "the usual" shower curtain rings in my hand and was trying to pick out a new shower curtain when magic words came into my line of vision: installs in a minute! no need for rings! flexes right onto the shower rod! I am usually pretty skeptical of this type of claim on a consumer product, but I kept envisioning all those teeny tiny little plastic dots that end up all over the floor when installing a traditional shower curtain, and how the end always gets ripped making the whole curtain droop until another one was purchased, and I decided to give it a shot.
I am happy to report that, amazingly enough, all three claims are true! I think it took longer to get the shower curtain out of all the packaging than it did to install it. I didn't need any rings, and it did flex right onto the shower curtain rod without me having to take the rod down. I think it's highly likely these were invented by a mom (although my little bit of research traces back to hotels that need easy on/easy off shower curtains in their bathrooms).