Quick, who invented the cotton gin? Yep, Eli Whitney. You got it.
Why do we all know that?! I know we learned it in school, but there’s tons of stuff I learned in school that I don’t remember anymore. For whatever reason, Eli Whitney sticks.
Some of the things I look for as topics for my cartoons are those similarly odd little bits of knowledge we all share. I don’t remember how exactly I was reminded of the 24-hour life span of the mayfly, but it hit me as one of those cotton-gin-like nuggets.
So I played with lots of ways of condensing an average life into 24 hours until this job interview popped into my head. Now that I look at it, I probably should’ve made it an hour or two, but it still works.
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.