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How can the fing-longer be Farnsworth's invention?

For him to have asked the What If? machine what life would be like if he'd invented the fing-longer, he must have knowledge of the fing-longer as a real thing. This implies it was invented by someone else. In this case, his later use of it can be seen merely as him using a commercially-available product. Any thoughts? Mukor 02:04, 8 July 2008 (CEST)

An idea may not be concrete evidence. I think the joke refers to the fact that he had considered inventing it, but didn't (maybe because he considered it too silly), but the What If machine showed him it would be a huge success, so he did invent it eventually. Of course, that whole sequence is completely silly. Regardless, there are more evidence that he himself invented than he used a commercial version. --SvipTalk 02:07, 8 July 2008 (CEST)
That makes sense, I hadn't considered that he might be asking about a prospective invention of his. His wistful, rather than enthusiastic, demeanour on seeing the What-If success still leads me to think it's an existing non-Farnsworth invention though. But with the evidence that he's the only character who mentions or uses it, I guess it makes the most sense to class it his invention. --Mukor 02:31, 8 July 2008 (CEST)
He's 160 years old. He probably completely forgot about his inventing it.--Aescula 16:25, 6 September 2010 (CEST)

This has got to be the Professor's favourite invention, aside from, perhaps, the Spheroboom. --Aescula 16:20, 6 September 2010 (CEST)