You've heard of iPods. You know about tripods. But have you ever seen a monopod?
I recently got one as a gift. The monopod (brand name: QuikPod) is a remarkable device that allows you to take pictures of things with an extra 6/12/18" of reach. That way, you can take pictures as if your arms were longer -- like an orangutan's.
Here is a picture of the monopod itself:
This is me setting up the device:
And here is a monopod-assisted self-portrait. No awkward angles!
So, asante to the person who gave me the gift of reach.