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Inventors are often smart and wily people whose creations make the world easier for everyone around them. Of course there are also some inventors who see a need where there is none, and create things that no one actually wants. Here are some of these stupidest inventions ever that leave us wondering…why?
1. The Dumb-bell cane
Have you ever felt that you need to get a workout while you’re going through your everyday life? If so, the dumb-bell cane is for you! It’s simply a weighted cane to carry with you at all times and beef up your muscles.
It’s considered responsible pet ownership to neuter your pup, but maybe not by the dog himself. If you want to give your dog back some of his dignity, you can do so with Neuticles! These faux testicles are supposed to raise the dog’s self-esteem and make the transition to fixed life easier, but really they’re just empty testicle implants.
3. Dog Sack
Lots of dogs like to ride along in the car for the wind in their face and the fresh air, but not a lot of people like the dog smell in the car. Of course in the 1950s that wasn’t a problem. You could just attach a large bag to the side of your car and stick the dog in. No way that would cause problems!
4. Chin rest
Do you ever get a little worn out on the subway and want to fall asleep while standing up? This device is for you! It lets tired people on subways take a bit of a break if they can’t find a seat. The only cost is that it’s utterly bizarre.
5. Timer Fork
If you’ve ever been eating and wondered “when should I take my next bite of food?” then the timer fork is the solution! Apparently when it was patented in 1995 everyone had forgotten how to eat, because the fork will use its timer to alert you when you’re supposed to take another bite.
6. The Sound Bubble
Lots of people find it frustrating when they’re trying to have a conversation at a bar or coffee shop and they can’t hear their friends. So one brilliant Scottish university student decided to solve the problem by inventing this odd plastic helmet that allows two people to chat while blocking out all the other noise.
7. The Potty Putter
Reading a magazine on the toilet is a time honored tradition, but some people can’t leave well enough alone. That’s what led to the Potty Putter, a toy putt putt range to play while sitting on the john.
8. This Cigarette Holder
Cigarette holders give off an air of class and elegance, but maybe not when they hold an entire package of cigarettes. It’s the best way to give yourself lung disease faster!
9.The Baby Cage
In the 1930s, babies were seen a little differently than they are today, as evidenced by this invention to help the kiddos get some fresh air. For the parent who wants the benefits of the outdoors but doesn’t want to actually have to take their kid outside, this invention let you hang your baby out the window in a wire cage. It was mostly used in London by families with no gardens living in high buildings.
10. Rain Resistant Cigarette Holder
If you want something to go alone with your full pack cigarette holder, you can always use this tiny cigarette umbrella. It does, of course, lead to two questions. First, this was 1950 so why didn’t you just smoke inside? And second, what’s wrong with a normal umbrella?