The Stupidest Inventions of All-Time

Some inventions are a stroke of genius that make you sit back and say “why didn’t I think of that?” or “wow, that is brilliant.” Many things we now take for granted recreated life as the people of their time knew it when they were introduced. They could communicate easily with loved ones far away, travel great distances efficiently, or simply make a quick hot meal without touching the stove. Other inventions, don’t elicit quite the same reaction. These are just a few of those strokes of “genius.”

Privacy Scarf

Does the paranoid schizophrenic in your life have a birthday coming up? Help them avoid the government’s prying eyes with the privacy scarf! Tinfoil toboggan sold separately.

I'm not sure what he's reading but I bet it's about the government. And lizards, somehow.

I’m not sure what he’s reading but I bet it’s about the government. And lizards, somehow.

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Car Exhaust Grill

There’s nothing like showing up to a cookout with your hamburger ALREADY cooked is there? Apparently inventor Roohollah Merrikhpour from Iran thought so. Just slap in a patty, attach it your car exhaust and head out! But are you supposed to circle the parking lot if you want it well done? Make mine easy ketchup, no smog please.

Car Exhaust Grill

Car Exhaust Grill

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Air Conditioned Shoes

Japanese companies produce innumerable amounts of ingenious, extremely useful products every year. ‘Hydro-Tech’ has let us down on this particular offering though. They claim their shoes to be innovative, offering users more comfortable cool, and presumably for those that it is an issue, less sweaty feet. What’s the innovation? The shoes have holes in them. Yes, holes. Maybe it’s just me but I got rid of the last pair of shoes I had that got ‘innovative.’

The holes are patent pending

The holes are patent pending

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Toilet Golf

For the man who has everything, and doesn’t spend quite enough time in the bathroom EZ Drinker brings you the product everyone’s been clamoring for: Toilet Golf! Now I’m not much of a golfer so I’m unsure of what the proper golf etiquette would be here. How do we determine who’s away? Is there a penalty for water damage? And for God’s sake, do not tell me what you use to mark your ball.

Watch out for the water hazard

Watch out for the water hazard

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Diet Water

I…I don’t even know what they were going for here? Diet water? The Japanese company claims it contains specialized peptide bonds that — oh nevermind, it’s diet water. I’m not bothering.

From the makers of fat-free air

From the makers of fat-free air

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Automatic Wiper

Not only do I really, really doubt this would get the job done it also has emergency room visit written all over it.

No. No thank you.

No. No thank you.

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Remote Wrangler

I don’t quite see the advantage to having a bunch of remotes plastered to your face, but apparently designer Rodd Miller did. Personally, I’ll stick to putting the remote next to me on the couch like a normal, sane person.

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Two Inspirational Women Cheer Up Young Cancer Patients with Bald Barbie

Valerie Paul and Audrey Unkle were more than just co-workers, they were best friends. So when Audrey was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Valerie was there to support her friend at every step. As you know, a side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss and Audrey was no exception.

“She was very, very much about her hair,” Valerie said, sitting in the front room of her Rockledge home recently. “When she lost her hair, she showed me her head one time in the bathroom, and she said, ‘I’m so ugly now.’ And I said, ‘No. You don’t see what I see.’ “I thought she looked beautiful.”

Unfortunately, Audrey would lose her battle at the age of 56, but this would not be the end of the story. Valerie was an avid Barbie collector and thought giving little girls going through treatments a beautiful doll that resembled them would provide comfort. After meeting Wanda Schultz through an acquaintance the two teamed up.

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A chance viewing of a young cancer patient on the Ellen show led to the two volunteering at a summer camp where they helped serve lunch to young cancer patients and passed out their special bald Barbies. The two knew that Barbies wouldn’t be appropriate for all young patients and branched out. They now make baby dolls and Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. By their estimates, they’ve provided nearly 400 dolls for young cancer patients.

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The dolls are very much appreciated by the patients who receive them. “I thought it was really cool,” Julie said, holding onto the doll, still safely encased in its original Collector Edition box. “Everybody thinks Barbies are so perfect and flawless. Seeing one with no hair makes you feel really good about yourself.”

They recently held a fundraiser to raise money for more supplies and brought in more than $1400. But regardless of how much they are able to bring in via donation, the labor of love is sure to continue. “It’s very much such a labor of passion and love, that really, it’s OK,” Valerie said. “I literally didn’t even realize until my dad came down to see me and said, ‘Do you know how much money you’ve spent?'”

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Autistic Artist Recreates New York City Skyline Completely From Memory

Stephen Wiltshire is a British born autistic artist who has become known around the world for his remarkable ability to recreate extremely detailed architectural drawings. Diagnosed as autistic at three years old, Stephen found it easiest to communicate through his drawings.

What is truly amazing about Wiltshire’s talent is the great detail his drawings feature are done after only a brief there-and-back helicopter ride to allow him to view his subject. He once produced a near 33 foot panoramic of Tokyo using this method. Other cities he has drawn include Rome, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.

The accompanying video and pictures to this story depict his recreation of the New York City skyline – again, after just a 20 minute helicopter ride. He put his work to paper while listening to his iPod while at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The piece is 19 feet long and illustrates 305 square miles of the city. Both the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are featured.

Wiltshire has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, ABC News Person of the Week, and ambassador of the United Kingdom’s Children’s Art Day among other awards. More are sure to come.

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