10 Things You Don't Need

Sometimes I have the urge to buy something, anything. I get this craving to go and spend my money and feel the adrenaline rush of finding something that others don't have and imagining how cool everyone will think I am once I show them what I found. Do you ever get like that?

I am thinking lots of people do as I really don't have another explanation for why certain things get bought. They don't really have any practical purpose. I know that people sometimes call this stuff "novelty items", but as soon as the novelty wears off, what do you have?

If you are rich or have money you have the compulsion to spend, these are my picks this week for the top 10 things you don't need, but may feel compelled to buy anyway:

10. Fake Silk Marijuana Plants

I know what a marijuana plant would be useful for, but what it the purpose of marijuana if you can't smell and smoke it? What good is pot in a pot, if you can't inhale?

Fake Silk Marijuana PlantsFake Silk Marijuana Plants

"Our 4 foot plants are large enough to fit nicely and noticeably into a vacant corner. They will provide color and vibrancy that is needed in every living and working environment. The 4 foot silk marijuana plant comes with 4 realistic looking buds, an attractive basket container, and moss to cover the base of the marijuana plant."

9. Angel Snots

Why would you ever buy snots? Even if they were heaven sent? I really don't know of a good use for snots, other than for the tissue industry. So who needs scented snots?

Angel SnotsAngel Snots

"In our busy world it's easy to forget that miracles really do happen. With its lovely scent and comforting texture, Angel Snot is a heavenly reminder of the magic at work in our everyday lives. We say "Bless You" when someone sneezes because medieval folk believed a sneeze was the soul escaping the body. Clearly, there is a strong connection between nasal mucus and the miraculous power of heaven's messengers. This beautiful jasmine-scented pearlescent [sic] substance is both sacred and fun to play with. Squish it, bounce it, stretch it -- just don't wipe it on the back of the couch."

8. Ceramic Smoking Baby

Some items are good joke items in that they make you laugh. I just don't get the concept of why anyone would need or want a fake ceramic baby that smokes. Does anyone ever crave seeing a baby smoking?

Ceramic Smoking BabyCeramic Smoking Baby

"Of all the things that shouldn't smoke, babies are at the top of the list...Ceramic babies smoking, on the other hand, are strangely appealing. ..Each infant comes with a pack of ten Li'l Smokes and has another one in its mouth, ready to light up and puff."

7. Garbage Packed in a Vacuum Sealed Lucite Cube

Garbage is umm, garbage. Basically stuff that you are trying to dispose of from you life. So why do you need to package it up into a clear container to clutter up your shelves with?

Vacuum Packed GarbageVacuum Packed Garbage

Do you need more garbage in your life? And are you willing to pay for it?

6. Custom Painting of You as Mona Lisa

Mona LisaMona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is a classic paiting know the world over for its beauty. Frankly, I find it a bit boring but I realize why its a classic. So why would you ruin it by adding a ugly mug of yourself?

5. Internet Urinal

This is a plastic urine container device for your home? How big would your house have to be so the bathroom is too far from the desk that you could not get up to go to the bathroom? If you are really desperate, why couldn't you just use an old cup?

Internet UrinalInternet Urinal

"Shopping, gaming, chat rooms, cyber-dating - the internet is such an addictive and time-consuming force, who's got time to go? With the Internet Urinal, you'll never have to leave your computer again. Imagine the freedom - destroy your opponents on network Quake without taking a break; drink as many cans of Jolt as you want and still be able to make that last important trade before the market closes."

4. Crashed Car Bonsai

I thought the whole purpose of a bonsai tree was to bring an element of beauty and peace into your life. I personally don't think constant reminders of car crashes do that.

Crashed Car BonsaiCrashed Car Bonsai

"CrashBonsai is the creation of ... an artist who is torn between the desire to create and destroy. Recently, he has been making bonsai plants, and combining them with model cars and trucks which he has creatively smashed and melted, to create "CrashBonsai," little living car crash sculptures.

..Each model is unique, and individually disassembled, cut, melted, filed, smashed, then reassembled to replicate a real fender bender."

3. Rat Powered Clock

Umm...the purpose of a clock is to keep accurate time and to make it readily accessible to the viewer. This clock only runs when the rat is running. So what good is a clock that does not keep time?

Rat Powered ClockRat Powered Clock

"Looking for a constant reminder that you're stuck in a pointless, no-win, monotonous rut? Then place a Rat Race Clock on your desk.This clock is unlike any other -- It features a gray rat on an industrial treadmill. Once every minute, the mechanical rat begins run. The wheel is connected to an intricate series of 12 gears -- So when the rat wheel goes around, it makes the clock's minute hand move 1-minute forward."

2. Completely Solar Powered Bicycle

What is the point of a bicycle, which is for exercise, to make it solar powered? What good is a bicycle that powers itself?

Solar Powered BicycleSolar Powered Bicycle

"[T]he first all Solar electric bicycle driven completely from power derived from the Sun’s Rays. The E-V Sunny Bicycle has light absorbing Solar panels built right into the Wheels, creating continual power from the Sun’s Rays, and maintaining a constant charge to the batteries. The bike is propelled by a 500 watt front hub motor.

1. The Turd Twister

Turds are not decorative items that you try to beautify. Why then a device that you can use to shape your turds. Are you actually going to share the results of your arts and craft project with someone else?

 Turd TwisterTurd Twister

"The Turd Twister is a complete kit for shaping your turd into amazing designs... Order today, and we'll send you our Turd Twister Starter Kit. The Starter Kit ships with our 10 most popular Turd Twisters for only $9.95. That's 10 laugh-inspiring, dishwasher-safe Turd Twisters, and that's just the beginning! In addition, you'll get the Amazing Manual called "How to Twist Your Turds"...

And as a bonus, by ordering online, we'll throw in a Safe-T-Floss™ Retraction Cord. Incredibly useful if your Turd Twister gets stuck somewhere it shouldn't be in the first place."

Jul 14, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Deja vu

Deja vu

Jul 26, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

See it where?

All the "see it here" links are broken... is that because these products don't really exist?

Jul 26, 2006
by smarter than you (not verified)

that whole reading thing will get you

Once every minute, the mechanical rat begins run. [...] So when the rat wheel goes around, it makes the clock's minute hand move 1-minute forward."

What about this says to you that the item doesn't keep time?

Jul 26, 2006
by Goshua (not verified)

Mona Lisa

What is the link for the custom Mona Lisa?

Jul 28, 2006
by Alexis

Lost all our links

Darn it - we've managed to lose all our links in this article.  When it says See it hear, you should be able to click through.  We'll get on it.  Thanks for letting us know.  



Aug 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)


that's a damn long list.....

Feb 29, 2008
by Anonymous

Dishwasher safe???

IF someone saw the need to purchase the Turd Twister... WHY would you put it in your dishwasher??? ICK

Mar 1, 2008
by Anonymous

its what it doesn't say that

its what it doesn't say that tells you. Even if the rat did run and the hand moved, and you could tell the time and all the works, that rat would eventually get tired and stop running, therefore you lose track of time......

Mar 2, 2008
by Anonymous

Yeah, I can see how a

Yeah, I can see how a MECHANICAL rat would get tired.

Jul 16, 2008
by Anonymous

hmmm...you make several

hmmm...you make several interesting points.....

but you my friend....ARE A NUTJOB !! =]