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8 Really Wacky Inventions From Time Magazine's 50 Worst

Time Magazine just published its list of the 50 Worst Inventions.  Some of these inventions are really old, like the crinoline and tanning beds.  Others aren't even around any more, like the Ford Pinto and the Pontiac Aztek.  And many, like Agent Orange, plastic shopping bags, and DDT, historically really called for a more timely worst inventions list.  But some of Time's 50 Worst Inventions are worth a look just for being so darned ... wacky!

This one is my fave...

 

1.  The Hula Chair, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

Another ab machine, but this one is definitely flipped out! These guys can hardly keep a straight face doing the Hula Chair commercial!

 

 

Now, here's what happens in real life...

 

 

 


2.  Phone Fingers, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

At t a cost of €10, I'd say there's some inflation taking place in the old Euro.  But, to be fair, the Phone Fingers do come in different sizes and colors, just like condoms.

 

Phone Fingers: image via Time.comPhone Fingers: image via Time.com

 

 

3.  Bumpit, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

Bumpit is a device that creates a bump on your head under your hair.  It's everything you need to become a 60's waitress, a Mafia broad, or... do you see a resemblance?

 

Island Earth Mutant vs. BumpitIsland Earth Mutant vs. Bumpit

 

 

4.  Electric Facial Mask, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

Rejuvenique "masquerading" as electric face beater.  Watch the sequel: Facie Neuropathia

 

 

 

 

5.  Hair In A Can, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

"Look Mom, Dad has hair!"
"Yes, dear.  All over the bathroom walls."
(Spray On Hair)

 

Spray On HairSpray On Hair

 

 

6. Venetian Blind Sunglasses, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

When you want to get a good look at your EKG...

 

Kayne West in Venetian Blind Sunglasses: Dave Hogan/Getty Images via Time.comKayne West in Venetian Blind Sunglasses: Dave Hogan/Getty Images via Time.com

 


7.  Comfort Wipe, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

Used toilet paper?  Blech. Don't wipe yourself, let the Comfort Wipe do it; you'll never have to touch a dirty piece of toilet paper again. 

 

 

 

8.  CueCat, Wacky Product From Time's 50 Worst Inventions

The CueCat had to be dreamed up while its inventors were stoned; then they stayed in that condition until they manufactured and shipped a million of them. Back in the '90s, these mouse devices, which read bar codes off magazines, were supposed to be a means of getting readers to visit certain websites from the codes.  Despite the fact they were shipped out free to magazine subscribers, they just never caught on.

 

CueCat: image via Time.comCueCat: image via Time.com

 


Visit Time Magazine, The 50 Worst Inventions and see what you think of the editor's picks.