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Friday, August 31, 2012

Dumbest Inventions of the 20th Century: Part I

Epic Fails: 10 of the Dumbest Inventions of the 20th Century
from gajitz.com

Here are a few of the worst inventions of the  20th Century  (in no particular order) described as really dumb, silly or useless  by gajitz.com. I believe though that these is so ONLY because the idea and the product itself never took off for one reason or another other than being silly at the onset. Some of the items actually look cool to me if properly marketed at this time. You be the judge....
(all images via: Life)

1. Motorized surfboard-
Back in 1948, there was apparently nothing weird about riding across a lake on a motorized surfboard while wearing a nice suit and bowler hat and smoking a cigarette. Forget his lack of safety gear – inventor Joe Gilpin looks cool gliding along on the water.This invention could still be a hit with the surfing (beach) crowd noawadays!

2. Flying platform

This invention was only dumb because the Green Goblin stole it and used it to terrorize New York City. This flying platform was developed for the military, and in this picture it’s being tested at an Air Force base. This could still be a precursor for a personal transportation vehicle in the future. 

3. Phone-picking-up machine

A machine that answers the phone? Genius! Except…this one couldn’t talk, play a greeting or record the caller’s voice. So, really, it was more like a phone-picking-up machine.

4. Baby cage 

Humans in the 1930s had a much higher infant mortality rate than the one we experience today, and we think we’ve found the reason: inventions like this insane baby cage that suspends your precious bundle of joy out of the window, high above the very hard pavement below. I believe the idea was more to address the warm summer days especially irritating babies  - but of course with the utter disregard for the child's safety this idea would still be dumb any century!

5. Baby carrier- on skates! 

This is another example of superb 1930s parenting: a baby carrier suspended between two parents. It seems slightly risky, but not like the most dangerous thing ever…until you realize that the parents in question are ice skating. Again.. dumb any time...


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