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Worst Inventions of All Time

Updated on July 27, 2016

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Beta Max tried and failed miserably to compete with VHS in the VCR video tape market.  In the long run they both became outdated and the DVD took over.
Beta Max tried and failed miserably to compete with VHS in the VCR video tape market. In the long run they both became outdated and the DVD took over. | Source
As this Time Magazine cover illustrates New Coke was a complete waste of time.
As this Time Magazine cover illustrates New Coke was a complete waste of time. | Source
The flying tank was a dumb idea and it was thought up shortly before the start of WW2.
The flying tank was a dumb idea and it was thought up shortly before the start of WW2. | Source
The parachute Jacket was completely ridiculous looking and irrelevant before it got going.
The parachute Jacket was completely ridiculous looking and irrelevant before it got going. | Source
The two way cigarette holder never caught on and in retrospect what a hilarious attempt to pocket money.
The two way cigarette holder never caught on and in retrospect what a hilarious attempt to pocket money. | Source

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Ten Worst Inventions Ever

1. New Coke (1985) Do not try to fix it if it's not broken. The New Coke or Coke 2 as it was sometimes referred to as was a lame attempt to change Coca Cola's original flavor. When I was ten years old back in 1988 the teenager across the street from me in Alabama was on a "New Coke" commercial and I will never forget him saying New Coke did not taste well. That was obvious by the sells which were terrible.

2. Stop Eating Face Mask (1982) This anti-eating mask was patented in 1982 and the idea was to make you aware of over indulging. Imagine how crazy this idea is. If a person is hungry all they have to do is unstrap the Mask to eat. This is a prime example of pure greed at its finest. How could a mask influence your eating habits?

3. Hydrogen Blimps (1937) Hydrogen Blimps were replaced with helium after

4. Beta Max (1975) Sony released Betamax to compete with VHS for VCR's which were a big thing before DVD Players came about. What a mistake. Betamax tapes tended to get the tape stuck in the player or unravel even on newer tapes. Hydrogen was attempted to replace helium because it's cheaper but it is also highly flammable.

5. Spray- On Hair (1975) Spray-On hair is a powdery substance that you spray over bald spots on your head. It looked horrible because it was obvious that it was spray on hair in a can especially with black or dark brown hair. You might as well spray your head with spray paint because that's what it looks like anyways. Not to mention this spray hair sticky and hard to wash out if you wanted it shampooed out.

6. Rocket Belt (1960) The Rocket Belt propels the user slowly using very low propulsion power and allows him to hover or fly if you will several feet in the air. It was a great concept but a constant failure for more than seconds at a time and they could not remedy the problem of very short term air travel. This space age type of invention still cannot and has not been accomplished fifty years later.

7. Flying Tanks (1932) The idea is that the tank can fly around shooting and then lose the plane wings when it's grounded for ground war fare. Once again a fantastic idea and theory but it never fully worked therefore it was given up on. Imagination is one thing but action is another thing entirely. This tanks were originally supposed to be up, ready and deployed during WW2 but they could not get the dynamics down pat.

8. Cigarette Holder For Two (1910) Cigarettes and cigars were all the rage in the early 1900's and everyone seemed to be doing it. It seems astounding now to think people would share cigarettes with a holder but anything to make a buck. In defense of this weird contraption it was not known that cigarettes caused cancer in 1919.

9. Shower Hood (1970) The Shower Hood fits around your head and protects the hair from getting wet while taking a shower. Their are newer variations of this idea that work and are on the market but this funny looking contraption looks llie a NASA space mask for an astronaut. The idea is to get wet everywhere except for your head but they were also reported to leak.

10. Parachute Jacket (1912) The German man who invented this device tried to demonstrate it to the world by jumping off the Eiffel Tower but the Chute did not open and he died in front of a huge crowd of spectators watching from the ground below. The jacket was so big and bulky that it would be hard to operate even if it worked properly.

* Let me know what you believe is the worst or dumbest invention ever created by sharing your thoughts in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this article.

Shower Hood

The "Shower Hood" could possibly be the most ignorant invention ever thought up.
The "Shower Hood" could possibly be the most ignorant invention ever thought up. | Source

Video Game Console Failures

Atari Jaguar
Digiblast
Sega 32X
Panasonic 3DO
Philips CD-I
Apple Pinnie
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six video game systems that failed miserably.

Five More Invention Failures

1. Inflatable Dartboard- What a stupid and blatant attempt at making a profit. Come on I mean an inflatable dartboard. That way you have to purchase an inflatable Dartboard patch kit to fix it.

2. Pedal Powered Wheel Chair- This invention of course never made it out of the laboratory and good thing to because this is one disrespectful invention to say the least.

3. I Phone Fingers- This shameless invention is supposed to prevent I Phones and I Pads from getting smears and smudges on the screens.

4. Solar Powered Flashlights- These flashlights have evolved but the first ones were quite irrelevant because they only worked in the sunlight when they were not even needed.

5. Books on How To Read- Imagine being able to read and reading a book on how to read. What in the world? And if you cannot read then you can't read a book on how to read.

Worst Inventions of All Time

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Spray- On Hair

Spray on hair was a disaster and it even was known to leak color onto the users face.
Spray on hair was a disaster and it even was known to leak color onto the users face. | Source

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