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WEB & TECH / MAR. 02, 2015
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5 Stupidest Products Ever Created


Whether they have been thought up in a corporate R&D department or not, some products that we find on the shelves of our local stores are extraordinarily stupid, utterly insane and ridiculous. I have compiled a list of the craziest products ever created based on a Quora thread.

See also: 8 Office Products That Will Make Your Day Better

Here are the most popular responses:

#1 Privacy Scarf

Does the feeling of being spied at work make you feel overwhelmed? Do you want to watch adults only content without having everyone else watching what you are watching? Well, that’s where this privacy scarf/hook comes in handy.  It is specially designed for technology fans, to provide them with a private environment for their PC, mobile phone or gaming console. Well, while this product might look outright stupid, it has been featured in Design Week magazine in May 2014 as part of the promotion for the RCA Summer Show.

#2 Diet Water

 diet water

No, this not a Photoshop job, it’s real “Diet Water”. Well, a question that plausibly arises is since water has no (not even a single trace) fat and calories, what differentiates this product from regular water? According to reports, this product contains specialised peptide bonds that enter your blood streams and seek out fat cells. The product was launched in 2004 by the Japanese company Sapporo. Call me a negative nancy, but I am a bit sceptical about how different "Diet Water" is to normal water.

#3 Plastic-sealed Trays Containing Pre-peeled Bananas

German-owned supermarket chain Billa, known for labeling itself as the “common sense” grocery shopping destination, thought that putting pre-peeled bananas in a plastic wrap would be a brilliant idea because plastic wrap is so much easier to remove than a banana peel (!). This “brilliant” idea though was just enough to create an online uproar and spark harsh criticism among Environmental groups and consumers.  Fortunately, Billa apologised and called the product a “one-off” mistake that will not happen again.

#4 Anti-Masturbation Gum

Do you struggle with uncontrollable urges? Do you risk injuring yourself when driving by being unable to keep your hands where they should be? Nature’s urges can arise at the most awkward times. The Handz Off anti-masturbation gum enables you to soothe your fire. Two HandzOff chews offer 4 to 6 hours of relief. As weird as this product might be, keeping a fresh pack of anti-masturbation gum in your pocket at all times, could put an end to the days of embarrassing agony. But does it work? And even if it does, it is a pretty stupid product.

#5 Canned Air from Paris

When travelling to iconic destinations such as London, Paris, New York and Dubai is not possible for whatever reason, you can get a taste of that city’s air for a few bucks. Photographer Kirill Rudenko based his business plan on the “Spaceballs” movie and developed these 3,5 inch “canned air” products from Paris, New York and other major cities. The Paris air formula, for example, contains 20% The Louvre, 20% Notre Dame, 25% Eiffel Tower, 15% Musee d’Orsay, 10% Champs-Elysees and 10% Sacre Coeur.

The cans are available through Rudenko’s Etsy shop and come with wine-like labels that disclose the blend of concentrated air inside.

See also: 4 Ways to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love

What do you think of these products? Which one fascinated you most? Which do you think is the most stupid? Please have your say in the comments section below.

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