The most stupid inventions (30 pics)

Let's look at how far can the human imagination go, when people have too much time on their hands.
Maybe these inventions are not that stupid but the fact is that they are unnecessary. Well, it’s the human nature – always wanting to experiment and invent. This is a good thing though ;)

Curved Barrel Machine Gun, 1953
1 The most stupid inventions (30 pics)

The 20th century saw many astounding technological innovations. The automobile revolutionized the way people live and work, the internet changed the way people think about information, and the U.S. of A put a man on the moon. But some technological advances that came in the earlier part of the 20th centry weren't exactly meant for the history books. Because they were stupid. Take, for example, this M3 sub-machine gun with a curved barrel for shooting around corners. It's the perfect gun for the "shoot first, look where you're shooting later" kind of guy.

Anti-Bandit Bag, 1963
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Inventor John H T Rinfret demonstrates his anti-bandit bag. To foil thieves the chain is pulled and the bottom of the case falls out so the contents are scattered over the floor. That'll stop those thieves from getting at the contents of your bag! No, wait. It won't.

Hubbard Electrometer, 1968
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American science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard uses his Hubbard Electrometer to determine whether tomatoes experience pain, 1968. His work led him to the conclusion that tomatoes "scream when sliced."

Cup Bras, 1949
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Charles L. Langs poses with his strapless, backless, wireless, support-less bras. His wife is justifiably dubious.

Finnish Portable Sauna, 1962
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Baby Cage, 1937
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A nanny supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high tenement block window. The cages were distributed to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London who have no gardens, or qualms about putting a child in a box dangling over a busy street.

Laryngaphone, 1929
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A man at a shipping exhibition in Olympia, London, demonstrating the ''Laryngaphone,'' a noise-excluding telephone which only transmits vibrations from the vocal chords when the microphone is placed against the throat or cheek. For the man who wants to annoy both his wife and his mistress

Motorized Surfboard, 1948
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Hollywood inventor Joe Gilpin riding his motorized surfboard.

Rainy Day Cigarette Holder, 1954
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President of Zeus Corp., Robert L. Stern, smoking a cigarette from his self-designed rainy day cigarette holder.

Rocket Belt, 1961
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Engineer Harold Graham salutes President Kennedy after demonstrating Rocket Belt for him.

Honegar, 1959
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Inventor of a honey and vinegar mixture, called Honegar, Dr. DeForest C. Jarvis. Honegar was said to be a folk remedy for aches and pains, though it mainly sounds like a cure for lack of nausea.

Illuminated Tires, 1961
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A woman adjusts her stocking by the light of the Goodyear's illuminated tires. The tire is made from a single piece of synthetic rubber and is brightly lit by bulbs mounted inside the wheel rim.

Shower Hood, 1970
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For the woman who likes to put makeup on her dirty face.

Cigarette Pack Holder, 1955
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Handwriting Game, 1955
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A handwriting game being analysed by members of the Ideal Toy panel on Inventor's Day at the Ideal Toy Company in Hollis, New York. Because there's nothing children love more than handwriting.

Fast-Draw Robot, 1960
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Robot equipped with fast-draw invention shoots it out with live gunner. It's always easy to question the wisdom of giving a robot a gun, but also making him quick on the draw is just irresponsible.

Yodel Meter, 1925
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Two girls try out the new yodel meter, which measures the pitch of the human yodel.

Mini Television, 1966
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British inventor Clive Sinclair shows off his mini television. Please note the thickness of his glasses.

Flying Platform, 1956
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Flying platforms being tested at an Air Force base.

Beating Breasts, 1963
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A pair of artificial breasts with a built-in heartbeat, an invention from — where else? — Japan intended as a sleeping aid for very young children.

Venetian Blind Sunglasses, 1950
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It was a bad idea then, it's a bad idea now. Sorry, Kanye.

Birdman Suit, 1955
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Birdman Leo Valentin demonstrates his method of flying from a special harness. Valentin died when his invention failed him after jumping out of an airplane in 1956.

Phone-Answering Robot, 1964
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A robot designed by Claus Scholz of Vienna answers the phone, though it cannot speak. Halfway there, Claus.

Baby Holder, 1937
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Jack Milford, player with the Wembley Monarchs ice hockey team, has invented a carrying device so that his baby can join his wife and himself on the ice. Because who wouldn't want to take something as fragile as a baby onto a rock-hard surface with very little friction?

Sea-Shoes, 1962
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Inventor M W Hulton demonstrates his sea-shoes and duckfoot propellers on the Grand Union Canal, England.

T.V. Glasses, 1963
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Inventor Hugo Gernsback with his T.V. Glasses.

Cat-Mew Machine, 1963
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This mechanical cat can meow ten times a minute and the eyes light up each time. The device for scaring rats and mice is from Japan and is powered by a two-watt motor.

Dog Restrainer, 1940
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Cigarette Holder Built For Two, 1955
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External Turkey Roaster, 1966
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  1. Obefiend
    lol at the kanye glasses
  2. psycho
    yep the mane of post says all
  3. theking
    the sauna thing was awesome... and illuminated tires would look cool on some pimped out lambo...
  4. caxixi2002
    yeah i liked those light tires...
  5. sasanka7
  6. hideaf_s                    show commment
  7. R.B. Glennie
    why does it seem most of these `stupid' inventions are English?
  8. kero
    lol very stupid
  9. mtjs
    GENIUS swoon
  10. dilly
    R.B Glennie, i think you will find there are more american 'stupid' inventions than british on this page. try again
  11. monishanand
    41 41 41 clapping clapping clapping clapping
  12. mominco
    i like the illuminated tires and the mini tv would be so cute
  13. himes                    show commment
  15. Tarzan
    poor turkey.......
  16. jackspratstalk
    I think it's funny that all of those things were thought of so long ago... especially with all of the STUPID THINGS we're still thinking up now...

    The light-up tires are totally awesome... would be great on some hot cars now, imagine if they could change colors?

    And, aren't we still trying to be amazed over small t.v.'s? The fact that they made them so small back in a time when they still had tubes and stuff in them is more impressive than what they're making now, in my opinion...

  17. przemelek
    Laryngophone wasn't stupid idea ;-) It's still in use in places where is too noisy to use normal microphones. Ask wikipedia for Throat microphone or Laryngophone :-)
  18. dvzxc                    show commment
  19. severe_009
    [/color]Some are cool and maybe will come true like the rocket belt
  20. Tacoma
    I can definitely see people wanting the lit tires. Maybe it's too much of a pain to change the tire when the light burns out. But you could use a ton of LEDs, so if a few burned out it wouldn't matter. More power-efficient and durable too.

    But maybe the rubber itself isn't that durable. I can still see people buying them though as a status symbol, especially if they're impractical.
  21. some guy
    That first one was for shooting attacking troops off of tanks. the Germans came up with it at the end of ww2 the bullets would break up and not go very far, but you only needed them to hit the people attacking your tank so that didn't really matter. One of the troops inside the tank would stick it out a small hole and hose off of the attackers.

    would love to have a set of those tires
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    It is the coolest site, keep so!,
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    n_no n_what oh my GOD 27 36
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    35 35 35 35 35 u r all gay
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