A person who invents something that leaves an impact to the society in the long run, can be considered a highly creative human being, if not a genius. Take a look at the inventor of the first practical telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, or the infamous crazy genius Albert Einstein, these figures had invented what seemed to be unthinkable, borderline ridiculous back then, but look at how far the technology had been developed into now (psst, smartphones!).
Since then, modern inventions have sprouted like mushrooms; traffic light to ensure road safety or tthe refrigerator that stores foods and eventually changed the food industry by storm, they all have proved to be a great addition to the society. However, what happens when these inventions get a little (or too) out of hand? You will not believe some of the craziest inventions people can come up with. I mean, just take a look at these!
1.Boyfriend Body Pillow
All you single people out there, you are not alone! Figuratively speaking, of course. The rather unsightly Boyfriend Body Pillow gives you the feel of a companionship, without an actual person. Essentially a pillow in the shape of the upper torso of a man and a soft arm, lonely users can slot themselves in for a good, satisfying cuddle. The torso is even dressed up in half a shirt, which makes the pillow looks super vivid AND creepy too!
2.Anti-Pervert Hairy Stocking
Yes, you’ve read it perfectly fine. Hairy stocking. This weird craft is originally from the land where a copy of anything and everything is found, China. Said to help keep away girls from the perverts, it is no surprise that this invention became a viral sensation when it first appeared on a microblogging Chinese site Sina Weibo (China’s version of Twitter). The primary function is to repulse the male sex with a pair of gorilla-looking legs on a girl and would not assault her. This begs the question, what if the pervert loves hairy legs?
A Japanese juice vendor, Kagome, invented Petit-Tomatan – a robot that will feed you tomatoes while you run. I would say this could be the most bizarre invention from Japan, but then again, it’s Japan. This robot sits on a harness on the back of your neck with its long metal arms extended on either side of your face. Tomatan extracts a tomato from a stash and uses its arms to present it directly to the user’s mouth. The robot is also equipped with a timer to prevent the tomato supply from finishing too quickly. Japanese people surely love to be fully prepared from their head to their toma-toes
4.The Ab Hancer
Six packs in just seconds? Sign me up! This is just not an ordinary Ab Hancer, it claims to be able to give you the six packs you’ve always dreamed of in just seconds. Sounds too good to be true right? Well, Ab Hancer is basically an adjustable strap that fits around the stomach area. It dramatically gives your abdomen an illusion of six packs, similar to the marks on your face when you fell asleep face down. This product appeared online back in March 2011 and quickly became a talk of the town (Internet, I mean!). Guys, this doesn’t mean you can skip the gym now!
Ever wanted your kids to help you with the chores at home? Train them young! With the convenient baby mop onesie, you are guaranteed two things: comfortable attire for your child, and a sparkly clean floor. Yes, that’s right, your child cleans as they go. It first started out as a joke on a Japanese spoof advertisement for a baby outfit with a mop attached to it, but due to the hype it was turned into a real product. Could this perhaps be another form for child labour? I disapprove!
6.Anti-theft Lunch Bags
Thank God for such an invention because I hate sharing my food. These plastic lunch bags come with fake mold prints on them, increasing the security of your lunch at work – any chance of anyone laying their hands on a mouldy sandwich? As horrifying as it looks, the food inside is completely safe to eat. I definitely won’t touch any food inside this anti-theft lunch bag.
There’s no denying that many modern inventions have helped in improving our quality of life, no matter how ridiculous we may think it is. A thousand years from now, a current so-called wacky invention might be developed into something that is highly useful to humanity. It’s all a matter of perspectives. For me, it’s genius! What say you?