The Internet at the Speed of Thought

Products That Should Have Never Been Invented.

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Did You Ever Stop and Wonder, ‘Why?’

Life is filled with stuff.

In fact, following the latest zen trends, the basic teachings of multiple religions, or simply the advice of the old and wise, one of the best ways to reduce stress is by reducing clutter, and we can boost our own happiness and understanding of worth by ridding ourselves of unnecessary worldly possessions.

And yet, if you were to look around your desk, car, house, or apartment right now, what would you find? How many of the items surrounding you are things you really truly need? Chances are, not many.

Between our get-rich-quick entrepreneurial desires and our consumer-driven economy, it’s no surprise that we spend so much money on knickknacks that may give us instant gratification but that don’t provide any lasting pleasure.

Redditors were asked what some of the most pointless inventions of all time were, and this is what they came up with.

bad ideas hanging lightbulbs

Source: Twitter @HelloMyCRM

How many of these do you have?

-eDgAR-: Pop up ads.

bad inventions pop up ads

Source: Twitter @SimonHunter1929

Even the man responsible for them apologized for creating them.

introversed: Microbeads

bad inventions microbeads on finger

Source: Twitter @TelegraphNews

“Microbeads are plastic microspheres that are widely used in cosmetics as exfoliating agents. Microbeads from exfoliating personal care products and toothpastes are washed down the drain, pass unfiltered through the sewage treatment plants and make their way into rivers and canals, resulting in plastic particle water pollution. Plastic microbeads can stay in the environment for up to 50 years and accumulate into higher concentrations. For example, they have been found to pollute the Great Lakes in high concentrations, particularly Lake Erie.”

Rocketbird: Fun fact: Microbeads are banned in the US starting in mid-2017.