No one will dispute the number of amazing inventions that took place in the 20th century – X-ray machines, electric appliances for the home, and computers, to name a few. But there are some inventions that were just plain … silly.
Silly Putty – a mistake while looking for rubber substitutes, it became a hugely popular toy.
Furby – for people who wanted a pet but not the responsibility. So why not just buy a stuffed animal?
Bedazzler – this gadget made millions, but really, how many jewels can one person wear on their clothes?
Snuggies – the concept is ridiculously simple. Put your long bathrobe on backwards, give it a new name and make millions.
And of course, no list would be complete without the Chia Pet – I still don’t quite understand the logic of this invention. To me, it’s right up there with pet rocks.
Do you have an idea for a new gadget or toy? Patent it. Who knows, you might be the next millionaire.
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