Every great invention starts with a thought. It’s a moment when the proverbial light bulb goes off and a truly great idea emerges. Sure, we’ve all heard the stories about how Alexander Graham Bell invented the Graham Cracker or how the French duo Jacques Hone and Pierre Buket came up with the Honey Bucket. But it’s the lesser known inventions that intrigue me.
Here are some of the finest to date:
The Singing Pitch Aid
In 2008, a burly guy with a deep voice longed to sing falsetto. His dream was to be like Robert Plant hitting the high notes. His invention was simple – swing your head until contact is made and repeat as needed.
In 1984 Larry thought he’d come up with the perfect electric car. A dump truck thought otherwise. RIP.
Equal Opportunity Gangster Wear
Have you ever seen someone with their pants almost falling off their butt and thought “I could do that but I’m just too fashionable to go there.” One woman in Japan did a few years ago. The results (with built in jean-thong) are simply amazing. They’re tight.
Do you fret about the waste you produce as a First-World citizen? Do you find that throwing away even a single match fills you with extreme guilt? It did for the guy who invented this.
The Down On De-Corner Tool
Almost choking to death while shaving corn off a cob with your teeth is no laughing matter. After switching to baby corn for a few disappointing years, it inspired one guy to invent something like this.
Home Slip-And-Slide Kit
A Slip-And-Slide made from old roof shingles seemed like a cool way for this dad to teach his kids the value of recycling. But something about the slip-factor was off.
And probably the best lesser-known invention ever:
The Wearable Mini-Menorah
Feeling left out at the office party, a woman in 2006 came up with this. Great idea, but eye injuries doomed it to the same fate as the Home Slip-And-Slide Kit.
We salute you!