We're not sure if the devil made them do it, but these were all really bad ideas.
The Post Quiz: Bad Ideas
Do you know about these bad ideas? Answer the questions.
- This 'energy drink' was invented in 1959 by the felicitously-named Dr. DeForest C. Jarvis. Its mixture of honey and apple cider vinegar is said to be healthy, but hardly anybody enjoyed the taste. What's it called?
- Possibly the most irritating 'feature' ever invented by Microsoft Word, this chirpy little paperclip offered to 'help' you write a letter whenever you typed the word 'dear'. Users made ominous references to Sirius Cybernetics. What was the nuisance's name?
- Want to find out where the enemy is hiding? Kill all the trees. This product had deadly effect. What was it called?
- The Soviets caused the panic over this food additive in 1976. So the less-colourful M&M bags were a Commie plot. (We knew it!) What was this stuff that either did, or maybe did not, cause cancer?
- Franz Reichelt, inventor, had the Worst Idea Ever in 1912. He jumped off the Eiffel Tower wearing his latest invention, and they ended up measuring how deep a hole he made. What was this thing?
- Modern iPhone users who loathe those dirty fingerprints on their screen could buy these wonderful inventions for only 10 euros. By what clever name are they called?
- This electronic 'pet' was supposed to teach children responsibility. At least, that's what we figure. But your 'pet' would 'die' if you didn't 'feed' it. This brilliant scam was a Japanese invention. What did they call this, besides 'worse than a pet rock'?
- Not content with tormenting its users with that paperclip, Microsoft invented Microsoft Bob. Buyers stayed away in droves. What horrible legacy did Microsoft Bob leave us on our font menu?
- In 2008, New York City installed its first pay toilets. For 25 cents, a patron could use the toilet for 15 minutes. What happened when the 15 minutes were up?
- In 1973, Henry Smolinski and a foolhardy passenger crashed and died in the test flight of a 'flying car'. What two elements did Smolinski combine to make this unsuccessful vehicle?
You may get nightmares from this quiz, but click on the picture for the answers.