Posted on 29 March 2011.
Inventions are much termed as historical events by us. However, certain inventions aren’t meant to be as historic as others are. Such inventions can be classified as very less useful to consider them for anything. These dumb inventions also have their place in classic ranking for top dumb inventions list. Let’s review top 10 most useless inventions in history.
1. Hubbard Electrometer, 1968
This device was invented by Volney Mathison, who was collaborating with Hubbard in his experiments. Hubbard claims that the device is capable of measuring whether vegetables and fruits feel pain or not. He tested it on tomatoes and claimed that the tomatoes “screamed when sliced’. The original use of this device is restricted by the Church of Scientology for professionals. It is based as a religious practice by trying to gain knowledge of spiritual freedom of a soul. This device neither fulfills any religious claims properly not does it gives any use to the vegetable experiment that was claimed by Hubbard. Leaving the spiritual artifact side alone, it also lacks proper reasoning for its methods of practice and results, which are controversial. The lack of proper structure and explanation has already made its practice restricted scientifically.
2. Finnish Portable Sauna, 1962
Now, this is funnier than you can imagine. What is a sauna experience if you carry it around anywhere and everywhere with you? Is it making you feel great. Well, the truth is it isn’t any good as real sauna. Besides its funny structure narrows all your scope to relax while you are having one. If you can afford something that might be of no use any further, but looks like a luxury, this portable sauna is just the thing. It was criticized for its model, shape, quality and even its idea in its time.
3. Baby Cage, 1937
These Baby Cages were available in London to Chelsea Baby Club members to facilitate them to hang the baby in the cage outside the window. They didn’t have any gardens or any specific place where they can leave their babies when they cannot be left in the house or the streets. So this was the alternative. It sure didn’t work but it was still imagined that parents would want to hang their children outside of high block window for the baby’s entertainment! With a baby, so sensitive and soft to handle, it is hard to imagine that someone did invent this baby cage as a useful thing.
4. Illuminated Tires, 1961
We have black tires in automobile and technology is devoted in making them more efficient for the weight of the automobile and their torque. However, this invention was entirely different. The automobile had Illuminated Tires, not one but all four of them! It was still a limelight for its degree of entertainment. Otherwise, it was completely useless for any automobile.
5. Rainy Day Cigarette Holder, 1954
Now we all know it is hard to give up smoking, but how far one can go to smoke? This experiment is the best answer. Rainy day cigarette holder was invented by Robert L. Stern to facilitate smoking even when it is raining and ones feels like smoking. However, it was not even adopted by chain smokers. The cigarette holder consists of a device covering the cigarette to protect it from raindrops while one is smoking. It you really wish to try it, you will see it is not very useful for the same purpose either.