There are a lot of ideas and products floating around out there that seem sort of insane, or at least they did at one point. I know that a lot of people thought the idea of a “smartwatch” seemed kind of silly; nowadays, almost everyone owns one.
By the way, the upcoming Apple Watch sounds fantastic; it can tell if you have fallen. It can even call emergency services for you. It will literally save lives. I want one.
A lot of people thought tablet computers seemed like a silly idea. Frankly, I’m still not entirely sold on the concept. I couldn’t live without a laptop or smartphone, of course, but I don’t really need a tablet. Fortunately, my laptop is also a tablet!
There are a ton of silly products out there. A lot of them don’t really work, though. For example, I bought a thing that is supposed to make it really easy to peel hard-boiled eggs. It sounded great, as I love hard-boiled eggs, but I hate peeling them. Unfortunately, this product didn’t really make things any easier.
Here are twelve silly, creative ideas and products that actually seem to work pretty well.
1. The Rolling Bench
This might just be the most brilliant invention ever. Benches are great, since sometimes you get tired and need to sit down; however, if it has rained or snowed recently, benches can be terrible. I don’t know of anyone that particularly likes getting their butt wet. Plus, if you walk around in pants that are wet around your bottom, you look pretty stupid.
I find it hard to believe that no one invented this product decades ago. It isn’t like the technology is super advanced. We could have easily had rolling benches back in the 1990s.
Sadly, I don’t know in what cities these have been installed. If I did, I’d consider a trip there. I hope the person who invented this product has already made a small fortune.
2. The Coffee Table and the Fridge
This is not a silly product at all, but it is sort of creative. If you are comfortable in your chair or on your couch and want a beverage, you don’t want to have to get up and go to your regular fridge.
This product solves that problem. True, you could just buy a mini-fridge and stick it in your living room, but that would look sort of tacky. This product looks pretty classy. You definitely wouldn’t know it was a tiny refrigerator.
I wonder if it also charges your phones and laptops. I have seen coffee tables that do that, and they are fantastic.
3. The Driver and the Video Game
If I could hire a driver who would allow me to play video games in the backseat while I was taken to my destination, I would be one of the happiest people on the planet.
I love that a classic Nintendo game is being played. For those unfamiliar, the person in this image is playing “The Legend of Zelda”, which came out in 1986. It is one of the more popular video game series out there. There have been well over a dozen “Zelda” games in the years since the first one was released. Most of them were pretty good. Many are considered among the best video games ever made.
The most recently released “Zelda” game was “Breath of the Wild”, which was very different than most of the other games in the series. However, it was excellent; the critics loved it, as did pretty much everyone who played it. It was so good, frankly, that I am wondering how Nintendo will manage to make a better “Zelda” game. I am sure they’ll figure out a way, though. Nintendo definitely knows how to make fun games.
I have to wonder if there are other classic video games available to play in this car. A little “Super Mario Brothers” or maybe even “Metroid” would be kind of fun. I haven’t played those games in ages.
4. The Night Sky and the Airplane
Sadly, this night sky is simulated. It isn’t the real thing, which is a real shame. It’d be nice to be able to look up and see the stars when you’re on, for example, a transatlantic flight. Why can’t the very top of a plane be a giant window? I am sure there are engineering-related reasons, of course, but it would be interesting. It would also probably help those of us who are a bit claustrophobic.
One of the many reasons I don’t travel much anymore is that flying is unbearable. I’m not afraid to fly; I imagine I am more likely to get killed on the way to the airport. I just hate the whole airport experience. By the time I get on my flight and get all situated, I am ready to go home. I don’t even care about the trip anymore. By the time I get to my destination, I just want to abandon my belongings back home and start living wherever I am so that I never have to go to an airport or fly again.
5. The Reservoir and the Balls
These are non-toxic balls made of something non-toxic being dumped into a reservoir in Los Angeles. It is my understanding that sunlight causes issues with water contamination or something. These little balls will provide shade.
I am assuming studies were done and this will actually work; I am also assuming the balls were indeed non-toxic. I really don’t understand why sunlight will contaminate water in a reservoir. Then again, I am no scientist. I figure it has something to do with algae.
What bothers me is that I live very close to a reservoir. There is a bridge over it, and I drive over that bridge at least a couple of times a month. As far as I know, the state government isn’t doing a darn thing to keep that water safe from sunlight, which is apparently harmful to water now. That might be why the water that comes out of my faucets tastes godawful.
6. The Perfect Table and Chairs
This isn’t a silly idea at all, really; in fact, I have to wonder why I’ve never seen something so elegant before—table-wise, that is. Whoever designed this furniture clearly has a talent for design.]
This is great for anyone who doesn’t have a ton of space. It is also very stylish. The chairs and the table match perfectly, and it appears to be high quality.
If you have ever lived in New York City, or visited a friend who lives there, you know how tiny living spaces can be. If you want to live in Manhattan, you better be rich; otherwise, you’re going to end up living in an apartment that is the size of a somewhat large closet.
7. The Doorbell
If you are not familiar with the Ring video doorbell, it basically allows you to view and talk to people who ring your doorbell on your smartphone or another connected device. In theory, it is a great idea. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to know who is ringing your doorbell. It is also great to be able to tell people to go away if they are trying to sell you something or convert you to their weird religion.
However, that said, I am not a huge fan of “smart doorbells”. I have a neighbor with this device—or maybe a similar one. I’m not sure, honestly, because I try not to talk to her. All I know is that you can’t walk past or even near her house without her getting an alert on her smartphone. She’s the sort of person that has nothing better to do than spy on the neighbors. You all know the type, of course. She is a paranoid, retired busybody.
She once told me that her old neighbors—she lived in one house for something like 13 years—never talked to her. Well, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it is that people don’t like being spied on.
8. The Tie and the Phones
I really don’t like neckties. I don’t understand the point of the things in this day and age. Arguably, they never really had a point.
Still, guys are required to wear them once in a while. If you go on a job interview, you pretty much have to wear a tie. Also, you will probably have to wear one if you are getting married.
At least the tie in this image has a legitimate purpose. You can use it to clean your phone—which is fantastic. It is also a decent-looking tie.
I generally clean my phone with my t-shirt, but I have been told that doing so is bad for the screen. It is an old phone, though, so I really couldn’t care less. It hasn’t seemed to do any harm over the past three years. Throwing it against the wall when a relative ticked me off, though, did a good amount of damage.
9. The Outlet
This is a fantastic idea. Is this a set up that you can purchase, or do you have to install it yourself?
Why is it that outlets are always placed in the most inconvenient of places? That has always been my experience. I am sure that architects and contractors have reasons for placing them where they do; for the life of me, though, I can’t figure out what those reasons are.
In my experience, they are always where I want to place my furniture, which means I have to get on my hands and knees in order to plug stuff in.
10. The Avocado and the Label
This is yet another brilliant idea. I have no idea how to tell if an avocado is ripe. I don’t buy that many of them.
I do love avocado, though. It is delicious. Most avocados are produced in Mexico. Other leading producers include Peru and Indonesia.
Avocado is the basis of guacamole, which many of us love. I have tried to make it myself, but it never tasted great. Perhaps I just don’t have a good recipe. Most guacamole, in addition to the avocado, calls for tomato, garlic, cilantro, and onion.
While avocado is high in fat, it is also very good for you. For example, it is a good source of many of the B vitamins. It is also high in fiber and potassium.
11. The City and the Blackout Curtains
I love this so much. I would totally buy this if I could. I am assuming I would need to make it myself, though, and I don’t have the sort of talent required to do so.
I have only lived in a big city once in my life, and it was only for a brief period of time. However, like many people, I find there is something special about looking at the skyline of a big city—especially at night. It makes you feel sort of small in a way, but it also makes you feel connected to all of millions of people living and working in that city.