Creativity is the process of imagining new ideas to produce something with an artistic and original touch; Innovation, on the other hand, is the process of implementing this new method or new idea to develop a fully-fledged novelty product for the betterment of humanity. However, these processes of innovating and inventing new and contemporary products can sometimes get the inventor carried away and give birth to bizarre and unexplainable effects with no practicality whatsoever.
So, here we have some of the weirdest innovations in the 21st century giving way to these new inventions, from robotic servers and high-tech bicycles to privacy visors, which don’t make much sense. You decide for yourself.
10. The Sperm Bike
Invented for the efficient delivery and easy transport of sperm from different parts of Seattle to fertility clinics all around the city, Biologist analyst Alan Dowden of the Seattle Sperm Bank rides the newly invented, custom-designed high-tech Sperm Bike. The bike, although made to deliver sperms from donors to the respected clinics around Seattle, riding would still be a little out of the ordinary because all the hard work put into the bike’s high-tech design, however, makes it still lacks a shared sense of style. It looks literally like a sperm, and that makes it a viable candidate on our list as one of the weirdest innovations of the 21st century.
9. Wondrous Bra
Call it wondrous, call it weird, but whatever it may be, it still is a bra; if you think all it does is cover up under parts of beautiful women, think again. According to Reuters, Japanese urban farmers who wear the gimmicky new undergarment can grow their own rice in these wondrous bras in recyclable plastic pots that double as cups. These pots can be soiled and filled with any seed/plant of your liking, and the best part is that the wearer can water the plant with a hose that doubles as a belt that loops around the waist. Talk about convenience.
8. Baby Beer Bottle
Well, is it a baby bottle? It looks like a beer bottle, though! No, wait, it’s both. Yes, it’s the world’s first ever Baby Beer Bottle, and Anheuser- Busch is not entirely happy with this weird yet wonderful invention and is suing Baby Beer Bottles Inc for trademark infringement. According to the Smoking Gun, these bottles are sold in the name of “Bunwiper” and “Little Tike” bottles that look like beer bottles for $19.99 for a gift-wrapped set.
7. Handerpants Fingerless Gloves
If anyone in this world wants to be reminded of their buttocks while looking at their hands, then we believe Handerpants Fingerless Gloves are just the invention for you. Wearing these cheeky gloves will help you make a statement if weird is your way of kicking it. You could even wear them under a pair of gloves for an extra layer; that’s the whole point, Handerpants, just like Underpants. Get it?
6. Potty Putter
That’s right, folks; it’s the latest, perhaps the weirdest invention in our century; the all-new Potty Putter. As the name suggests, it is an invention innovated to help you entertain yourself while you take a dump and take care of your filthy business. This invention is for all the health enthusiasts who want to make their time in the Potty a little more worth the wait and a lot more interesting than just the simple magazine.
5. Robotic Waiter
A Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China, is home to Robotic high-tech servers that serve your food in an experience that an ordinary human server can never match. These robots look somewhat like wall-e from the 2008 Hollywood movie “Wall-e.” They are interactive and deal with you in such ways that it takes you away to that futuristic world, maybe even for a minute, but still something we may not live to see in our lifetimes.
4. Hog Wild Twirling Spaghetti Fork
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re dead hungry and feel like you could eat anything in one single gulp, but all you have is spaghetti on the plate while trying to twirl it onto your fork? It just won’t buzz. If you have been in this situation, you should order the Hog Wild Twirling Spaghetti Fork online from Amazon.com. That has this weird yet wonderful product offered with a cheeky tagline, “more satisfying bits and 100% twirling fun.”
3. Hula Chair with Innovative Elliptical Motion
Promoting the idea of waking up naturally in the morning without coffee or any unhealthy energy drinks, the Hula Chair vibrates you awake. It is seemingly the most practical of all the weird inventions of our time. This modern miracle combines the best of ancient Chinese medicine with 21st-century space-age tech to give its users a satisfying wakefulness in the morning without ingesting anything, so order one now and let its elliptical motion work wonders on your body.
2. White Castle Candle
White Castle, as we all must know, is a fine choice when hungry or in desperate need of a burger, but would you want your entire house to smell like one of those burgers? We don’t know about you, but the company sure hopes you do, as they’ve just released a $10 White Castle candle, which smells like one of their “slider” burgers. As weird as it may sound, this fast-food company has teamed up with Laura Slatkin, often referred to as the “queen” of home fragrances, to introduce a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America’s first fast-food hamburger.
1. Twitter toilet paper
A creative team of individuals has devised a weird yet exciting way to earn a few bucks and a few laughs by printing Twitter feeds onto rolls of toilet paper. Sold in packs of four at $35, customers can choose between their tweets, friends, or a particular feed to be printed on their specific rolls. With the tagline,” Social media has never been so disposable,” and collectively named the Shitter, it is undoubtedly one of the best ways of making your trip to the washroom more interesting.
Conclusion: Despite their efforts to change specific ways and traits of our daily lives, these inventions cannot help but be a little weird and out of the box. In my opinion, the world isn’t ready for anything out of the ordinary. Yes, of course, people in the innovation business are, but the common public or the average Joe would still be happy to go along with whatever the people around him/her are doing. This doesn’t mean we cannot change our mindset and are doomed for the rest of eternity, but it will take a little longer than we expected and can be done only one mind at a time.
Nikhil is musician by choice, writer by profession. Currently, studying Bachelors in Hospitality.