Although one hit wonders are usually associated with music, today we are going to expand the definition significantly. Whether it is a book, toy, movie, video game, or even a sport, all of the following share one thing in common…they don’t have a sequel! These are 25 of the most famous non-musical one hit wonders!
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
This politician turned farmer was called upon by Ancient Rome to lead the army against Rome’s enemies during a military emergency. In spite of assuming the role of a supreme dictator, he resigned 2 weeks later after defeating Rome’s enemies and returned to his farm.
President James K. Polk
Although he only served one term, he is considered to be the only president to fulfill all his campaign goals (such as the annexation of Oregon Country, Texas, and most of the Southwest). Of course, most of those goals weren’t really all that noble as they were motivated by greed and inevitably led to their fair share of war and death.
It was a planet for 80 Earth years. That’s barely ⅓ of a Pluto year. That’s right, it was a planet for less than half of its year.
The company came out with one shoe and then ran into inventory problems before it could diversify.
Erno Rubik made a few more math toys later in life, but none became quite so popular as his cube.
Rocket Chemical was looking to make degreasers for rockets. It was only on their 40th try that they finally came up with a useful solution. They named it WD-40 and eventually even changed their company name to reflect what is basically their only product.
Edmund Gettier, a philosopher at the Wayne State University in Detroit wrote a 3 page paper in 1963 just to satisfy the administration’s publication requirements. He thought it was so bad that he had it translated to Spanish and published in an obscure South American philosophy journal. As it turns out, those 3 pages turned 2,000 years of philosophy on its head. It lead to what is known as the Gettier problem. Basically, he showed that justified true belief isn’t really knowledge (you’ll have to google this, it’s pretty interesting). At any rate, Edmund just went back to being a normal philosophy professor afterwards.
It was basically the first antibiotic, and although it’s still used today, lots of bacteria are now resistant.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee made Atticus Finch, the protagonist of the century. It’s hard to top that.
Winnie the Pooh
A. Milne was a pretty well known scholar, but he had a hard time being taken seriously after publishing his children’s book.
He was the first man in space, but the Soviets wouldn’t let him go back. Apparently his life was too valuable to the propaganda machine. Ironically enough, he died shortly afterwards in a plane crash.
Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen took it down from the app store almost right after it came out. Although it took the world by storm, Dong hasn’t made any such waves since then.
It’s one of the best selling games of all time. You can’t beat that.
None of the other Wachowski films could quite measure up to the success of the Matrix Trilogy.
Invisible Children came up with one scam and then quit game.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as screenwriters
Apparently being a famous movie star is a much better gig.
There wasn’t much room for a sequel…
He was an NBA star for barely half a season. Now he’s back to normal.
He was propelled to fame as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars. Shortly thereafter he quit acting.
Burundi’s gold medal
Venuste Niyongabo was the first athlete Burundi ever sent to the Olympics. He won gold, but Burundi hasn’t won a single medal since.
James Naismith invented one sport and stopped there. Who does that?
P.S. we’re being sarcastic.
Can you name anything else that Tom has done lately?
Developed by Swedish programmer Markus Persson, also known as Notch, he went from no name developer to one of the world’s richest people in a matter of a few years.
It was the only model ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. Most of you probably know it from Back To The Future.
It’s basically Jagex’s only game.
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