25 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity

Posted by , Updated on April 24, 2024

Typically, innovation and invention are considered positive things – they help the individual progress, and thus society as well. Without these creations, progress would halt. The industrial revolution marked a significant increase in the rate of new inventions. Indeed, as we step into the 21st century, the advancements in fields such as science, medicine, and technology are almost astounding. The progress appears to be limitless. Until this point.

To get things started, this list will no doubt contain its fair share of comic relief. So If you have eyelashes on your headlights, it’s okay to laugh. You don’t have to get mad. But for the rest of you, this list is sure to make you laugh straight through. There are just so many things that people have thought of that just don’t reflect very well on the rest of us. Ear candles? Reality TV? Shutter shades? Who in the world ever thought of these things? They’re definitely a step backwards in terms of human development. But that’s okay because at least we can laugh and have a good time talking about them. So here we go. These are 25 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity!


Featured Image: pixabay


Air conditioned shoes

Air conditioned shoesSource: reddit

No Hydro-Tech, they’re just shoes with holes in them.


Social media

Social mediaImage: pixabay, Source: wikipedia

Possibly nothing else in history has led so many people to question the state of humanity.



CrocsImage: pixabay, Source: wikipedia

Wearing them for hunting, gardening, or fishing makes sense. They’re functional and they get the job done. Wearing them to the grocery store? Your dignity will leak out through those holes.



HelmetsImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

As Seinfeld put it, we started doing hobbies that could potentially fracture our skulls. Instead of making those hobbies safer, or finding other hobbies, we just wore helmets and kept doing them.



SwagwaysImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

First Segways, now Swagways. The only thing worse than these two is a Walmart scooter.  ‘Murca.


Selfie sticks

Selfie sticksImage: wikipedia, Source: 9gag

This one has nearly reached plague status.



AlcoholSource: youtube

See youtube.


DVD Rewinder

DVD RewinderImage: methodshop .com via Flickr, Source: wikipedia

The actual product is genius. It’s the people that legitimately tried to rewind their DVD’s that we need to be worried about.


Fanny packs

Fanny packsImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

They are practical for sure, but definitely don’t wear these outside of North America, Europe, or Australia. You’re just asking to be kidnapped. Note: A baller’s bag is just as convenient (it doesn’t make your back hot in summer), nearly impossible to pickpocket without a knife, and they don’t make you look like a naive American.


Ripped clothing

Ripped clothingImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

So let’s get this straight…the jeans with the holes cost more? What if I buy these jeans, rip holes in them, and return them? At least show some consistency!


Fiji water

Fiji waterSource: reddit

If you’re buying Fiji water, you obviously live in a 1st world country, and you probably haven’t traveled much. It’s called tap water, and its delicious.


New Year's glasses

New Year's glassesSource: 9gag

This sort of made sense back when years had two big 0’s in the middle. They don’t anymore. It’s just weird now.


Socks with sandals

Socks with sandalsSource: wikipedia

Germany, we want a word with you.


Toxin removing footpads

Toxin removing footpadsSource: wikipedia

You can’t “detoxify” your body. In medical terms, it’s nonsense. If you’re buying anything to get “toxins” out of your body, you’re being scammed. As Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University put it, “If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, you’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention. The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak. There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better.”


Pet rocks

Pet rocksImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

These are actually the smartest thing on this list. They’re really low maintenance.


Spray on tans

Spray on tansImage: Nick Gray via Flickr, Source: wikipedia

Meanwhile in Asia they have whitening cream. So if you want to be super duper cool…you have to combine both.


HEADON! Apply directly to the forehead!

HEADON! Apply directly to the forehead!Image: youtube, Source: wikipedia

Because they had unprovable claims of pain relief, they had no choice but to loop this annoying phrase in their advertisement. Just watching it once will make you want to break your screen. Apparently though, people actually bought it.



ClickbaitSource: reddit

You won’t BELIEVE what we thought of next!


Shutter shades

Shutter shadesImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

Do you seriously want to look like Kanye West? Like really truly seriously?


Anything "as seen on TV"

Anything "as seen on TV"Image: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

And what’s worse is some of these are for disabled people. Think about that.


Ear candles

Ear candlesSource: 9gag

Yes, there are actually people out there that light candles and stick them in their ears (the non-burning part). And as usual, it removes those pesky “toxins.”


Reality TV

Reality TVSource: reddit

The worst thing about this is that even on formerly respectable channels like Discovery, reality shows have replaced programming that actually made us smarter.


Eyelashes on headlights

Eyelashes on headlightsImage: Al Abut via Flickr, Source: wikipedia

And now there are moustaches on car grills…


Hats with the sticker on them

Hats with the sticker on themSource: 9gag

You know what says cool more than anything else? Living with your parents, not paying rent, and wearing flat billed hats with the price tag still on them.


Hologram bracelets

Hologram braceletsImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

Fortunately, Power Balance retracted it’s claims that these bracelets could use holographic technology to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body, thus increasing sporting ability.” But as with all the toxin-related trickery, they managed to fool a lot of people.