# Dumb Product Concepts

by Ivan Seeking
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 Quote by GeorginaS The thing got passed along from friend-to-friend until it found a home with someone who thought it was entirely dumb enough to actually use.
A true story, from a few years back.

Somebody came to work by car, bringing a bunch of bananas to snack on. They got out of the car and put the bananas on the roof for some reason, then walked into the office without them. At this point they realized they had no bananas, and went back to the car park, where there were also no bananas.

So they came back inside and fired off an email asking if anybody has any information on banana rustlers working in the area. Except they didn't just email their local work group, or even the whole of their office block. They sent about 80,000 copies to every company employee world wide

The didn't enjoy reading some of the 79,999 replies though. IT department didn't enjoy cleaning up the mess either.
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 Quote by berkeman Well, except for those of us that commute on motorcycles and carry our stuff in courier bags. My bananas regularly get bruised -- guess I should try to find me a bananaguard!
Fair enough, berkeman. But I'm pretty sure that my mother is aware that I don't ride a motorcycle to work carrying my belongings in a courier bag.

I'm still trying to feature that requiring a sole-purpose yellow hard plastic snap-together container for safe single banana transportation.

Hee!
 PF Gold P: 641 I reckon one might be asked to explain oneself after pulling out a "banana guard" at work if one's boss didn't know what they were.
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 Quote by Dembadon I reckon one might be asked to explain oneself after pulling out a "banana guard" at work if one's boss didn't know what they were.
There's that too, Dembadon, the sheer embarrassment of whipping that thing out in the lunchroom. I'd tolerate all sorts of banana bruises in the alternative.
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 Quote by Ivan Seeking I agree with Turbo and so do top-tier chefs. About twelve years ago, Tsu and I attended a brunch at a high-end hotel, in Portland. The scrambled eggs were so good that I made a point to hunt down a chef and ask how they were made. Based on what he said, I needed to add about three times as much milk as my mother had taught me. Sure enough, that was the trick. Part of my objection to a product like this is the waste. It is convenience taken to the point of aburdity. I actually find products like this to be offensive. It takes energy to manufacture and distribute any product. In a year, when you throw it away, it will go to a landfill and probably last for decades, if not much longer. Any convenience found here is trivial. Products like this are plague on our energy-hungry, oil-powered society.
1 - It strikes me as novel. Quirky, sure, but not harmful. It's not like it's claiming to cure cancer.
2 - It's electrically powered, electricity you can get from numerous non-polluting sources.
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 Quote by s09 1 - It strikes me as novel. Quirky, sure, but not harmful. It's not like it's claiming to cure cancer. 2 - It's electrically powered, electricity you can get from numerous non-polluting sources.
It's made from plastic, which comes from oil. When it goes into landfill, it's pollution = harmful.

Nobodies talking about the electric for its use - although it does increase demand on the power plants. Remember, the limited eco-supplies and as such only do so much. Everything else comes from the power plants. There's not enough green supply now to cover what we use which means anything else, such as this product, increase demand on the power stations not the green sources.

It takes energy to manufacture, run and dispose of this device. It has to come from somewhere. The question is, is the energy to do those three justified by what it does? In other words, does it save you that much time and energy whilst doing its job to justify itself?
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 Quote by jarednjames It's made from plastic, which comes from oil. When it goes into landfill, it's pollution = harmful. Nobodies talking about the electric for its use - although it does increase demand on the power plants. Remember, the limited eco-supplies and as such only do so much. Everything else comes from the power plants. There's not enough green supply now to cover what we use which means anything else, such as this product, increase demand on the power stations not the green sources.
Make it out another material.

I'm just surprised how much dislike this little gadget acquired. It's something that I'd give as a present to one of my geeky friends.
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 Quote by s09 Make it out another material.
So simple, but again, does all of the stuff I mentioned above justify the product?
 I'm just surprised how much dislike this little gadget acquired. It's something that I'd give as a present to one of my geeky friends.
A quirky present, maybe. Certainly doesn't make it a good product.

You have to look at all the factors before you proclaim something good / bad. Unfortunately, this thing has a lot of 'bad' and little 'good'.
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 Quote by turbo-1 Try it. You'll never go back. If you want to make a really fluffy base for an omelet, you need to use a liquid lighter than egg, and entrain the air.
Not if we use a blowing agent. You could use one of the freons and make your bubbles as you cook your eggs.

Oh wait! Here's the next Ronco product... Vacuum cooked eggs! This vacuum cooker lowers the boiling point of the water in the eggs, blasting it into steam just as they cook. Result? The eggs have their own blowing agent and you get light fluffy eggs.

Three easy payments of $29.95 plus S&H. Void where prohibited by law.  Engineering Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 7,160 Another dumb food product. It's too late to buy your valentine one of these, but I only found out about them today. http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/index.a...469&PageID=424 £1.00 ($1.60) for a mis-shapen piece of something that is 98% water anyway does not seem like value for money.
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 Quote by AlephZero Another dumb food product. It's too late to buy your valentine one of these, but I only found out about them today. http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/index.a...469&PageID=424 £1.00 (\$1.60) for a mis-shapen piece of something that is 98% water anyway does not seem like value for money.
I like them. I'd buy heart shaped cucumbers. That's close to the price for winter cucumbers here.
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 Quote by Evo I like them. I'd buy heart shaped cucumbers. That's close to the price for winter cucumbers here.
i think it's cute too
 Engineering Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks P: 7,160 When I heard about them (on a radio comedy program) I thought somebody had found a way of growing a cucumber bent into heart shape along its length. But that would probably contravene some EU regulation like the rules controlling the maximum curvature of bananas, etc. I guess these guys just put the cucumber inside a heart shaped tube, similar to the people who grow cube shaped watermelons etc.
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 Quote by bananaguard.com Beware of inferior overseas imitations.
This made me laugh out loud. Did someone actualy think there was enough market for this to support knock-offs?
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 Quote by Evo Lol, well...
Well... Did you write down the number?
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 Quote by Borg Well... Did you write down the number?
Ordered two of them.

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