30 Terrible Inventions The World Would Be Better Off Without

Published 3 years ago

It seems like there’s hardly a week that passes by without us hearing about some sort of new invention. However, not all inventions are created equal – and some were probably better off without seeing the light of day.

Recently, one Reddit user asked others to share some unnecessary inventions that the world would be better off without and received thousands of answers that we can’t help but agree with. Child beauty pageants, unskippable ads, fast fashion and more – check out some of the worst things invented by humans in the gallery below!

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So called influncers, I’m probably too old to understand them but I certainly don’t want my 1 year old to aspire to be one


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Beauty pageants for children.


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For Profit Prisons.


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the gender reveal party


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“Smart” devices. No LG, i don’t want to download an app to use my f*****g washing machine, i want to wash my clothes ffs


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Shark fin soup – Tens of millions of sharks are killed every year for their fins that offer little nutritional value and serve no purpose outside of being a status symbol


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Any product that you pay for, and then have to pay a subscription to use.


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Reality TV. I swear it glamorized the worst kind of behavior, and we ate it up.


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Landmines. I’ll tell you why:

They render large tracts of land completely unusable

They are expensive and difficult to remove safely because there is seldom documentation of where they are placed

They are cheap, plentiful, easy to place, and deadly

They kill/maim livestock and wild animals

They kill/maim innocent people decades after conflicts have ended. Many times the victims are children because they can’t read or don’t understand warning signs


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Seafloor trawling…

It destroys the habitant of fish just so we can squeeze every bit of a fish from an area…


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40+ hour work week


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YouTube “endscreens” (or “endcards”) that often block content at the end of the video you’re watching.


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Devices meant to break after a short period of time, and devices that purposely have parts you can’t replace.


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Adblock detectors. Your site forces me to disable adblock? Ill just go to another site.


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single use plastics


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I’ve gone through a ton and haven’t seen this one. Slavery.


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Cookie pop-ups. How come we still don’t have a more efficient way to manage our browsing privacy.


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Unskippable Ads


Ads with sounds that play when your phones sound is off

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Drug commercials. F**k me, your average joe, making drug recommendations TO MY DOCTOR – who spent 10+ years studying and working to be in the position.


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They’ve ruined the environment by killing off the pollinators. I swear, they will be the reason for more food shortages just as swiftly as climate change will affect us all.


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Pop up ads. Not only are they so annoying but can either scam or install malware on the devices of unsuspecting people


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Auto play videos, especially in non video streaming websites. NOBODY asked for them, yet so much work is getting put into making it a web standard. Just f*****g stop


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Fast fashion. I can’t imagine the amount of cheap, tacky clothes just mountains in landfills.


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Ads on streaming services that I F*****G pay for. You don’t need revenue, Hulu, that’s what my subscription is!


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Convenience fees on debit/credit card transactions.


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Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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