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magicdomino

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #450 on: July 14, 2013, 05:07:08 PM »
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Suitably modified, Not-So-Pretty Polly makes an excellent addition to your haunted pirate scene for Halloween.  Seriously, though, I've seen photos of a mechanical macaw modified with latex barnacles and rib bones, then given a dark wash to dull the remaining plush "feathers."  Just the thing to perch on a pirate skeleton's shoulder.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #451 on: July 15, 2013, 07:20:05 AM »
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
DP and I saw this, and both nearly fell out of bed laughing.

I mean, yeah, we bought one of those mechanical fake goldfish for my 99 year old great grandmother. She was fully aware it was fake, but it gave her something to watch (not unlike a lava lamp). This thing? Not even.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #452 on: July 15, 2013, 08:01:58 AM »
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #453 on: July 15, 2013, 08:05:51 AM »
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!

What product was that?  Not saying the product *isn't* useless, but there can be times/places when there is no restroom (or even a convenient tree) immediately available.

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #454 on: July 15, 2013, 08:09:15 AM »
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

That was on an episode of Worlds Dumbest!
DP and I saw this, and both nearly fell out of bed laughing.

I mean, yeah, we bought one of those mechanical fake goldfish for my 99 year old great grandmother. She was fully aware it was fake, but it gave her something to watch (not unlike a lava lamp). This thing? Not even.

Picture a nice patio set up like a tropical bar. The natural plants are North American woods, of course, but the music and other decorations are tropical. It's cocktail hour. That bird is part of the decorations, like the travel poster or the patio lights. The bird is just sitting there, and 2 drinks into the party, the host turns it on!

It does have it's place. Not my place, but it was fun!

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #455 on: July 15, 2013, 08:49:29 AM »
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Two words: Billy Bass
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #456 on: July 15, 2013, 10:17:26 AM »
And since perfect polly was on worlds dumbest.... there are other inventions i remember from there too... what about the like thing you go to the bathroom in and then take it with you? That was awful! I was like "Dude, if you have to go to the bathroom that bad, find a restroom!

What product was that?  Not saying the product *isn't* useless, but there can be times/places when there is no restroom (or even a convenient tree) immediately available.

I can't even remember but I think it was a catheter or something for when you didn't want to get up to go to the bathroom >.<

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #457 on: July 15, 2013, 10:43:05 AM »
Houston 
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USA 

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #458 on: July 16, 2013, 04:58:21 PM »
The Eagle and my mom saw a commercial for Perfect Polly...a fake parrot that makes real bird noises!  You don't have to worry about the mess of a real bird but can get their beautiful songs anyway!  It's lifelike, too, what with a twitching tail and rotating head!

Two words: Billy Bass


I LOVED my Billy Bass! DDs gave it to me for Mother's day one year (the way LDH told the story was that they saw it and just had to get it for me . . . I'm really undecided as to how much influence LDH had on them, though ;) )


And it certainly was not useless! It gave me a lot of joy!

Especially with the motion detector. I set it up in my guest bathroom whenever we had big parties . . . talk about surprise-the-guests-fun! ;D



(yeah, I know I have a weird streak in me.)

magicdomino

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #459 on: July 17, 2013, 09:13:10 AM »

Especially with the motion detector. I set it up in my guest bathroom whenever we had big parties . . . talk about surprise-the-guests-fun! ;D



(yeah, I know I have a weird streak in me.)

When I first read this, I thought it said guest bedroom.  Good way to catch the nosy, as well as guests overcome with irresistable lust.   :D

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #460 on: July 18, 2013, 07:46:22 PM »
My STBX husband got me a deer head that sang "Sweet Home Alabama". His antlers got broken in the process of moving, so I threw him away.  :( I wanted a Billy Bass so bad when they came out!  ;D

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #461 on: July 18, 2013, 08:00:53 PM »
I always like the mounted lobster that sang "rock lobster"
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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #462 on: July 18, 2013, 11:39:07 PM »
We got a friend of ours a singing & dancing gopher.  >:D He loved it. 

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #463 on: July 19, 2013, 12:27:45 AM »
Plenty of places around the world, squatting over a hole in the ground is the norm.  I can see that being an adaptive tool for someone who is new to sitting-style toilets and prefers the old way.

On a job long ago, there was a mysterious series of very unsightly messes left in the rest room.  Apparently an intern from overseas, unfamiliar with American plumbing fixtures, tried to use the toilet like a squat by climbing up on top.  Hence the resulting mess. The perpetrator was found when one foot slipped and she was hurt in the fall and had to call for help.

The most foul place I've ever been was to an airport rest room (if it could be called that) in Odessa, Ukraine.  That's where I first saw such the horrific sight of a poorly maintained squat.

OK, back to the topic...  Useless products, right?

I'm sorry to continue the derail - but I am genuinely curious about this.  I have traveled to cities where the "squat - there's the hole" is the way people go to the bathroom.  I was 20 at the time and pretty fit.  What would an American middle-aged woman do in such a situation?  There is no way I could do that now (I mean I can squat, but I can't always get back up without an assist from my hand, which I wouldn't want to put down on such a floor).

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Re: Who came up with this useless product?
« Reply #464 on: July 19, 2013, 11:40:07 AM »
Also, how do you keep your pants clean when you pull them down?
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