I feel some commentary on "end of the year lists" coming on, though I suspect I can't really improve upon the words that are found here or here.
In the meantime, how about this: "10 of the Dumbest Inventions of the 20th Century"?
Now that's a list I can truly enjoy!
Why? Well, if necessity is the mother of invention, failure is its father. In some twisted way, without the "phone answering robot" (pictured above), modern-day voicemail systems would have beeen just a little less possible. Not impossible, mind you. Just a little farther away on the horizon by... oh, I don't know, a few miles?
Particularly hilarious are the gadgets designed to help you care for your kids. E.g.:
Humans in the 1930s had a much higher infant mortality rate than the one we experience today, and we think we’ve found the reason: inventions like this insane baby cage that suspends your precious bundle of joy out of the window, high above the very hard pavement below.
And this is equally precious:
The cigarette holder for two: for when you really want to share your lung cancer with the one you love.
Go read / view!