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* Useless and strange items that we kind of totally want anyway
* Some of the most confusing products on Amazon
* From Renaissance inventions to ridiculous decor
It’s old news that you can find things on Amazon like beauty products, electronics, books, kitchenware and even groceries and supplements. Everyday useful items. These, however, are not those items. These are, on the contrary, five of the most wonderfully useless products on all of Amazon. Some are head-scratchers, some are oddly specific, and some are just absurd. We want them anyway.
1. Word Clock
This clock tells you what time it is in plain English. No need to decipher some occult-looking instrument with needles pointing in different directions.
2. Levitating Bonsai Pot
Do your tiny plants need to be magnetically levitated more often? Do you want to confuse cats? This maglev air bonsai pot lets your ornamental succulents, bonsai or air plants float an inch or so above a light up magnetic base.
3. Digital Tape Measure
So, we suppose this one is technically a useful tool, but we can think of so many wonderfully redundant uses for it. Mundane home improvement measurements? Put away that physical tape measure and use this futuristic laser tape measure instead. This model gets bonus points for having something called “Pythagorean Mode,” which we imagine is where you can use the digital tape measure to compute the height of something by measuring the distance to its top and bottom.
Yes, this is billed as a real, working navigational sextant, but if you should find yourself, in this century, needing to rely on it, you are probably seriously lost. Unless you’re sailing a Thor Heyerdall-style voyage in a replica ancient boat, that is.
5. Model Leonardo da Vinci Catapult
Now you can turn any occasion into a miniature “Renaissance Pleasure Faire,” with this tiny scale model of Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary catapult design.
6. Van de Graaff Generator
True connoisseurs of useless items will know of the Van de Graaff generator. Now you too can make static electricity sparks like in a vintage sci fi flick.
Bonus: Giant Chess
This is great in case you ever need to play a chess game against a mythological Cyclops or the giant Brobdingnagians from Gulliver’s Travels. Otherwise, just set it up in the vast, drafty hall of your ancestral castle to intimidate visitors.