behold, a new annual award that purports to:
" ... celebrate the stupendous creativity of the people tasked with inventing constantly inflated new wants for us to want. It's a monument to perverse imagination and needless consumption. Most importantly, it's a plea for us to say, "Thanks. We've got enough stuff", and to evolve ourselves out of this crazy cycle."
click here to find out more about "enoughism". i certainly could be interested in something viable that cuts down on useless 'necessities'. john naish, the guru behind all this, wrote a brief piece in the times last month to inspire nominations for the prize. among the top ten useless inventions he nominated:
"The combined plow and gun
Patent no 35600, issued 1862
Balloon propelled by eagles or vultures
Patent no 863087, issued 1887
Patent no US4734078, issued 1988
US patent 5,421,089, issued 1995"
for the others, look here.