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17 Majestically Useless Items From The Innovations Catalogue

So many crap gadgets.

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During the '80s and '90s, the Innovations catalogue sold a vision of the future as lived through gimmicky inventions.

When it folded in 2003, regular readers were distraught. One left the following comment on a BBC article:

I have admired Innovations from early childhood and am genuinely distressed by this turn of events. Luckily, I am wearing sponge-lined spectacles with integral FM tuner to absorb my tears (while I listen to the latest pop hits in style and comfort).

Here are a few of the heroically pointless gadgets that graced the pages of Innovations.

1. A personal astrologer.

"Simply key in your birthday details and today's date, then scroll through your personal 'reading' on the 2-line LCD screen."
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"Simply key in your birthday details and today's date, then scroll through your personal 'reading' on the 2-line LCD screen."

2. A levitating pen.

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3. A hand-held fishing simulator.

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4. A "Milk bottle planter".

"The soil provides superb natural insulation for for the lidded central compartment which holds four milk bottles, fully protected against sub-zero temperatures, summer heat and the attacks of birds."
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"The soil provides superb natural insulation for for the lidded central compartment which holds four milk bottles, fully protected against sub-zero temperatures, summer heat and the attacks of birds."

5. A zippable tie.

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6. A spider scoop.

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7. "Bathrobics".

"A safe new exercise routine that you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own bath tub. Bathrobics pack consists of 10 double-sided waterproof cards, a display stand which sticks to the rim of the bath with a rubber sucker and full instruction booklet."
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"A safe new exercise routine that you can do in the comfort and privacy of your own bath tub. Bathrobics pack consists of 10 double-sided waterproof cards, a display stand which sticks to the rim of the bath with a rubber sucker and full instruction booklet."

8. "Ionic Shoe Freshener".

"After each wearing, slip the device into your shoes and switch on. The fanless technology silently draws in fresh air along with freshening negative ions."
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"After each wearing, slip the device into your shoes and switch on. The fanless technology silently draws in fresh air along with freshening negative ions."

9. A phone in the shape of a frog.

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10. "The Gemini Skin System".

"Clinical trials have demonstrated that the Gemini System can increase the elasticity of the skin using a process called Galvanic Iontophoresis. This means creating a flow of ions through the skin from a negative pad to a positive pad."
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"Clinical trials have demonstrated that the Gemini System can increase the elasticity of the skin using a process called Galvanic Iontophoresis. This means creating a flow of ions through the skin from a negative pad to a positive pad."

11. "Chin Gym."

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12. A big toe straightener.

"Used daily it helps to realign your big toe, on either foot, to the correct position."
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"Used daily it helps to realign your big toe, on either foot, to the correct position."

13. A facial exerciser.

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14. A dressing gown, but with trousers.

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15. A cat lead.

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16. A device to monitor the freshness of your breath.

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17. The deeds to an acre of the moon.

"It's somewhat tongue-in-cheek - but all totally legal and above board!"
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"It's somewhat tongue-in-cheek - but all totally legal and above board!"

Taken from The Very Best Of The Innovations Catalogue, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.