Least favorite technological inventions of the 20th century

What are your least favorite technological inventions of this century?
Certainly Credit cards suck right up there with the worse along with weapons of mass destruction and genetic engineering ( maybe).

The big red shiny button that will enable Nickrz to catapult your thread into MPSIMS.


IMHO, the list would have to include anything that enabled people to reproduce either rap music or “The Macarena.”

That, and those stupid buttons that pedestrians press to cross the street. (The ones that are supposed to make the light change, not the overhead flashing amber lights to (in theory) stop traffic to let pedestrians cross.)

The atomic/hydrogen bomb wins hands down.

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(forgot the name) those little Japanese pocket pets that you had to feed, clean, and play with or they’d die.

Cellular phones. Now you can be a slave to everyone who has your phone number (or a random-digit dialer) even when you’re not at home. Who cares about paying attention when you’re driving? Talk, baby, talk!


I don’t blame credit cards for all the crap that goes on with credit cards. The real problem was, they were invented as convenience and have sort of mutated into a necessity. Folks are always telling me I should have one around in case of emergencies. What you mean like, I need something and have no money? That’s not an emergency, that happens every day. I haven’t had any trouble since I cut mine into little pieces, but one day, I’m going to be out of gas, nowhere near a bank machine, with a gas station attendant who won’t take the little scraps of paper off my car floor as collateral…

I’ll nominate chemical weapons in preference to nuclear weapons, mainly because the former are used more often.

Nothing I write about any person or group should be applied to a larger group.

  • Boris Badenov

Those “Calvin peeing” stickers, professional wresting, and NASCAR (but then again at least the boobs who actually like watching rednecks drive in a circle for three hours aren’t breeding during that time)

[rant]Whoever decided it was legal to start a new child-perversing craze every year. This year, Pokemon. Last year, Furby. Before that, those things that the other guy was talking about that you have to take care of. Ad Nauseum. It’s stupid, it’s inane, it’s asinine. And the fucking parents are no help. They buy the shit, give in when Johnny demands a Pikachu doll. www.hecklers.com has a Headline about some kids causing a riot over fucking Pokemon trading cards. This just pisses me off. I don’t know about you guys, but when I was a kid, not too long ago, in the 80’s, this shit didn’t happen to me or anyone I know. It’s new, in the last 5 years, 10, tops. And it’s stupid. It’s just frickin retarded that these stupid parents and stupid people let this happen. [/rant]


We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the first “lost generation” nor today’s lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand - or are discovering it as we speak.

electric toothbrushes! Really,are people that lazy?

Anybody remember Signetic’s “Write Only Memory?” This actually made it into their product data book.

Dopeler effect:
The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

No, I think those Cabbage Patch Kids are closer to 15 years old.

Any other guesses about which toy started it?

The worst invention is… are you ready?.. are you sure?..


Especially if it is part of the RONCO Corporation.


Gasoline: As an accompaniement to cereal it made a refreshing change. Glen Baxter

Homer, air molecules piss you off.

Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

Crap my tag didn’t work…I was saying infomercials.


Gasoline: As an accompaniement to cereal it made a refreshing change. Glen Baxter

I assume from JamesCarroll’s reply that he’s never been to a NASCAR race. They don’t interrupt their breeding for the races, they use it as foreplay.