To make our lives easier and more comfortable, people have always come up with new inventions and most of them have been really useful, like cutlery or medicine to treat illnesses that were once incurable. But there are inventions that benefit humans less and may even be dangerous.

We all probably have looked at something, couldn’t understand the purpose of it and thought that it was unnecessary to invent it. Redditor numbnerve wanted to know what people think is the invention we would be better off without and over 22k people joined the discussion with some serious answers.

Don’t forget to upvote the redditors’ answers you agree with the most and if there is something you think belongs in this list and wasn't mentioned, leave it in the comments!

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#1

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Beauty pageants for children.

lempickavanille , tlc uk Report

John Topper
Community Member
2 months ago

Am I the only one that think these kids look absolutely hideous anyway? After all that ridiculous makeup is caked on they look more like Bride of Chucky than children.

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#2

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day So called influncers, I'm probably too old to understand them but I certainly don't want my 1 year old to aspire to be one

GloveExtreme , lelepons Report

B M
Community Member
2 months ago

Influencers are just below slime mold on the evolutionary scale.

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#3

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Reality TV. I swear it glamorized the worst kind of behavior, and we ate it up.

dacforlife , Love Island Report

Tom Jacobs
Community Member
2 months ago

"Reality TV" is often the least accurate in portraying actual reality.

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#4

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Any product that you pay for, and then have to pay a subscription to use.

Free_Moose4649 , Pierre Lecourt Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Agreed. Anytime a Peleton commericial comes on the television, I think this.

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#5

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Shark fin soup - Tens of millions of sharks are killed every year for their fins that offer little nutritional value and serve no purpose outside of being a status symbol

flying-monke , harmon Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

And what a horrible inhumane way for sharks to die.

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#6

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day the gender reveal party

Deb_bomb , John Lawlor Report

Bettie-Jean Neal
Community Member
2 months ago

I put that right up there with prom-posals.

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#7

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day YouTube "endscreens" (or "endcards") that often block content at the end of the video you're watching.

jrmiv4 , Dua Lipa Report

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
2 months ago

If there's some way of turning them off, PLEASE let me know.

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#8

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day For Profit Prisons.

tommygunz007 , Molly Haggerty Report

John Topper
Community Member
2 months ago

And the fact that they are allowed to lobby for heavier person sentences and get it is just a pure slap in the face of the very idea of freedom.

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#9

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Landmines. I'll tell you why:

They render large tracts of land completely unusable

They are expensive and difficult to remove safely because there is seldom documentation of where they are placed

They are cheap, plentiful, easy to place, and deadly

They kill/maim livestock and wild animals

They kill/maim innocent people decades after conflicts have ended. Many times the victims are children because they can't read or don't understand warning signs

RichardDune91 , mary wareham Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

I am asking a dumb question - do we have any technology that can see metal in shallow plane of land from above? Is it just no one want to spend the time/money in these areas?

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#10

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day "Smart" devices. No LG, i don't want to download an app to use my f*****g washing machine, i want to wash my clothes ffs

Food404 , Alan Patrick (Otto) Alpenfelt Report

R Carson
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah-Your appliances are watching AND listening to you. How fun.

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#11

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Adblock detectors. Your site forces me to disable adblock? Ill just go to another site.

Titanmaster970 , Pleated Jeans Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

BP is sadly guilty of this. I originally installed an adblocker precisely because BP was serving up some very shady ads that opened hundreds of popups.

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#12

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Devices meant to break after a short period of time, and devices that purposely have parts you can't replace.

ShippiWorld , bfishadow Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Looking at you iphone...

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#13

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Seafloor trawling...

It destroys the habitant of fish just so we can squeeze every bit of a fish from an area...

memmoria91 , NOAA Photo Library Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't believe this hasn't been banned everywhere. Such unsustainability from damaging the ecosystem.

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#14

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Unskippable Ads

ausaf_007 , The Verge Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially irritating when I need to show an educational video in a classroom and have to waste time on ads plus its just not the place for them in the educational setting - where it might look like an endorsement.

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#15

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Robocalls

c_fritz , Aaron Yoo Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

The UK doesn't have so much trouble with these thanks to the Telephone Preference Service, which allows people to opt-out of sales calls. This works for legitimate companies, but unfortunately the scammers don't abide by the rules. I have a Raspberry Pi with a Fax Modem that monitors incoming calls on my landline and answers as a fax machine to unknown numbers or numbers I have blocked. Really we should be beyond this, but the telecommunications industry doesn't seem to want to fix it.

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#16

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Pesticides.

They’ve ruined the environment by killing off the pollinators. I swear, they will be the reason for more food shortages just as swiftly as climate change will affect us all.

Melonski-Chan , Département des Yvelines Report

snipergun
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be first actually...

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#17

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day 40+ hour work week

Wes_Jelqer , Knoxville Area Transit Report

Zara VP
Community Member
2 months ago

YES

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#18

Ads with sounds that play when your phones sound is off

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TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

What! This is real, seriously; how?

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#19

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Cookie pop-ups. How come we still don't have a more efficient way to manage our browsing privacy.

QBekka , EuroNews Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Some sites are better than others, but it is starting to get annoying, as when you decline cookies on a site, it can't set a cookie to say that you declined cookies, so it asks you every ruddy time you visit it! Not all cookies are evil and some are needed to make sites work, such as remembering preferences and logins, but tracking cookies can go and do one!

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#20

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day I’ve gone through a ton and haven’t seen this one. Slavery.

princesshaley2010 , Balathasan Sayanthan Report

El muerto
Community Member
2 months ago

have never gone away really

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#21

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Facebook

PeterJQuill , Facebook Report

Milan
Community Member
2 months ago

Right now, i cant imagine what in last 10 years screwed up people’s heads and bring between us more hate and angry as these sh*tty website…

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#22

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Fast fashion. I can’t imagine the amount of cheap, tacky clothes just mountains in landfills.

pyky69 , 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia Report

R Carson
Community Member
2 months ago

Cant hardly buy a sweat shirt that you can't read the newspaper thru. Cheap yet expensive.

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#23

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Auto play videos, especially in non video streaming websites. NOBODY asked for them, yet so much work is getting put into making it a web standard. Just f*****g stop

HeckingLoveDogs , Aaron Yoo Report

Jennifer Gould
Community Member
2 months ago

AGREED!!! Drives me crazy when a video just starts playing on a non video streaming site!

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#24

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day single use plastics

toodlesandpoodles , Chemist 4 U Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Or plastics that have no plastic number for potenetial recycling, or it's hard to see.

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#25

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Drug commercials. F**k me, your average joe, making drug recommendations TO MY DOCTOR - who spent 10+ years studying and working to be in the position.

denikar , Trulicity Report

NsG
Community Member
2 months ago

Prepared to be corrected here, but I believe this is a uniquely US problem. The fact it crops up in so many "Weird things about the US as observed by the Rest of the World" lists would suggest we don't understand why you have them either.

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#26

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Ads on streaming services that I F*****G pay for. You don’t need revenue, Hulu, that’s what my subscription is!

prof_dynamite , Matthew Oliphant Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

On how I laughed at this comment 😂

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#27

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Convenience fees on debit/credit card transactions.

skifro , Thomas Kohler Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Another one that would appear to be a uniquely American problem. In the UK (and I think all of Europe) you are not allowed to make an extra charge for paying by card.

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#28

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Cigarettes

TheDarkKnight1035 , Mike Mozart Report

Grady'sRaider
Community Member
2 months ago

Cigarettes and booze. The cure for PTSD after WW1 and WW2.

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#29

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Pop up ads. Not only are they so annoying but can either scam or install malware on the devices of unsuspecting people

Spookz03 , Marc van der Chijs Report

Zedrapazia
Community Member
2 months ago

Fun Fact: The inventor of PopUps officially apologized for inventing them.

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#30

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Microtransactions

Pharo2929 , Candy Crsuh Report

mcborge1
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially pay to win micro transactions.

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#31

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Social media. Addictive, dehumanizing, causes depression, promotes terrible behavior, actively reduces our capacity to have real human connections.

Redwulf67 , Lyncconf Games Report

Agata Fronia
Community Member
2 months ago

and the look I get when I say that I do not have any social media.

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#32

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day The Polygraph machine. Super innaccurate and I believe even the inventor curses its existance.

thewildlifer , Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Report

David Andrews
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Always found it so strange the weight that seems to be put on polygraph tests in the USA, in both fiction and real life crime cases. Its so unreliable, but the results seem to have such a big impact on how suspects are viewed

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#33

Keurig single use pods

Jenny2123 Report

R Carson
Community Member
2 months ago

Buy the plastic refill cartridges.

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#34

The New generation of Every basic machine. Like refrigerators that requires internet to work, It only have one job to do

Roy3034 Report

John Topper
Community Member
2 months ago

They have smart toasters. Let me just repeat that because the idea is do stupid it defies belief. Smart. Toasters.

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#35

Junk mail is just a waist of everyone’s time

-papperlapapp- Report

FrankStellar
Community Member
2 months ago

Good to practice English though.

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#36

Styrofoam

whirlygirlygirl Report

Eucritta
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be higher. Stuff's ubiquitous, even though where I live they're talking about banning it for fast-food containers, there are plenty of other uses that won't touch. And it breaks down into bits that float everywhere in the surf.

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#37

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

Bedlamcitylimit Report

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not like the corn industry would suffer if it stopped producing HFCS. Products made from corn are used in dozens of industries: corn starch, ethanol, flavonoids extracted from corn, corn oil, etc.

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#38

Scam calls! We get them on our house phone all the time and it’s so annoying

Pinksthepolkadot Report

Ashlee Schaal
Community Member
2 months ago

Just answer and either say fraud department, or city morgue you stab em we slab em that has gotten a lot of these calls to stop for me and my family

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#39

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Twitter

Edit: Because Twitter is mainly a cesspool of hypocrisy and politics. I've honestly never seen so many "non descriminatory self appointed puritains" be so incredibly hateful due to someone not having the exact same opinion as them

Rezzyboy157 , Twitter Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

It's full of twits. ;-)

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#40

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day LED advertising They're too f*****g bright and now they're putting mini screens on trucks that drive around town and it pisses me off. There's already enough distraction on the road.

I miss the billboards that had the rotating panels. Those were cool

Ackermance , Jorge Láscar Report

Jennifer Gould
Community Member
2 months ago

There are some in my city that are eye level with the road and are so bright it is so distracting at night!

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#41

The food pyramid brought to you by general mills, the dairy industry, and countless other big corporations whose goal was profit over the health of others

Fishermanfrienamy Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

"The food pyramid" hasn't been in official use since at least the Obama admin maybe even earlier.

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#42

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Asbestos in popcorn ceiling.

tessamp , Brent Schmidt Report

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

I would have thought that would already be illegal in most countries.

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#43

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day 24 hour news cycle that is funded by entertainment.

Manimal31 , Matt Biddulph Report

Winx
Community Member
2 months ago

The "news" is basically just another reality tv show at this point

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#44

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Deepfake. Any time i see a video with it all i'm left feeling is fear for the future.

venus-dick-trap , Shamook Report

Jennifer Gould
Community Member
2 months ago

It is so creepy to see they can mimic a person so well that it is so hard to tell if it is really them or artificially produced! Same feeling I have when I have seen them....fear of the future!

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#45

Standardized testing

"These tests are too crude to be used, and should be abandoned" -Horace mann the inventor of standardized testing on the subject of standardized testing

El_Durazno Report

Devil's Advocate
Community Member
2 months ago

If everyone should be taught to AT LEAST *this* level, then a standardised test to ensure that is happening makes perfect sense. The problem with education is trying to teach every child the same way, and treating them the same, when some naturally struggle and some naturally excel. The whole world is obsessed with "everyone is the same", except (let me say this loudly for the woke with their airpods in) WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME

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#46

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Anyone ever seen that “as seen on TV” ad of the golf club you p**s in? I feel like that’d be a good contender for this

Just_Another_User731 , Uro Club Report

James016
Community Member
2 months ago

What the actual f….?

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#47

Websites with infinite scroll content

CouchieWouchie Report

Queen Penelope
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2 months ago

Doesn't bored panda have an infinite scroll content?

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#48

50 Inventions People In This Online Group Think Shouldn’t Have Seen The Light Of Day Political parties. We should have listened to Washington…

EldritchGrapefruit , Fibonacci Blue Report

M M
Community Member
2 months ago

I lived in a country without parties. There was only one. It is today called dictatorship.

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#49

Leaded gasoline.

TheSanityInspector Report

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Where is this still available? I thought it was gone due to messing up the catalytic converters?

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#50

Lootboxes and pay to win games.

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

Aren’t loot boxes classified as gambling now? I remember reading something like that or that they should be classed as gambling.

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