Creative Quirkiness: A List of Products from Incredible Things

Joseph Lauda

Everyday you come across new and innovative things that make you think about the clever little creations people come up with to make their lives better or more convenient. But innovation doesn’t always need to have these purposes. Sometimes, innovations just show off a person’s creative quirkiness.

While touring the website, Incredible Things, I came across a few such things. Wading through a lot of the nonsensical items like bacon lollypops, or numerous sexual coloring books, I found a few items that reflect these aspects of innovation that prove functionality and interesting, creative ideas.

Taking the Generic and Adding Monsters

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Credit: Thyrza Segal

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Credit: Chris McMahon

Artists Chris McMahon and Thyrza Segal add whimsy to the mundane. According to the Twisted Sifter website, the artists pick up generic paintings of landscapes from yard sales and thrift stores and then paint monsters and other various creatures over the original painting. These works are really well done as they obviously need to adhere to the textures and blend them into the scene, which they have done seamlessly.

I love these products, and if I actually processed the funds to purchase art with the purpose of decorating my home, they would have me sold. I remember when I would do this sort of thing when I was a kid, then later when I was a teenager at diners and restaurants when they would offer patrons a placemat and crayons. I’d draw and color things that didn’t make sense or continue the picture for my own ends and enjoyment, but I love the idea that McMahon and Segal have here and I am downright jealous I didn’t start doing the same thing when I moved on from placemat art.

Segal’s prints are available to purchase in her Etsy store for $25 or $30. Purchase McMahon’s work on his deviantArt site. Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99.

Exert Your Own Energy to Power Electronics

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I found the hand crank emergency cell phone charger to be more of the former of my defined concept of innovation as its function is obviously why someone would be interested. I’m sure everyone’s been in a situation when they were trying to find an outlet for their phone charger, just to get a small charge to send that important text, or make that desperate phone call.

This product would take the whole whimsical nature of technology and put it back into a person’s own hands to wind their phone back to life. It can prove useful for any situation where a charger is not in the immediate vicinity.

Help a Hangover with Food

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Let’s say you had a great night out at the bar, but now you’ve woken up with a pounding headache. So you wander into your kitchen and check out your handy dandy “Hungoevr Coobkook” —yeah, that is how it is spelled and everything, great right?

The book offers, “everything you need to know to assess, understand and improve a hangover,” according to the Geek Alerts website. The book starts with six hangover types—Broken Compass, Sewing Machine, Comet, Atomic, Cement Mixer and Gremlin Boogie—and matches a recipe to that specific ailment.

I would buy this book alone to find out more about the six categories of hangovers, but I do think it is interesting to try to pair dishes according to which kind of hangover a person is having. Try the “Elvis Presley peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich” or the “potato hash with avocado and bacon.” I think that makes it worth the buy.

According to Geek Alert you can buy the book for $8 on Amazon.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Replica Suit

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Being a Star Wars fan, I think a Stormtrooper suit would be quite a neat investment, considering you could afford it.

According to the product’s website, one of these suits costs $1,236 and is available in Stormtrooper Imperial White and Shadow trooper Black. But still, think about it. You’re driving along on the highway, just merged on, and still getting the hang of the traffic. Then it’s time to check your mirrors, and bam! Someone wearing a Stormtrooper suit flies past going a reckless 100 mph, leaving you baffled and unsure of what is even happening.

Personally I think they should have made a suit of Imperial scout armor, like the ones from the “Return of the Jedi,” as they actually rode speeder bikes, making it at least slightly more relevant. But, hey, beggars can’t be choosers and I’m pretty sure you’d just need a helmet change to make that happen.

So, while it might not supply the whole Endor experience you may be able to receive with a helmet change; wearing leather, or padded suits, makes riding much safer, so I’ll let the scout trooper thing slide for now.

FakeTV: Is Anyone Home?

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Credit: FakeTV

I had to include this on the list because the Incredible Things website was packed with similar items. It’s a small light that simulates a television’s flicker and its purpose is to deter burglars. Mostly I enjoyed the description of the product on the Incredible Things website that takes the product’s function and purpose into account.

“If you want burglars to think you’re home watching TV when you’re really on vacation, you might consider picking up one of these fake TV lights,” the product description on the Incredible Things website states. “They flicker and change colors to simulate a real TV. Sure, you could just leave your actual TV on, unless for some reason you don’t own a TV.”

Get your own FakeTV for $29.95, or to simulate the light of a larger TV, pay $39.95 for the larger model.

It is always interesting to look at innovative products, even if they aren’t exactly necessary or practical. But I think that is one of my favorite parts of innovation; taking something old and turning it into something new, or thinking of a neat way to sell a leather motorcycle suit. It’s always a pleasure to see new ideas and products.

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