As seen on TV. That line reverberates through all of our minds. Right? I haven't fallen for the, call me know and order group, thankfully. But I have enjoyed their commercials. And I have been duped by the other mediums. I'm still waiting on some things I ordered off of Facebook. And who doesn't owe money to the... buy 9 CDs for a cent group? But once and awhile the product is real and the "scam" is a deal.Redditor u/drichm2599 wanted to know what items we need to start buying by asking... What "as-seen-on-TV" product really works as advertised?
A lot of the Shark Tank folks have made their way to tv to hock items, and it worked, and people are happy! So there has to be some truth to a few things. Let's see what items we should all look for...
The Cleansecleaning up mr clean GIF by ADWEEKGiphy
Oxy-Clean is pretty amazing.
I no longer consider Oxy-Clean an ASOTV product. It is a part of everyday life.
I work for an HVAC supplier and our delivery box truck struck the awning of a restaurant and put a 6"x6" hole in the 'box' part. Threw some flex tape on that witch and it's been sealed for over eight months so far, including a rough winter.
That leaf filter thing for your gutters. Haven't worried about them in awhile and even set up my parents house with them so they didn't try to climb a ladder.
These have been around in various forms for years, but in my experience they pop out, animals get in them, crapt gets under/through them, and within a couple of years they're just a crooked eyesore that make gutter cleaning that much harder. Are these newest ones actually better? Have you checked under them since installing? No gunk? How do you clean roofing gravel out, or does it really not accumulate?
For the PetsWell Done Applause GIF by MOODMANGiphy
Those gloves that you pet your dog with and it desheds them. They really do work, and true to the commercial the hair also comes off in one clean pull. My dogs love them too.
I was given a Hurricane Spin Mop. I really liked it. That was years ago. I considered buying another one, but damn, $30 for a mop is a lot. They do work nicely though.
Mops take a lot of abuse, if you buy cheap ones you'll have broken/shredded mops pretty fast. $30 for a mop wouldn't kill me if it lasted multiple years.
Actually that brings me to mine, which isn't infomercial level, but the Swiffer Wetjet is pretty awesome because I don't have to mop anymore at all. My whole house is 120-year-old hardwood. I used to do Murphy's or white vinegar, but dragging a mop bucket up and down stairs every week sucks hardcore. Wetjet gets the floors truly clean, dries super fast, and doesn't involve buckets. I wish they'd make a Murphy's scented Wetjet but that's probably just me.
I'm getting that dog shedder thing. And well... Oxy Clean is a miracle. But that is old news. Maybe I need to be watching more TV at 3am. Or at least set the DVR for the sales. What else is being missed?
Hugs...So Excited Dancing GIFGiphy
The Snuggie was a freaking damned miracle. You can argue that it's just wearing a robe backwards but have you tried that? the arm holes are all wrong.
Green Gobbler. My bathroom sink was all clogged up and I remembered laughing my butt off to Penguinz0 dubbing over the Green Gobbler commercial. So I figured why not buy some at Home Depot and try it out.
That stuff unclogged my barely functioning sink like nobody's business, my God.
For the Girlscancer bras GIFGiphy
Those little circle things you can use to turn your regular bra into a racer back bra. They're amazing.
I have a Slanket (same concept, different brand) and use it every winter. During the pandemic, I was working from home in a room that gets very cold. I could run a heater, but that tends to just make the room too warm and gives me headaches. I tried a blanket, but couldn't use my hands on the keyboard without opening myself to the cold air.
So I grabbed the Slanket and used that. It kept me warm while I typed away without giving me headaches. If I had a meeting that required video, I simply took out my arms and pulled the Slanket below the camera view.
Of course, now it's getting warm so it's time to put the Slanket away until the cool air returns.
The slap chop. Admittedly, I don't own THE slap chop, I have the pampered chef version, but for mincing garlic or onions it saves a ton of time.
The Snuggie saved my life. I lost it and now I have to re-order as soon as I finish this piece. Trust me, if you haven't Snuggied, you haven't lived. Looks like product sales have stepped it up a bit. I'm watching.
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After nearly a decade of Shark Tank, I always wonder what inventions are left to be created? Well apparently, plenty. Everyone out there seems to be brimming with ideas for things that can make life more productive and a tad easier. One of us has something that we know is that billion dollar idea that can revolutionize an industry. Give me a minute...
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Temperature regulating clothing. Like, ahhh it's too cold, and the clothing gets you warm. Or later it's like ahhhh it's too warm, then the clothing automatically goes woosh woosh and you're back to normal.
The perfect snack food. I want a savory, trailmix-esque food that tastes like a regularly meal (rice bowl, beef stew, French fries, etc.) with the protein content of regular trail mix and the nutritional value of a multivitamin.
I've wanted this for years. I think that's why I eat chicken broccoli and rice so often.
Zero gravity rooms. Who doesn't wanna just go inside a room and float for fun?
They do have zero gravity rooms but the zero gravity only lasts 30 seconds at a time and costs about $5,000. Look up "vomit comet". It's a plane that flies in a sinusoidal up-and-down flight path. It's like skydiving while still inside the plane but you never reach terminal velocity because the plane dives with you.
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People on Mars. Seriously it's been 50 years since we got to the moon? I want to be able to see the first humans on Mars before I die.
For the Boys....
Birth control pills for Men.
I read that the problem is actually to do with assessing the risk of side effects. In men, you're comparing the side effects to their "normal body". That means its difficult to get medication passed as easily. But in women without birth control, you are then facing all the potential life threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
So the risk assessment is framed completely differently, and that's why more options for women are available.
The science is there for male contraception. And its not just some "men couldn't handle the side effects women put up with" situation. Its more complicated.
In the Air
Low emission commercial air travel.
I always find myself wishing that blimps and dirigibles were commonplace these days. It's like taking a train through the sky! I also wish train travel was common here in the US like it used to be.
A way to get away from your abusive parents without going into the crappy foster care system. Maybe just let the kids choose their own parents or rent a room like anyone else or stay in the school classroom each night.
The perfect 2000 calorie diet in frozen meal form without 200% of your DV of sodium.
I don't understand why a company hasn't made a meal plan that is actually healthy and affordable. Something like 15 dollars a day for perfect macros and micronutrients with a double protein option for lifting.
Freaking cooking. Ugh.
There are so many little things, day to day, that we take for granted. Those things make our lives so much easier.
For example, lights. Or keys and locks. Little things that keep us safe, that keep us healthy.
But do we give them enough credit?
Here were some of those answers.
Not necessarily a single invention, but sewers. Cities would not be possible without a good sewer system. What's even more impressive is that we had sewers in Ancient Rome. They have saved millions of lives of the years by having cleaner sanitation.
Using That Right Now
Copy, paste, and cut functions. Sure we use them all the time and we don't think about it, but there was a time when that wasn't an option... just think about that. It's bonkers.
Refrigeration. It changed the world. Food can be preserved and shipped vast distances. Supermarkets are a thing now! Frozen fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy are all readily available. We have fridges in our homes. We can make ice on a whim. Our beer is cold and life is good.
Modernity Vs Antiquity
The public library.
More information and entertainment than you could ever get through in a lifetime, paid for by the people, for the people, and open to everyone? A place where you can freely go and use the computers if you don't otherwise have access? Get out of the rain? Research local history or your family tree? Where there are people who will help you find that bit of information you need but don't know where to start looking? Where you're not expected to buy anything? Where there are story-time sessions for young kids right alongside adult learning classes? Oh, and pretty much every town has one? Where the only thing you have to do is bring back the things you've borrowed in a timely manner so other people can enjoy it too -- and where people actually do it?
The public library is a phenomenally large undertaking, and I'm always in awe that those crazy bastards not only managed to pull it off but also to make it seem so normal and everyday that people actually take the things for granted.
Washing machines/dryers. I don't take those for granted. Imagine filling a washtub and scrubbing clothes with a bar of soap, then hanging all that to dry, no matter the season. Yuck.
Number Twos, Specifically
It absolutely revolutionized how so much recording, design, and general progress was done, to the point that there were a number of countries that had strategic wad reserves (wad being the precursor to modern pencil lead).
It may be looked down upon now but has done so much good.
Padding The Feet
Shoes. Do we all really appreciate to the full extent that we should how great shoes are? I mean, think about how painful some of the places we go would be if we didn't have shoes. I'm not denying the possibility that we would have evolved around a lack of shoes, but they're just such a nice thing to have.
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Glass. Without it, optics of any kind are gone. Poor eyesight? Tough. Telescope to see the planets and moon? Gone. And worst of all no microbiology, because no microscopes either. Glass is a fabulous thing so common we don't even think about it. Its absence in China allowed Europe to get a jump in a whole range of technical areas. Glass, the stuff of magic.
No More By Hand
The printing press. When it was created, it allowed the transmission of knowledge at an unseen rate. Before that, everything had to be written by hand and books were considered rare and expensive commodities only available to select few individuals.
But Even Before
Really? No one has said "paper". The ability to record thoughts and facts? The printing press revolutionized they western world and it wouldn't have been possible if paper didn't exist. The entire scientific revolution was brought about and shared through paper.
Not everything in the world is useful forever. Heck, sometimes they're never useful from the start. Often there are many things we wish we cold do without. Movie sequels, reboots, bikini underwear... the list is endless. Let's start keeping track.
Redditor u/poop-machine wanted to discuss what things in life we wish we could eradicate by asking....
A case for the Nokia phone. blackbeltgamer7
it protects the ground from the phone. King_of_Spicy_Meems
venomous agent x....
Most chemical/biological weapons. TonerLowDown
The worst of all of them is possibly vx nerve agent (venomous agent x) , it's the worst and most brutal poison ever created. Causes your muscles to lose control and crack your own bones. ElCannibal
I love them as long as they're limited to cosmetics.
I get to play free games, and if I really like a game and want something interesting in the store I can drop up to $60 and I'm still at the same price if there weren't microtransactions. boomheadshot7
That peanut butter and jelly that's in the same jar. litebritebby
My grandfather buys the pickle relish and mustard in the same jar... when I ask him about it he sees nothing wrong. Volwrath_
Once is Enough.....Giphy
A second Paul Blart Movie. StationaryApe
Wherein we learned that Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 syncs up unnervingly well with Dark Side of the Moon. emolga587
These appear to help people with schizophrenia cope with stress short term. otherwise why would
80% 90% of people with schizophrenia smoke? UndercoverRussianBot
This scene from American Crime Story is really poignant. It's worth watching the whole scene but from this time-stamp is the important part. It's Robert Kardashian talking to his children about fame and integrity, which contrasts against their impression of what fame is. omza
Indian TV soaps. They are profoundly annoying! major_roy
They have been using the same old formula for storylines since decades yet my grandparents like them very much for some reason. shreyas16062002
"Who's been a fan of Youtubers name before 2019?!"
Instagram and Snapchat. ProfanityPlease
Snapchat is important since SOMEHOW in 2020, its still physically impossible to text a video in a res higher than 144, apparently. I use snapchat solely to send videos to friends that i would normally just text, if only my $1000 pocket computer could send a damn semi-clear video over text. locofspades
It's a story right out of a B-Horror movie. Scientist playing around with genetics, and the monsters escape from the lab. Scrappy_Larue
No mouth cancer....Giphy
There was a toothpaste that sold in Germany before world war 2 that had thorium in it, and the advertisement was that the radioactivity would clean your teeth. Gave a lot of people cancer. It was called doramad (look it up). forrestyohh
No Shag Please....
Carpeted bathrooms. wandlust
I moved from Norway to Oklahoma in the late 90's(back in Norway now) due to my dads work. The house the company provided had long shag carpet in the bathrooms (and rest of the house) from the previous tenants, even around the toilet. We strongly suggested that they rip out the carpets and put down tile before we moved in, luckily they did just that.
I don't get how people think when they put carpet in areas like that, it's not like it was left over from the 80's either, the carpet had only been installed like a year previous. roffvald
The live-action "Avatar: The Last Airbender" movie. I've never seen a series get such positive critical acclaim only to see its movie get torn to pieces so badly. makeupthrowaway678
Cats (2019). froaln
But it produced reviews of Cats, which were some of the funniest things I read recently. They got me through busy weeks at work. Lyeta
Remake of Psycho, it was Bad , awful, Anthony Perkins would have been rolling in his mothers grave. Bucketmouth3
I agree about the movie, but I loved Bates Motel. I though that series was great! Bromogeeksual
"Low fat" foods. They just add a lot of sugar which is more unhealthy. Theres research that shows that the spike in obesity correlates with the trend of low fat foods in the market. TokioHighway
Seriously every holiday card is doused in the stuff now and it gets everywhere, can't stand it. TheJadedSF
Napalm. Burns for 10 minutes and can melt the flesh off a person no problem. 8BitUserName
But it smells so good! Imissyourgirlfriend2
K-cups, single use plastics. Anthonybrose
He also helped develop cheap reusable k cups to cut down on the use of the disposable ones, even though it has a direct negative impact on how many disposable k cups Kuerig sells. I think we should celebrate companies and people who make honest attempts to do the right thing, especially when it is not in the best interest of their bottom line. technicolored_dreams
Eventually everyone and everything realizes they had their 15 minutes. Everything is updated and outdated by the next generation. Everything from money to the ATM to human interaction has become obsolete. It's a funny and cereal experience to discover or be introduced to a new gadget that will transform life and then watch it deteriorate. Like sands through the hourglass.....
Redditor u/PieGuy1793 wanted to know what masterful advances that once bought us forward as a society has outlived it's usefulness by asking.... What's an invention that's still around today but has lost sight of its original purpose?
Microwave transmitters were originally created to transmit radar signals in WWII. When a worker noticed that being near the transmitter melted a candy bar in his pocket, it led to the development of the microwaves that we use in our homes today. DeathSpiral321
Slinky was originally meant to be used as springs inside sensitive boat devices.
"Mechanical engineer Richard James invented the Slinky by accident. In 1943, he was working to devise springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After accidentally knocking some samples off a shelf, he watched in amazement as they gracefully "walked" down instead of falling. Along with his wife Betty, James developed a plan to turn his invention into the next big novelty toy."
MTV, a.k.a. Music Televison. clofas1
And TLC, or "The Learning Channel." Not a lot of learning happening on that channel these days, unless you enjoy "learning" about the daily lives of morbidly obese people, and idiots marrying morons from different countries in a matter of weeks. HorseMeatSandwich
Hitachi magic wand. It was originally intended as a massager. MechanicalHorse
Hitachi ceased production of the device in 2013 because of concerns about having the company name attached to a sex toy. Vibratex persuaded the company to continue manufacturing it under the name "Original Magic Wand", omitting the Hitachi name. In 2014, the company used the name "Magic Wand Original".
So many Options.....
Viagra. It was invented as a blood pressure medicine. Dilettante
It's still used to treat a form of high blood pressure called pulmonary hypertension in both men and women. It's sold under another name, Revatio, for marketing purposes. Both Viagra and Revatio are the same drug, sildenafil. MuffinMedic
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High-heeled shoes. They were originally for men and used for horse riding, as the heels were supposed to keep the feet more secure in the stirrups.
Now, they're just fancy women's shoes. Vyzantinist
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Benadryl was developed as a sleep aid but it's antihistamine properties were better.
Also, and maybe this has been said, but the pound sign (#). Started as shorthand for "pound weight", then commonly used in the 80's for voicemail access, now it's used to light fires on social media. fergusoniv
Lysol. It was invented in the 1920s as a vaginal cleaner. It was marketed to married women to cure the "marital grief" caused by a stinky hoo-ha. This article from Smithsonian Magazine (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lysols-vintage-ads-subtly-pushed-women-to-use-its-disinfectant-as-birth-control-218734/) has great ads showing poor, beautiful, glamorous ladies whose husbands have totally lost interest in sex with them until they put Lysol up their vaginas. Eek. 1pennygadget
WD-40 aka Water Displacement the 40th attempt. WD-40 was invented to keep the outer skin of missiles from rust and corrosion.
(heh, missile skin). HomegrownMO
No need paint people....
Paintball guns; they were originally called paintball markers and were invented as a way for loggers and park rangers to mark trees for trimming, cutting down, etc. without having to walk up to each tree with spray paint. A couple of dudes who were using them started shooting at each other for fun and paintball as a sport was born. In fact some people still call them 'markers' to avoid the stigma some associate with the word 'gun'. nyeark
Best of the Best....
The best man at a wedding was the best swordsman the groom could afford. If anyone objected to the wedding, the best man would duel him.
The honeymoon lasted a whole month after the wedding, where the bride's father would supply the groom with all the mead he could drink. proc89
Nalgene bottles - the plastic water bottles that are popular with hikers/campers/other outdoor activity folks were originally created for use as medical/scientific lab equipment as a lighter, shatterproof alternative to glass. VictorBlimpmuscle
Kleenex. Its original purpose was to act as insulation in gas masks during World War I. After the war, its parent company advertised it as a way to remove makeup. Dilettante
Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company. Schlatter had synthesized aspartame as an intermediate step in generating a tetrapeptide of the hormone gastrin, for use in assessing an anti-ulcer drug candidate. He discovered its sweet taste when he licked his finger, which had become contaminated with aspartame, to lift up a piece of paper.
Torunn Atteraas Garin participated in the development of aspartame as an artificial sweetener. Limp_Distribution
Maybe it's been said already:
Coca-cola and Dr. Pepper were originally marketed as medicine and health tonics. I believe Dr. Pepper's original name was something like "Dr. Pepper's health elixir." Extrovert3d
Superglue, I think it was originally an instant suture in med kits for soldiers in Vietnam.
the further explanation of what superglue was supposed to be. I based my guess on the hard hat guy swinging from the I-beam commercial. bolshiabarmalay
Jäger is a big one here.
Jägermeister used to be a cough/cold medicine to help keep mountain climbers in the alps warm. To be fair, it still can keep you warm and it still tastes like cough/cold medicine. jimmyneyugn
Jäger is a big one here. It is actually a kräuterlikör, a kind of bitter alcoholic drink used to aid digestion in small quantities, and used to be seen as a drink for old people until a huge remarketing campaign.
Now it's what college students get wasted off of. Vinniam
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Bubble wrap. It was made to be a textured wallpaper. rosiix
That might be the stupidest invention ever, so after it's been up 6 months and you've bumped against it enough to pop most of them (or the kids got ahold of them) it now just looks like garbage. Nurum