The Worst Inventions Humanity Has Ever Come Up With

We'd be lying if we said we haven't all made a poor decision in our lives. Whether it's letting a questionable ex back into our lives or pairing that shirt with those jeans, we all have a cringey memory to look back on.

But most of us don't have memories of inventing something terrible, let alone one of the worst inventions ever.


Redditor NPT1506 asked:

"What is the worst human invention ever made?"

Not Helping

"That little 'Press to Open' tab on Kraft Mac 'n' cheese boxes. That has been an effective way of opening those boxes exactly zero times."

- illusorywallahead

Caffeinated Pollution

"K Cups. The pollution of all that single-use plastic."

- AlabamaPostTurtle

Teeny Tiny Bits of Plastic

"Glitter. It N E V E R goes away."

- Mrherpaderptherapy

Going Obsolete

"Planned obsolescence."

"My printer one day just up and stopped working claiming I needed to replace a part. As it turned out, that part is meant to stop working when the printer reaches 5000 pages."

"I took the part out. There’s no damage or wear on it. So I ordered a 'reset chip' that reset the page count for that part to zero. Cost me $20 vs $110 for a replacement part."

"Later on, I found a way to enable tech mode on my printer to reset the page count for any part I want. Then again, the printer is old, and the WiFi stopped working a few weeks ago, requiring me to use direct WiFi, which sucks."

- ChronoLegion2

It's Getting Personal

"Serious answer: chemical toxins that have caused severe health problems."

"Personal answer: HP printers. F**king pieces of s**t."

- Unadulteredmilk

Unholy Packing Solutions, Batman

"Styrofoam is pretty abominable in my book, especially for things like takeout food that’s destined for the trash within minutes of use."

- tokage

'Nuff Said

"Child beauty pageant events."

- SuvenPan

Profit for Who

"For-profit prisons."

"Which leads to state prosecutors who are beholden to them. This increases the probability of being charged with a crime you didn't commit, under the plan that you're too poor to defend yourself and will plead out."

"They can't make a profit without prosecutors feeding them an ever-increasing supply of prisoners (plus parolees and probationers in "offender-funded" programs). It's a recipe for the corruption of our justice system."

"Private prisons are arguably foreign enemy assets."

- omgnesh

Addictive Pay-to-Win Games

"Pay to Win Games, especially mobile games."

- JustARandomOrange

Questionable Hobbies

"Cigarettes. They never should have been made."

- UrMooother

Transformative Gases

"Possibly leaded gasoline. It poisoned billions and left multiple generations more violent and less intelligent."

- dcdttu

Reminders of War

"Landmines. They don't just disappear once a war is over. They'll stay around to kill some kids playing. Awful things."

- CaptainMcAnnus

Bodily Weapons

"I’ll say Nerve Toxins/Chemical Weapons. I find few things worse than a weapon that literally gives you the slowest and most agonizing death possible."

- RidingRiptide

Chemical Warfare

"Chemical Warfare."

"While nukes are horrible beyond imagination, humanity learned to avoid them as a way to ensure their own survival, it's wise, but egoistical nonetheless."

"Chemical weapons on the other hand traumatized the f**k out of the survivors and the ones who called the attacks and got to see the aftermath. They were so horrible that many soldiers deserted after using them and many went mad."

"Throughout the last century, we successfully banned almost all of those: the 1925 geneva protocol, the 1980 chemical weapons convention, among others, but I'm afraid when the next generations start to forget the horrors of chemical warfare, it will resurface in the likes of what's happening with fascism."

- raduannassar

From modern inconveniences to climate changing inventions to the literal stuff of war, there are serious contenders here for the worst invention in human history. It would be hard to choose just one.

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