Products Designed by People Who Really Didn’t Think Things Through

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Have you ever stopped to look around at the world and simply marveled at the fact that everything exists? Sometimes I can’t believe that humans took it upon themselves to figure out how to make roads or buildings or factories or pretty much anything — and then just went out and made them.

I’d say that for the most part, people do a pretty good job! Most of us are able to get from Point A to Point B without too much trouble. But sometimes, you run into something that was made by a person who clearly did not think things through. It might be a drawer that doesn’t open all the way without running into another drawer. Or maybe it’s a remote with a red “on” button and a green “off” button.

Whoever made those things — and whoever made the things featured in this gallery — clearly didn’t quite think things through all the way. But at least we can look at them and laugh now!

Whoever put this hand sanitizer right above the light switch.

I guess that’s one way to make sure everyone is staying clean and germ-free. It seems pretty inconvenient to me, though!

Whoever made these nutcrackers:

Thanks! Now I have a new creature for my nightmares.

Whoever installed this soap dispenser:

Oh, you wanted to use the soap dispenser? To dispense soap? Why didn’t you say so?

Whoever thought this gate was sufficient:

Now you need to climb over the gate to get to that patch of grass. How inconvenient!

Whoever put this National Geographic in a plastic bag:

The cover story is literally about the damage that plastic does to the environment. Nice one, guys.


I’m sure Lauren is a perfectly lovely person. Scratch that– she’s clearly evil.

Whoever decided to put Braille on this bumpy wall:

I imagine that anyone who reads Braille will find a lot of gibberish on this wall. I suppose the thought was there, though.

Whoever paired these photos with this headline:

I was so ready to write a strongly worded letter to the editor. Instead, I think this should be framed.

Whoever made this sign:

Is it free? Or is it $1? Is this a secret message? What am I missing?

Whoever designed this glow-in-the-dark clock:

The numbers glow. The hands don’t. Are you wondering what time it is? Well, keep wondering.

Whoever designed this hospital floor:

I’m not sure what look they were going for, but something tells me “Blood smeared all over the floors” was not it. Better luck next time.

Whoever made this terrifying night light:

Most people use night lights so their kids won’t be afraid of the dark. I’m pretty sure this accomplishes the exact opposite.

Whoever made this shirt:

No, it doesn’t, actually. This is such an easy one to double check! Someone really dropped the ball here.

Whoever thought this ball pit looked fun:

If you’re only going to include 25 balls for the ball pit, I recommend leaving them off the packaging completely. It’s just way too depressing!

Whoever made this label:

Is there gluten or is it gluten-free? Is the gluten free?! Is that what you’re trying to communicate?

Whoever added these cupholders:

You can put a cup there. Just make sure it’s empty.

Whoever made this wine glass box:

Just so we’re all clear: Kids should not drink wine. I didn’t think I’d have to clarify that, but here we are.

Whoever set this table up:

Maybe they should have started with something like 200 pounds. Either way, that’s a purchase I will not be making.

Whoever made this:

They had to have seen it, right? They MUST have. How could they have missed it?!

Whoever painted this bathroom:

Or maybe this is a brilliant idea. Now you can’t tell when the wall is actually dirty.

The person who made this hair dryer:

I feel like whoever was responsible for this hair dryer’s design had a fundamental misunderstanding of what the product actually does.

The person who made this poster:

All you needed was a drop shadow! This could have saved a lot of confusion.

And the person who made this sign:

Think about it for, like, a second. This is not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.

The person who thought Oklahoma is a country:

Nope. It’s still just a state. Unless you know something the rest of us do not.

The person responsible for this tire cover:

But what do you do when the flag is in the shape of the cross? I’m very confused. Should I be kneeling?

Whoever put this monstrosity in a store window:

I guess they don’t have shirts. Just pants and hats.

Whoever made this basket:

At first, you may think it looks just fine. Then you realize there’s no R, S, T, U, or V. Weird.

The person who hung a mirror RIGHT HERE:

Uhhhh, I mean, I guess you can put a mirror wherever you want to. But this is a weird place for one.

The person who hung this paper towel dispenser:

If you want your paper towel to be dry, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

The creator of this Einstein duck:

It had a nose and a bill. Just like Einstein. Share this with someone who’s doing a great job. At least someone is!