11 Inventions That We’d Be Happier Without… And The Inventors Feel The Same.
What if you spent your entire life trying to create something great, only to find out that all of your hard work and effort resulted in something that was kinda, sorta, pretty much awful?
These 11 inventors created things that changed the course of history in both large and small ways: One reimagined the way we drink coffee, and another ensured the inevitable destruction of the earth. Though their inventions definitely run the gamut, all of these visionaries have one thing in common: They regret ever having any part of it.
#1. The URL Double Slash
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the primary inventors of the world wide web, once contemplated why he used two slashes in URLs:
"Really, if you think about it, it doesn't need the //. I could have designed it not to have the //." Yeah, Berners- Lee: What was up with that?
#2. The Labradoodle
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Labradoodle itself, and in fact, it's one of the cutest looking animals to ever walk the face of the earth. Still, it's existence comes with some problems. Originally bred by Wally Conran, he says he regrets introducing the Labradoodle to the world because it sparked a craze for designer, hybrid dogs. Unfortunately, these dogs tend to have health issues.
#3. The atomic bomb
J. Robert Oppenheimer was part of a team that invented one of the most destructive weapons of the 20th century. He was also quoted as regretting how it was eventually used in WWII:
"I have no remorse about the making of the bomb and Trinity [the first test of an a-bomb]. That was done right. As for how we used it, I understand why it happened and appreciate with what nobility those men with whom I'd worked made their decision. But I do not have the feeling that it was done right. The ultimatum to Japan was full of pious platitudes. ...our government should have acted with more foresight and clarity in telling the world and Japan what the bomb meant."
#4. Keurig K-Cups
John Sylvan invented the "handy" disposable coffee pods, but he was recently quoted as saying he regretted it due to their wastefulness and ever-growing presence in America's landfills.
#5. The Cubicle
Most of us have worked in a cubicle at least once in our lives, and if you've ever felt the harsh, three-walled oppression from this invention, you have Robert Propst to thank. Propst invented this type of workspace, and before he died in 2000, he expressed regret for doing so.
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, and his work eventually led to him being the namesake of the Nobel Peace Prize. Even Nobel knew this was contradictory, and expressed regret for inventing something so destructive.
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