25 Crazy Inventions That Made Millions Of Dollars. #2 Is Absolutely Ridiculous.
When it comes to making it big and striking it rich, we've all heard the old adage, "All it takes is one good idea."
Well, these 25 people had that one good idea. And it turned out to be a really, really good one.
Below are people who have made millions of dollars for their strange, unusual, and sometimes even pointless inventions. You'll not only recognize most of these: Odds are, you or someone you know has bought one.
#1. Big Mouth Billy Bass, conceived by Gemmy Industries.
We all loved to hate the Big Mouth Billy Bass, and that was kind of the point. It's clearly nothing but a gag, but basically everyone you knew bought one, earning the company millions of dollars in the process.
#2. The Pet Rock, invented by Gary Dahl.
This adorable (albeit pointless) stony companion profited 15 million in the first six months it was on the market. Each rock was sold for $3.95, profiting Dahl $3 per sale. They came with a hay bed, a pet carrier, and a manual on how to deal with this "hassle-free" housemate.
#3. The Snuggie, invented by Scott Boilen of Allstar Products.
The real brilliance behind the Snuggie was its advertising campaign: The product was sold in ridiculous informercials, featuring families wearing the Snuggie while roasting marshmallows and attending sporting events. According to Boilen, that approach was taken because the Snuggie in-and-of-itself is ridiculous: Why not advertise it in a humorous way? The approach worked: So far, the Snuggie has profited over $200 million dollars.
#4. Tamagotchi, created by Japanese toymaker Bandai.
This pet simulation device prompted a huge craze back in the nineties, and was perfect for kids - and adults, for that matter - who simply weren't responsible enough for a real pet. More than 70 million Tamagotchis have been sold: At one time, they were selling one Tamagotchi every second.
#5. Slap Bracelets, invented by Stuart Andrews.
Who didn't love these as a kid? Most of us had at least five - most of the time, we'd slap them on all at once. Andrews hit the jackpot with this idea: He was a high school shop teacher before he invented the slap bracelet. In 1990 alone, the bracelets were estimated to be profiting between $6 million and $8 million.
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