Toilet roll holders, especially knitted ones, are hideous to look at but they do seem to serve some sort of purpose. Their main function is that they tell you a lot about the person who would buy such a thing.
However, there are bright sparks out there who have come up with some really daft inventions for use in the bathroom. Mankind is an inventive species but sometimes we can be too clever for our own good.
1. Shower Hood
This was a seventies idea to stop the head getting wet during a shower. The boffins who came up with this thought that the shower cap was not good enough, that only stops hair from getting wet.
Imagine a motorbike helmet made from the same material as a waterproof. Like a helmet you have a visor to see through while the rest of it covers the head leaving you free to shower.
Basically the user looks like a spaceman from a 1950’s sci-fi film.
If this was put on Dragon’s Den I am sure Peter Jones would ask why you can’t just get wet and then dry your pretty head.
Talking of the dragons one of my favourite failed ideas on that show was the Shuc. It was a travel shower head holder.
The premise of the invention was that you took it on holiday to use as a replacement for all those broken shower holders you regularly come across abroad. As Theo Paphitis quickly spotted there was unlikely to be the demand for such a product.
The woman had unfortunately spent £200,000 developing this pointless idea.
3. LED Shower Light
Another pointless shower invention is this one.
All inventions exist because the inventor thinks there is a problem to be solved. The idea behind the the shower light is to tell someone that the shower is warm enough to get into.
When it is the correct temperature it changes from blue to red. A quick test with the hand works just as well.
4. Automatic Soap Dispenser
The idea of the automatic soap dispenser and the automatic tap is to try and stop the spread of disease. In bathrooms and toilets in use by all sorts of people the idea is that no one touches the taps or the soap.
Unfortunately people touch all sorts of things in a bathroom so germs are spread despite this gizmo. Also unless it dispenses antibacterial soap the fact that no one touches the dispenser does not matter.
It does seem pretty cool when you use it but there is nothing wrong with an ordinary soap dispenser.
5. Toilet Roll Hat
This is just plain daft. It is a toilet roll dispenser worn as a hat so that you always have loo paper at the ready.
For some reason it never caught on. I can’t think why.