The World's Laziest Inventions

Selfy the Self-Making Bed




Railroads reduced travel time to days; airplanes to hours. But in today's fast-paced world, time-savers are measured in minutes and seconds. Behold the arrival of "Selfy," the bed that makes itself, which reportedly saves you a full 15 seconds a day. That adds up to 105 seconds a week, or 98 minutes a year -precisely the length of time you would need to watch the 1986 film Short Circuit, starring Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy. See how Selfy helps you make the most of your time?

Dust Mop Slippers




Dust mop slippers are booties with cotton fibers on their soles that are designed to pick up any dirt or dust collecting on your floor. (We're guessing your floors are pretty filthy if you're the type to buy this sort of thing.) Curiously, getting drunk may actually leave your apartment in better shape.

The Pet Petter


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For 20- and 30-somethings, caring for a dog is often a meaningful step toward parenthood. But saddled with long and inflexible work hours, many in this age group just don't have the time. That's where the Pet Petter comes in. Developed by Kentuckian Anthony Steffen, the Pet Petter literally lends dog owners a helping hand. As a robotic arm swings back and forth, the contraption will coo sweet nothings into your doggie's ear.

The Cruzin Cooler




Beer, the muse of lazy technology, must have inspired the Cruzin Cooler, a motorized scooter attached to a cooler. In their mission statement, the inventors claim that the cooler "combines two basic necessities of life: the ability to have cold food or a beverage handy along with the means to get somewhere, without walking." You might be wondering, wouldn't a device like this encourage drinking and driving? It's likely. In June 2008, a man driving a Cruzin Cooler in New York was arrested and charged with DWI.

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The article above, written by Adam Rosen, is reprinted with permission from Scatterbrained section of the Mar/Apr 2009 issue of mental_floss magazine.

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Is it bad to say I actually like the idea of dust mop slippers? I mopped my floor with sponges tied to my shoes one time in grad school because I didn't have money to go buy a mop.
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The self making bed only takes up double the space of a regular bed! You shouldn't make your bed, anyway. Leaving it unmade lets the bedding dry better and that means less moisture for the dust mites that can aggravate allergies.
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