The 5 Dumbest Products in America, Circa 1977

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It's 1977 and you've got a potentially world-changing semiconductor on your hands—but how do you market the thing? By trashing toasters, telephones, cars, and especially TVs, which are so dumb they can't even pay your taxes! (What?)

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That's how National Semi envisioned the televisions of tomorrow: tax-paying, child-rearing futureboxes. Come to think of it, I'm not sure my toaster can distinguish between a bagel and an English muffin yet, either. [Modern Mechanics—thanks to our pal Anna at Jezebel]

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All I want is a toaster that talks to my frying pan and times the toast perfectly so it pops up exactly when the eggs are done ... preferably buttered.