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?)


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.