The Opti-Grab was invented by Naven R. Johnson, a fictional character from the movie The Jerk. The device attaches to a pair of glasses to stop them from sliding down your nose, while also acting as a handle to put on and remove your glasses. Below is a shot from the movie where Steve Martin, Naven, is wearing a pair of Opti-Grab enhanced glasses, this will help anyone who hasn't seen the film to fully understand the product I'm trying to discuss.
Unfortunately, there was a huge side effect of using this product. When the customers removed their glasses they were permanently cross-eyed due to there eyes being attracted to the Opti-Grab when they had their glasses on.
Due to the 'recall' of the product it made me think about why people bought this product in the first place, not saying that they should have seen the terrible outcome well before their purchase, but there are other more conventional methods of preventing your glasses from sliding down your nose.
The Opti-Grab, although not a real product, led me to think about all of the crazy products that we see in infomercials, as well as the randoms items on end caps of our favorite department stores. Why do we buy all of these strange products? Who invents them and where do they get these outlandish ideas? And lastly, why would anyone buy that?
In this blog I intend to find strange new products that are out there, not just the Snuggie, which I still don't understand, and other well commercialized items, but my plan is to just dive into this strange world of inventions and see what I can find.