It’s a grand tradition on the website ThinkGeek that every April Fool’s day, they debut new “products” that, as you might have guessed, are fake. Although sometimes, they do actually become real. That’s unlikely for this year’s crop of fakes, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome.
In order, you’ve got:
- The Mr. Beard, a machine that will apparently make your facial hair grow, courtesy of K-cup like “beard pods.”
- The Nerf Nuke, which fires 80 Nerf darts in every direction.
- A Rosetta Stone set to teach you that glorious language of romance… Klingon.
- A USB car charger that’s also a flux capacitor.
- A beer-can holder shaped like a beer stein.
- An LED “spellcasting staff.”
- A unicorn drinking horn.
- A laser-guided tactical necktie, mocking the site’s own love of quasi-military gadgets.
- And our favorite, a Star Trek frisbee that supposedly keeps the rest of the ship trailing behind it.
Man, I Want Some Of This Stuff!
You’re not alone. And believe it or not, jokes from ThinkGeek’s past have become actual, real products. The “Tauntaun Sleeping Bag” is the most famous example, but at least some of this stuff are items we’re surprised don’t actually already exist. The Can-in-Stein and the LED wand in particular strike us as products that are only a matter of time before they’re actually for sale on the site.
How Do I Make This A Reality?
Tell ThinkGeek! Again, not all of these can actually happen. The Star Trek frisbee, for example, blatantly violates every law of physics we can think of when it comes to flying objects. But some of the more realistic ideas may become actual products. It certainly can’t hurt to let ThinkGeek know on the product page that you would give them real, actual money for their currently fake products.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.