One real-life hero, Chris Van Dorn, 27, has made it his mission to rescue shelter animals from being euthanized. Why is this story different from others? Well although not all heroes wear capes, this one certainly does. Chris, who dresses up as Batman, originally just used the costume as means of keeping his rescue missions anonymous. He would even sign ‘Bruce Wayne’ as his signature in order to keep aspects of his life private. Of course, though, his good deeds helped to reveal this Caped Crusader’s true identity. The Batman suit ended up becoming a conversation starter as to why people should adopt and rescue innocent animals from the shelter. According to Van Dorn, the costume helps to draw in more people giving him the perfect opportunity to hand out brochures and stickers regarding the importance of adoption. Chris still wears the costume while he transports dozens of cats and dogs from different shelters to their foster or forever homes.
In 2018, Van Dorn actually launched his own nonprofit called Batman4Paws in Orlando, Florida. Through this organization, Chris has embarked on various cross-country road trips in order to rescue animals from being put down. Thanks to this hero, shelter animals from all over are personally brought to loving families who are ready and happy to adopt these little, furry friends. According to an interview with TODAY, Chris likes that Batman is “mysterious and stood for a symbol that was incorruptible and stood for good,” hence why he created Batman4Paws. It’s a nonprofit that is purely there “just to be good. Try to do the best you can and stay true to the path.” Van Dorn still makes hospital runs around Florida, this time with his fluffy sidekick, Mr. Boots. The border collie is a licensed therapy pup and the Robin to Chris’ Batman.
It’s clear that this hero has no intention of retiring his cape and suit in the near future. We put our paws together for you, Chris!
40+ Failed Products That These Companies Would Rather Forget
Introducing The Colgate Beef Lasagna
It was 1982 and Colgate, the successful toothpaste company we all know and likely use, decided it wanted to try and break into the market that was causing all the tooth decay. That’s right, food, and it started with the Colgate Beef Lasagna not thinking for one moment that customers would associate the name Colgate with the taste of fluoride. Well they did, and after an unsuccessful campaign Colgate’s lasagnas were pulled and they went back to focusing on teeth.
Jimmy Deans Pancake & Sausage
Ever bitten into a pancake and regretted there not being enough taste of meat in it? Well the makers of Pancakes & Sausages at Jimmy Deans certainly did, and boy did they have a creation that was going to fix it! The Jimmy Deans Pancake & Sausage was essentially just a corn dog wrapped in a chocolate chip pancake and was put on shelves back in 2016. It’s difficult to find them today though, because nobody wanted to buy them.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Remember when people were scared to go on planes because there were reports of Samsung phones spontaneously bursting into flames? The world was aghast at the notion that Samsung, one of the biggest and most trusted technology companies in the world, had produced a phone that didn’t just not work – it actually exploded! Suffice to say that 2017 was not a good year for the electronics mogul, and they were forced to pull nearly 2.5 million phones off the shelves.
2002 Year Of Pepsi Blue
Just because a company is as widely known as Pepsi doesn’t mean that they can just sit back and rest on their laurels and expect to make a profit. Even Pepsi has to keep their eye on the competition and for them that means the big dog of soft drinks, Coke Cola. After Coke launched their product, Vanilla Coke, Pepsi stepped up to the plate and put out the new Pepsi Blue, a drink that nobody was particularly fond of.
Google Glass Tried And Failed
Remember when everybody thought that the brand new Google Glass was going to completely revolutionize the way we communicated with one another? Looks like we can chalk that one up to a case of being 100% wrong about the future. Not only did customers complain that having a retail value of $1500 per unit was far too high, but the Google Glass brought up questions surrounding privacy in the digital age. Questions which nobody seemed to like the answers to.
The New Parfum Bic Odor
In 1989 Bic, the company whose full name is actually Société Bic, decided to try and create a new product for the on the go spritzer. Known for successfully making numerous disposable products like razors and lighters, Bic decided to make an inexpensive perfume for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately for them, the perfume was described by customers as not having a particularly great scent. Société Bic was forced to pull all perfumes off the shelves reporting losses at $11 million.
The Questionable Rejuvenique Face Mask
Even though this product sounds like it was some twisted director’s idea for a nightmarish horror movie the mask itself was sadly very, very real. The Rejuvenique Face Mask used a mild form of shock therapy on the skin in order to tighten the facial muscles, all with the promise of giving the user a younger appearance. Customers complained about the claustrophobic and painful experience they underwent using the mask, and it wasn’t long until this ill-thought invention was stopped.
2000’s Heinz EZ Squirt Ketchup
Heinz’s EZ Squirt Ketchup might have been a good idea had it been thought up of a decade earlier. Back in the 1990’s colorful food products like Go Gurts and Push Pops were all the rage, and dying ketchup various neon colors might’ve actually sold. Too bad for Heinz though, they didn’t release the product until 2000 and even though it stayed on shelves for six years, it was eventually pulled in 2006 due to lack of sales and marketability.
It’s The Frito-Lay Wow! Chips
In the 1990s there were all sorts of concerns about the dangers of fat in foods. So Fritos figured out how to create a new line of chips, the Frito-Lay Wow! Chips. Why the wow? Well the chips were essentially fat free and as a result earned the company $400 million in sales! It wasn’t too long until word got around that the chips had a chemical called Olestra, a fat substitute that caused all sorts of nasty stomach issues.
Google+ Meant To Rival Facebook
The year was 2011, the battle between Myspace and Facebook seemed over, with Facebook emerging as the clear winner and dominant social media site. But that didn’t mean that other companies were just going to bow down to Facebook’s might. In came Google+, meant to rival and revolutionize the social media experience. Once the public gave it a try, they were put off by numerous problems plaguing the platform and after only four years it was completely redesigned from scratch.
New Coke Cost Coke Millions
The road to the top is fraught with all sorts of problems, and even for an industry giant like Coke Cola it wasn’t easy becoming the soft drink king. In 1985 Coke Cola launched New Coke, confident that it’s testing which had cost the company $4 million was proof of its guaranteed success. Once it hit supermarket shelves though, a different story emerged. Coke Cola immediately backpedaled, returning to the original formula and rebranding it as the classic Coke Cola.
E.T The Extra-Terrestrial Game
It’s not so uncommon for video game companies to take popular movies and turn them into great games for fans to enjoy. Not to mention that with a movie as successful as E.T The Extra-Terrestrial there was no way a game based on it could fail, right? Well apparently not, Atari’s E.T The Extra-Terrestrial was one of the worst commercial failures in video game history. Out of 4 million cartridges produced, 2.5 million of them ended up in the trash.
Amazon’s 2014 Fire Phone Attempt
With Amazon being one of the largest companies in the world it’s hard to remember a time where a product of theirs wasn’t immediately bought up by consumers everywhere. Well here’s one, the Amazon Fire Phone. Released in 2014 the phone was meant to compete with the smartphones being produced by Apple and Samsung but couldn’t pierce the market. Not only were people already loyal to their brands, but its limited features caused many would-be buyers to say no thanks.
Microsoft Zune Vs Apple’s iPod
In the battle between iPod and Microsoft’s Zune there could be no contest, most people reading this probably never even saw an actual Zune in stores. That’s because Zune was late to the party, being produced nearly five years after the iPod’s release and success it couldn’t possibly compete with Apple’s baby. Not only that, but the Microsoft Zune offered no additional features and coupled with poor marketing it was pulled from production and left to the pages of history.
Mars Needs Moms 2011 Flop
Mars Needs Moms is the only film on the list, and it’s important to include this one because of just how much of a box office disaster it really was. This animated film was shot entirely in 3D, costing studios $150 million for the visual production and an extra $50 million which was spent on marketing. Ultimately, this film was a box office disaster, grossing only $6.7 million in theaters which was a tiny fraction of the amount it needed.
The Sweet Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino was originally marketed on Instagram and was met with all the fanfare and excitement as any one of Starbucks’ newest products. But closer inspection led customers to realize just what a disaster this product was. Aside from being very colorful and visually appealing, the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino was horribly unhealthy. Just 24 ounces of this bad boy had 500 calories and a whopping 72 grams of sugar! That was simply too much for people to handle.
Burger King’s Satisfries Didn’t Satisfy
In 2013 Burger King made an unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the health craze by offering to its customers the Satisfries. Considered to be a healthy alternative to Burger King’s regular fries, the Satisfries were essentially just a smaller portion of fries. Despite the health potential of these new and improved portion sizes, customers were less than impressed with the lack of innovation. As a result Burger King ended up pulling the fries and going back to the original recipe.
Cheetos Had A Lip Balm?
We’re not sure exactly who came up with this idea but that must’ve been a fun creative session for someone to come up with this. It’s possible someone thought that customers just couldn’t get enough of that Cheetos taste on their lips and had to have a Cheetos lip balm in order to satisfy that craving. Whatever the reason behind its production, the people said no to a Cheetos lip balm being on the shelves and the company pulled it.
The Twitter Only Twitter Peak
Twitter is one of the most widely used social media devices with everyone from presidents to media outlets releasing and dissecting information that can (and arguably do) change the world in various ways. In 2009 Twitter wanted to make sure its reach was going to go as far as possible and released its own mobile device, the Twitter Peek. It was a Twitter only mobile device which didn’t catch on since its small screen allowed for a 20 character view.
Hoverboards Weren’t Actually The Future
When Hoverboards were released in 2015 a lot of people thought that we were all going to be riding them into the future. Those people were sadly mistaken as anyone who has checked out a bike lane can confirm. Despite how cool and futuristic they looked they were actually quite hazardous resulting in various accidents. That was also coupled with faulty batteries which had an unfortunate habit of exploding adding an unnecessary hazard to an already difficult to control device.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista was the newest operating system released by the computer giant Microsoft nearly 13 years ago in 2007. In spite of the fanfare surrounding the new computer system it was not quite the booming success that the company had hoped it would be. The reasons for the failure of Windows Vista were due to the questionable driver support, coupled with problems with the basic security features, the time-consuming product activation, and just the general performance of the software overall.
Dangers Of The Juicero Press
Released in 2017, the Juicero Press was supposed to make creating delicious and healthy juices cheaper and easier than ever. Juicero even provided packets of pre juiced fruits and vegetables which were exclusive to the company as well. People love making healthy juices, but guess what people don’t like – getting injured while doing so. No juice is worth getting a hand caught in one of the juicers and sure enough the dangers forced the company to discontinue the faulty product.
Delorean Motor Company, Delorean Dmc-12
We can’t think of another car that got more press than the Delorean Motor Company, Delorean Dmc-12. Just about anyone who sees one of these vehicles can’t help but think back to all the scenes in Back to the Future. In spite of all the press and fanfare surrounding the Delorean it had a lot of issues with safety and performance and after 3 years of production the car ceased to be made. No amount of movie buzz saved it.
Orbitz Tried For A Soda
Orbitz soda is proof that the adage, “looks aren’t everything,” still runs true. After being released Orbitz soda had initial success for its product which, with colorful gel balls floating inside the beverage, resembled a lava lamp. But even that wasn’t enough to entice thirsty customers to spend their hard earned cash. The drink itself simply wasn’t very good according to consumer reports. Most complained that it tasted a lot like cough syrup, and the gel didn’t help at all.
Coffee Plus Cola Equals This
Coca Cola Blak was a poorly made decision by the Coca Cola company to try and break into the coffee market. Advertising to those early risers who love the good old fashioned taste of classic Coke, Coca Cola Blak promised deliciousness combined with plenty of caffeine. Consumers weren’t impressed. The taste, they complained, was nothing close to either Coke or coffee. Not to mention that, considering Coke has plenty of caffeine already, adding more coffee was a bit too much.
Gerber Singles, Meant For Adults
Gerber has been around for a long time, serving ready to eat meals to help nourish growing and healthy babies. Somewhere along the line someone probably suggested that the fastest way to grow the company would be to also create food for adults. From that idea was born Gerber singles; ready to eat meals in a jar for the adult on the go. Flavors included Blueberry Delight, Beef Burgundy, and Mediterranean Vegetables, but adults seemed they wanted adult food instead.
Nokia N-Gage Makes An Attempt
2003 was a big year for gaming. As cell phones were becoming more and more popular more adults were now spending those few quiet moments playing a fun game on their new mobile devices. Well Nokia couldn’t let an opportunity like that slip by and thus produced the Nokia N-Gage. It was meant to be a phone that focused especially on gaming but, due to its odd shape (referred to as the taco phone) it was an absolute commercial failure.
The McDonald’s Arch Deluxe Flop
Sometimes new isn’t always better, and that seems to be the case for a lot of companies that have been around for generations. When something is so familiar that it has become a part of American culture the best thing a company can sometimes do is just leave it alone. The McDonald’s Arch Deluxe is the perfect example. A sandwich meant for adults, it ran a marketing campaign costing $100 million before becoming one of the most expensive corporate flops.
Brewed Coffee In A Box
This one is potentially a huge missed opportunity. In 1990, long before Starbucks started selling cans of cold coffee in every supermarket and gas station, Maxwell House had the brilliant idea of putting brewed coffee in a cardboard container. Rather than possibly starting the cold coffee trend and making who knows how much, Maxwell House recommended to its customers to heat up the coffee before consumption making their entire product completely redundant. We bet they’re still kicking themselves even today.
Clippy: A Failed 90s Icon
It can arguably be called the grandfather to user interfaces like Siri and Alexa, but when it was debuted Clippy was just plain annoying. It was developed by Microsoft in the 1990s and today still ranks as one of the worst user interfaces ever invented. Even seeing it now makes us want to smash a large, box shaped, computer monitor. Thankfully those are impossible to find too. Thankfully, Clippy is now out of the picture, and away from our screens.
Vio, Coca Cola: Coke Dairy
In 2009 Coca Cola decided to extend its empire even further by trying to break into the dairy market with its brand new product, Vio, Coca Cola. The drink even came in numerous flavors including Very Berry, Peach Mango, Exotic, Citrus Burst, and Tropical Colada. Consumers however, weren’t so enthusiastic about drinking flavored milk combined with carbonated water. Both the idea of it and the taste simply were not appealing to the average shopping wanting either milk and Coca Cola.
Cosmopolitan Tries To Make Yogurt
Considered to be one of the most popular lifestyle magazines of the 1990s and 2000s, Cosmopolitan had millions of loyal readers eager to purchase the newest issue of culture and celebrity gossip. So, in order to increase their market share, Cosmopolitan decided they were going to take a shot at making yogurt. After all they had plenty of ready to go advertising space. Unfortunately they failed to make a splash resulting in the yogurt getting pulled after only 18 months.
The Problems With Four Loko
Anyone who drank a Four Loko during the time it was available is no doubt well aware of the dangers associated with one of these things. Combining large amounts of both alcohol and caffeine, Four Loko was considered the ultimate partying drink. The problems with Four Loko didn’t stem from the taste, but rather from the adverse health effects that accompanied consumption. By 2011, the federal government stepped in, and the FDA classified Four Loko as a public health concern.
The Segway FT Didn’t Happen
When Segway produced the first Segway FT it was predicted to become the next major revolution in human transportation. The company envisioned that after they hit stores they would be flying off the shelves at a rate of 10,000 units per week. That prediction sadly never saw reality and the numbers were far worse than anyone had anticipated. Not only did they not hit their weekly goal, Segway couldn’t even sell 10,000 units within the first two years of manufacturing.
Sorry Microsoft Bob, Not Happening
Creating a user friendly computer system was not a simple task by any means. Today we take our Siris and our Alexas for granted but back in the 1990s Microsoft was trying its best to create something that was still not quite in its reach. In 1995 that something was Microsoft Bob, a computer interface device that both didn’t look aesthetically pleasing, or helped its users in the way that Microsoft had been hoping. Keep hanging in there though Microsoft!
The Apple Pippin Can’t Compete
The 90s were the beginning of the video game revolution. With Playstation, Nintendo, and Sega pumping out groundbreaking games and dominating the ever expanding market, other companies were beginning to call meetings to determine how they too could profit off this. With that came the Apple Pippin, a gaming console developed by Apple and meant to compete with the major video game companies. Unfortunately the Pippin was not the success Apple hoped, not even selling half of its produced units.
First Ever Nintendo Virtual Boy
It’s rare that any groundbreaking invention becomes a huge success the first time around. In 1995 Nintendo launched the first ever virtual reality home gaming set, meant to completely change the world of immersive gaming. It was a great idea that was a little ahead of its time technologically. Although many of its earlier criticisms have since been improved upon, consumers worried then, as they do now, about safety surrounding virtual reality headsets that cut off senses to the world.
Lululemon Gives Us Astro Pants
Astro Pants by Lululemon did not quite break the shelves like the company had been hoping beforehand. Rather, those pants were not only a financial flop, they had some quite disastrous results for the company as well. The pants were very see through and as a result many people were quite upset with Lululemon. The company saw a huge decline in profits and on top of that negativity they were dragged into court for numerous lawsuits over the Astro Pants.
Kellogg’s Breakfast Mates Doesn’t Bite
Breakfast Mates was Kellogg’s idea to try and make breakfast as easy and simple as possible. Rather than just selling a box of cereal, Kellogg’s decided to combine everything a person would need for the perfect morning meal. Not just the cereal, but milk and a spoon as well. Kellogg’s was determined to make this work, spending $30 million on television and print ads. Despite their best efforts people didn’t want it and Kellogg’s ended up having to discontinue them.
Sega Tries Winning With Dreamcast
Sega had been the gaming titan in the early days of video game consoles, but slowly, slowly it was seeing its market shares being encroached upon by PlayStation. Sega decided that in order to maintain its dominance it needed to create a new and impressive system that could compete with PlayStation’s slick new style. Unfortunately for Sega, the Dreamcast suffered setback after setback including a bad launch and a poor selection of games leaving the door wide open for PlayStation.
The Legendary Harley Davidson Cologne
It’s arguably an unusual call for a company associated with classical masculinity and freedom of the open road to try and put out a fragrance for guys who like to ride Harley Davidson. Maybe the company thought that people were unfairly pigeonholing and stereotyping their customers. Whatever the philosophy was, Harley Davidson wasn’t able to turn their cologne into dollars and cents. After their 1990 project, Davidson decided to discontinue their project and focus on what they were good at.
Corfam Shoes Tries Synthetic Leather
In 1964 DuPont created one of the first ever synthetic shoes. The strange thing about DuPont was that they weren’t even a fashion company, rather they were a chemical company whose biggest competitors included Dow Chemical. But they tried anyway, calling the synthetic leather Corfam, believing it to be a superior alternative to animal leather. Consumers disagreed, complaining that the Corfam was terribly uncomfortable, being too still in addition to becoming too hot after they were used for too long.
Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water
Coors likes to advertise that it ferments its beer in Rocky Mountain spring water. So, in a bid to sell more than just alcoholic beverages, why not try to just sell that water? Coors is a big name, so it made a certain kind of sense to use that brand name along with the Rocky Mountain image in order to sell that water. Unfortunately this confused more customers than it attracted, and Coors ultimately ended up pulling the water bottles.
Sony’s 2004 Nw-Hd1 Audio Player
The Nw-Hd1 Audio Player by Sony was advertised with one major advantage in comparison to the iPod – it was small and easily portable. Able to fit into one’s pocket it was considered to be the solution to the customer complaint surrounding Apple’s popular product. But the player had a few compatibility issues, and could only support Sony’s ATRAC3 format. Files that came in formats like WMA, WAV, and even MP3 were unable to be played on Sony’s musical brainchild.
HP Tries To Overthrow iPad
Remember in the early 2010s when everything by Apple was the next big thing? It may seem like ancient history to some but for many of us who were shopping back then we couldn’t wait to get our hands on Apple’s newest product. So it should come as no surprise that many companies were trying to mimic Apple’s success and produce similar products. The HP Touchpad was one such item, meant to overthrow the iPad; it didn’t make a dent.
Really? A Bic For Her?
The Bic For Her pens were a poorly thought out marketing tool meant to sell brightly colored pens to women for more money. It didn’t take long for the population to notice that this marketing ploy was both tone deaf and a rip off to women. As a result people mocked the Bic pens ruthlessly on social media. Bic could only take so much abuse and after hearing the cries of the people pulled the pens off from the shelves.
Apple Newton Personal Digital Assistant
The Apple Newton is proof that not everything that comes out bearing Apple’s name and brand becomes an instant success. Even though the Apple Newton was advanced for its time, it was the first device in 1987 to feature handwriting recognition, it didn’t last long on the shelves. By 1993 the product was discontinued by Apple. Complaints ranged from having too high of a price tag to being too unreliable, having numerous problems including the handwriting feature that it promised.
The Unnecessary CueCat Barcode Scanner
Developed in the late 1990s, the CueCat Barcode Scanner was the invention of a company called Digital Convergence Corporation. It had been meant to serve as a bridge between print media and the vastly growing world of the internet. At the time, search engines weren’t what they are today, so CueCat was something that a user could plug into their computer and scan barcodes to reach different sites. Needless to say it couldn’t compete with typing into a search bar.
PepsiCo Goes For Crystal Pepsi
In the early 1990s consumers began getting increasingly worried about the amount of chemicals being pumped into their food. So, to combat this problem, Pepsi decided to release a product called Crystal Pepsi. Not only was the produce caffeine free, but Pepsi promised that it would have the same familiar taste. Sadly that promise was left unfulfilled, even Crystal Pepsi inventor, David C. Novak, later admitted that “it would have been nice if I’d made sure the product tasted good.”
Eons.com – It’s Myspace For Boomers!
The year was 2006, and the kids were busy soaking up a new internet phenomenon which would later come to dominate and define our world today. We’re talking of course about social media, and in this particular instance we’re talking about Myspace. Then along came another site similar to Myspace but with an age limit for those 50 years or older. This prevented the new site from attracting a large number of users and as a result it shut down.
The Revolutionary Car: GM EV1
Electric cars have always been a goal for many car companies. Long before Tesla began to dominate the market, General Motors produced the first ever electric car all the way back in 1996. It was a big moment for excited environmentalists who believed that the roads were going to become cleaner and quieter for everyone. Sadly for them, the car wasn’t the hit that GM had hoped it would be, problems with spare parts led to the car getting recalled.
Pepsi’s Brand New Frito-Lay Lemonade
After acquiring the chip company Frito-Lay, Pepsi had a major opportunity to take advantage of two companies that complimented each other. After all, what do people do after they’ve just eaten salty chips? They consume a delicious beverage of course! So Pepsi decided to slap Frito-Lay’s brand on a drink just to nudge people into putting two and two together. The branding confused people though, and as a result they did not end up buying Pepsi’s brand new Frito-Lay lemonade.
Google Lively Vs Second Life
Back in 2008 the online game Second Life was one of the most popular online video games of the time. Google, like the rest of the virtual world, couldn’t help but notice and decided to try their hand at creating their own platform similar to Second Life. It didn’t seem as though Google put the necessary effort into creating a platform that could truly compete with Second Life. Google Lively was plagued with bugs and glitches and eventually shut down.
The Hannah Montana Cherries Attempt
It’s no secret that Disney loves throwing any successful brand on any item they can get their hands on, and that includes food. They had their first run with High School Musical cucumbers and later Toy Story apples, so why not Hannah Montana cherries? There was an idea of having the name applied to bananas (Hannah Montana bananas actually rhymes after all) but Disney ignored this idea, opting for cherries instead. Needless to say that the cherries didn’t catch on.
Hot Wheels & Barbie Computers
In 1999 Patriot Computer got the bright idea of combining two types of entertainment marketed specifically towards children. First there was the Barbie computer “designed especially for girls,” and the Hot Wheels computer “designed especially for boys.” The computers didn’t come cheap however, a single one would set a parent back a whopping $699 although they did come with a few games to entertain the little ones. Manufacturing issues meant that nobody wanted them and Patriot ended up declaring bankruptcy.
1978 Phillips Made The LaserDisc
In 1978 Phillips revolutionized the home video format by creating the LaserDisc (abbreviated as the LD). The forerunner to the CD (compact disk) LD was the first commercial optical disc storage medium. Even though it had the ability to offer higher quality visual and audio than many of its competitors, it never gained much traction in the United States. It did however find significant success in many affluent parts of Asia, particularly, for reasons that can’t be explained, in Japan.
Starbucks’ and Pepsi’s Invention: Mazagran
In the mid 1990s two of the biggest drink companies decided to combine forces to create a product that they were sure would dominate the beverage market. Called the Mazagran, after the cold, sweetened drink that originated in Algeria, it turned out to be an absolute failure. Customers were willing to give it a try because of the Starbucks logo on it but it was nothing but a passing fad. Still, it led to the rise of the bottled frappuccino.
The Audio Oakley Thump Line
The Oakley Thump line was the first ever audio player built into a pair of sunglasses. Music combined with a popular and stylish line of shades, what could go wrong? Apparently a lot considering that it’s on the list. For starters they were extremely expensive and only good during the day while outdoors. Consumers also complained that the audio, which was supposed to be the big draw, wasn’t particularly clear and that the glasses were not all that stylish either.
Ford’s Flaming Hot 1970 Pinto
This vehicle was a major mistake and one of the biggest black marks on Ford’s reputation as a reliable car manufacturer. The Ford Pinto, while designed to be fast and stylish, was also incredibly dangerous to the driver. Its fuel tank, located at the rear of the car, had the nasty habit of exploding during any rear collision which would light the entire car on fire. It wasn’t long before Ford was busy dealing with 177 lawsuits over the vehicle.
Apple And Motorola’s Rokr E1
Before the release of the iPhone, Apple teamed up with phone giant Motorola to create the new Rokr E1. The big draw to this newest invention? Not only was it a phone, but it also had the ability to store songs and play music. With the Apple name on it people were sure of its success. Unfortunately it had a litany of problems including low battery life and lack of responsiveness. But did this failed phone might’ve inspired Apple’s iPhone.
Betamax Records Loses To VHS
In 1975 Sony unveiled their newest product, the analog recording in cassette format device known as Betamax. For its release it was accompanied by the slogan that you can “watch whatever, whenever.” Even so, it still wasn’t able to compete with VHS in the war between who would become the most popular video recording machine. That being said, Betamax was still being sold for over 25 years, until 2002, and the tapes for the machines were available up until 2016.
Thirsty Dog! & Thirsty Cat!
There are many pet owners who would do anything for their furry friends. Owners who love pampering them and buying them whatever toy and treat they can find. But it seems that even that amount of love has its limits. In this case, it was buying bottled water meant specifically for cats and dogs. The beverage was carbonated, vitamin enriched, and flavored. It didn’t take long for consumers to realize that they probably shouldn’t be giving their animals pet soda.
This Is The iSnack 2.0
Anyone outside of Australia will say that Vegemite is one of those things they’d rather avoid. Ask an Australian though, and they will tell you it’s one of the most delicious food products to ever grace the planet. Since its release vegemite has gotten numerous suggestions on different flavors to try, a suggestion they probably should’ve ignored. Even though it didn’t do so well in the long run, it was the second most talked about Twitter subject upon its release.
The New McDonald’s Mighty Wings
What appears to be a bid to compete with Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds decided to up their fast food game by stepping into the fried chicken market. Dubbed the Mighty Wings, it was a large portion of deep fried chicken that customers complained didn’t even come close to other fast food fried chicken joints. Not only that, but the Mighty Wings were terribly expensive, and as a result they only stayed on McDonald’s menus for one year before being discontinued.
The Eyetop Wearable DVD Player
In 2004 DVD players were making headway in nearly every American household. Soon, ingenious companies were coming forward to introduce products that offered creative ways to enjoy a film on DVD. One of those products was the Eyetop Wearable DVD Player, a pair of glasses hooked up to a DVD player which had a screen on the right eyepiece for enjoyable viewing no matter where one was. The device was reported to cause motion sickness however, and resulted in discontinuation.
Napster Falls In Legal Battles
If there wasn’t such a thing as copyright and intellectual property then Napster could be a company as big as Amazon. Unfortunately for them, those things are taken very seriously meaning that a free music sharing site infringing on these rights wasn’t going to last very long. Although at its peak Napster was used by over 80 million people worldwide it was eventually hit with lawsuit after lawsuit by angry artists and studios and was forced to shut its doors.
Pepsi AM Doesn’t Stay Up
Much like Coca Cola, Pepsi decided to take a stab at creating a soft drink that also doubled as a morning booster. That drink, the Pepsi AM, had more caffeine than a regular can of Pepsi and was designed to help the consumer kick start their day. The product ended up falling short since most people don’t like the idea of starting their day with a can of Pepsi. A year after hitting shelves, Pepsi AM was removed and discontinued.
Ford Motor Company’s 1957 Edsel
In 1957 Ford put a lot of weight behind their newest invention of the day, the Ford Edsel. Believing that it was going to be the next big thing once it hit the car lots, Ford invested a whopping $400 million into making sure that car succeeded. Sadly for Ford, the reaction wasn’t quite what they had been hoping for. The company ended up losing $250 million and after three years of poor sales the car was removed from catalogues.