Number 11 on the list goes to entrepreneur Carl VanderSchuit who invented the idea of a product called LiteCubes. These are fake ice cubes that can be customized with different colored glows to them and different logos or imprints. The good thing is they can actually be frozen and keep drinks cooler than they normally would be.
The purpose of these little guys is to enhance the feel of any party or social gathering by implementing different colored lights to people’s drink glasses. According to the company’s website, LiteCubes have three tiers of pricing, with each one being composed of different colors. A single cube can be bought for just over a couple dollars, so they aren’t very expensive. Nonetheless Carl VanderSchuit has made millions of dollars from this inarticulate concept that sells considerably well.
Mark Pincus and his social network game developing company, Zynga, created one of the most popular games ever: FarmVille.
The game can be found on the Facebook, the most well-known social networking site on the Internet, and it’s ridiculous how many virtual farmers became addicted when the game was released in 2009. The whole game revolved around the concept of maintaining and expanding your very own virtual farm, where you can grow and harvest crops, raise and take advantage of the offerings of livestock, and decorating your farm with various objects that are offered in the game’s store. With over 50 million faming fanatics playing the game, the game is estimated to have earned well into the hundreds of millions of dollars, an amount all the virtual farmers wish they had.
Dave Marcks was a golf course superintendent when he noticed how unwanted and pestering geese can be not only to gold courses, but to parks and other areas across the World. He took this problem and made it into a million dollar idea, shooing geese from properties for over 20 years.
David Marcks uses a special breed of dog to call his employees: Border Collies. These special canines are handpicked by the company, and they are highly trained to control the movement of those obnoxious feathery creatures. Pricing for this strange service varies depending on the property’s size, location, number of ponds and lakes, and what the surrounding area has to offer in terms of obstacles that could require more work. The next time you have unwanted geese on your land, call the multi-million dollar company Geese Police to get the flock out.
“Life is short. Have an affair.” It’s hard to support a social networking and dating site that encourages cheating on your spouse, but over 10,000,000 people have hopped on board this insulting venture. Promoting adultery is a dumb and immature idea to pursue, but it worked for now-millionaire Noel Biderman, and he is undoubtedly not regretting it as he is enjoying life these days.
There has been an immense amount of controversy because of the integrity and potential damage to society the site conveys. In 2009, a commercial for the social network was banned by NBC, a $200,000 advertising campaign was declined by Toronto Transit Commission, and Phoenix, Arizona rejected Biderman’s proposal to rename Sky Harbor Airport to Ashley Madison International Airport for $10 million. Biderman is obviously grateful of all those people who are looking to be involved in an affair if he has that much money to throw around.
Ken and Roni di Lullo noticed their pet canine squinting on a sunny day in the great state of California. From that point on, they would soon see many sunny days in their future, as they would eventually bring in millions of dollars from their newly established invention idea.
The couple invented Doggles, tinted goggles for dogs to protect their eyes from the sunlight. There were actually tests using this new product, and ones that fit the head of dogs were soon being produced. Selling at $20 per pair, this idea quickly turned into millions of dollars, allowing the brand to expand. Retail stores have been selling them for years, and the brand now manufactures dog backpacks, flotation devices, jewelry, and bedazzled vests. If you have a pet related idea or product, even if it is stupid, pursue it because it might actually turn into something special.
Lucky Break Wishbones
Ken Ahroni didn’t want people all over the country waiting for Thanksgiving to make a wish, so he pitched in to society and established a plastic wishbone company, Lucky Break Wishbone Corp.
Mr. Ahroni is selling these supposedly lucky pieces of plastic in stores and on his website. He’s produced millions of dollars in revenue, and is selling them in packs of four, five, eight, and ten, starting at $4 for the pack of four. The company is now creating tens of thousands of this product, and it’s hard to believe that people all over the United States are purchasing that many. The sad thing is though, they are.
Wiggles Dog Wigs
Ruth Regina, a wig maker, was asked by one her closest friends to develop a wig for her pet basset hound. Who would have guessed that she would finish this basset hound wig, and then continue to make thousands more after?
Ruth now has an online store for her canine products, as she sells both wigs and extensions. Wigs vary in pricing depending on size, but cost over $30 for a small, and extensions go for around $25 each. As I’m writing this, I still can’t think of a reason why someone would put a $50 wig on a mastiff, but there are people who are doing this all over. I wish I would have known.
An advertising executive from the state of California named Gary Dahl started the stupidest trend America has ever witnessed: the pet rock. The reasons that persuaded Dahl to revolutionize the family pet included messiness, cost, demanded attention, and behavior issues. A pet rock solves all these complications.
For an entire investment of $3.95, anybody could have their own rock and start taking care of it. How to do that is still bewildering, but the funny thing is, for people who shared the same confusion, Dahl created a Pet Rock Training Manual. That is right, there was a training manual for the rock, offering different advice on how to get the rock to perform various tricks. Why didn’t people just invest into a tree, something living and could actually be taken care of?
23-year-old Catherine Keane’s life changed when an acquaintance appraoched her and requested to have her favorite CDs uploaded onto her Ipod. Keane was paid $500 for the job, and it made her think she could do it as a professional business because of the market that was available. She later created a website to provide this business online, HungryPod.com.
It’s amazing how lazy people are nowadays, and it doesn’t get any worse than them paying a 23-year-old girl to upload CDs at $1.75 each to their music devices. Is it really that hard to do it yourself, or have a close relative that understand technology do it? Since 2004, this million dollar idea has produced well over $100,000 annually, and doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
An entrepreneur from Switzerland named Samuel Liechti had a crazy idea one day to start a company that would distribute socks to subscribers several times throughout the year. For nine pairs, each “sockscriber” pays a minimum of $89 annually to keep the socks rolling in. Surprisingly enough, there is an immense amount of people who are too lazy to grab a pair of calf-high socks at the store and subscribe to this silly service.
The only cool thing about this idea is that each customer is educated with a calculation of how many hours they are saving from not going out and buying socks. The numbers actually add up to 12 hours per year saved, which is almost insignificant considering a year consists of 8,760 hours. This company has become so successful from this sock subscribing, that it has expanded into over 75 countries and has tens of thousands of customers each year. Now, every time you put socks on in the morning, you will shake your head in disbelief.
Origami is a traditional Japanese art that has a person folding a piece of paper into creatures, such as swans, dragons, and almost any other animal living on the Earth today. As most people can agree, origami art actually turns out looking very creative and interesting, often carrying vibrant colors that catch attention. What isn’t creative or interesting though, is this million dollar idea.
Supposedly the person who owns the website that sells these pieces of crumpled paper isn’t Japanese but pretends to be on the site to humor people who visit his page. He apparently did a good job over the years, because he has generated over $1,000,000 from selling these boulders at $10 apiece.