There are things in this world, more than you’d really like to admit, that simply cannot be explained. They fill a need (sort of), but are they so essential that they would be missed had they not been invented — or reinvented, as is the case with some of them? Eh, not really. For the things we really need — a car that runs on tap water and banana peels, for instance — we have just one question: When? For this stuff, we have another: Why? — Zac Crain

Clocky, the alarm clock that rolls off the table when it goes off in the morning: This clock force­s you to walk (or crawl) to the outer reaches of your bedroom to find and disable it (meaning no more hitting the snooze button repeatedly). Sounds great. It might even work. Once. The second time, the clock’s design will work against it only while it’s picking up speed and hurtling toward the nearest wall, paying a steep price for its insolence. A better idea? A book of plausible excuses to give to your boss to explain why you come in late every morning with pillow creases on your face.

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Buck, the Animated Singing Trophy Deer: Ah, back into Furby country. You have no doubt seen or heard one version of this idea — there were a ton of these at one point: Boogie Bass, Rocky Rainbow Trout, Big Mouth Billy Bass, and several others. Someone comes near it and it erupts in song while flopping around on its final resting place. But a good outdoorsman doesn’t just fish, so now the formula has been taken to its logical conclusion with Buck, the Animated Singing Trophy Deer. His set of songs makes sense, even if his reason for being doesn’t. Seriously, how many times can you hear a fake, stuffed deer head sing ZZ Top’s “La Grange”?
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Furby II: Remember the original Furby? Tiny ball of fur, somewhat sentient, fascinating for limited amounts of time? Sure you do. And if you don’t, well, you can get to know Furby II, its bigger, allegedly smarter cousin, able to do and say all manner of things — and in a variety of languages, including English and, um, Furbish. But its best new feature, without question, has to be the heretofore-unavailable on/off switch.
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Slippers with night-lights: Now this is something that sounds very promising — in theory, at least. With the comfort of slippers and the convenience of a night-light, it’s like a miner’s hat for your feet. It’s easy to see why this triggered a lightbulb over some inventor’s noggin. Actually, it probably wasn’t easy to see, and he stubbed his toe fetching a late-night glass of milk, and thus the light-up kicks were born. But, really, how many people are going to go through the trouble every night of putting these things near the bed?