by Hoogie Espinosa . January 8th, 2015
A somewhat hidden gem from Reddit is /r/stupidbiz where Redditors post business ideas that are “impractical, insane, or just plain stupid.” Some of these ideas are actually stupid enough to work. If this subreddit was more regularly updated, I’d definitely watch this like a hawk, just as I do with /r/fifthworldproblems.
JPBimmer writes “Boredom during the usual micturition is finally a thing of the past. With the all-new Firefighter, tiny flames inside the bowl of the urinal stay lit until patrons extinguish them. Upon flushing, the bowl will relight itself for the next gentleman. As an added bonus, the ambient light from the urinal can act as a mood light for any dimly lit restrooms.”
He even has a picture of it in his blog!
This is a no.
One_Giant_Nostril writes “Most people make up their mind to continue watching or not within that time-frame. If the producers know what they’re doing, any spoilers revealed within the first 10-12 minutes are not the “real” spoilers.”
This is definitely a yes.
“All pastel, wide lapels, platform shoes, etc.” – One_Giant_Nostril
It’s a very niche idea. But I’ve seen ideas this niche or seemingly stupid work amazingly. However, the ones that work are all online and have worked their butts off to make things as efficient as possible both money-wise and work-wise.
This is a yes.
This idea could be used for deaf people or rooms that need to stay quiet like shared rooms with varying schedules. However, it’s going to have a steep competition against smaller, portable items such as vibrating alarm clocks and bed shakers.
This idea was submitted by xodiach and I personally love it. I love the punny title and I love new genres of music that sprout out. Especially ones you don’t expect.
This is plausible, and I’m willing to support this idea through and through.
Or rather an audio Vine. I can see this happen, but just like Vine, people who will stay with it for the long run will be a very niche crowd. At first, people will treat it like Vine, but will soon realise that the lack of video makes it a completely different product.
This to me is a yes.
I personally hate stuff like this. But some people seem to like it. Between this and the suit onesie, you’ll be the cheesiest person at the office. However, between being a conversation piece during the first day and being the token eccentric guy the 100th is a long period of time where you just look plain annoying.
This is plausible.
One_Giant_Nostril writes “”Your sign says you have beef stew. Can I get a bowl of that?”
“Sure. It’ll be ready in… oh, say four hours. Can you come back then?”
Idea: You ever heard of Please Don’t Tell? That awesome bar hidden behind a deli through a telephone box in NYC? What if it’s like that? A permanently installed cart with a hidden underground kitchen. The batcave of kitchens. I think that would be cool. More expensive by a mile, but tons more plausible.
However with the given idea, this is a no.
I love this idea. I’m sure somebody already thought of it. There’s something already that’s quite similar.
If waveforms are free for all though, this is a definite yes. I’d buy multiple.
I had this awful giggle-snort when I read this.
I think this would work if you could get past all the legal issues. I’d honestly be interested in this. I know some of you would be as well. Despite the gore, you’ll actually know more about the meat you’re eating and possibly choose the healthier looking cows that won’t give you health problems the next day.
And that’s it. /r/StupidBiz is filled with amazing ideas once you dig through. I personally think it’s worth a visit if not a subscribe. Sadly though, it’s not very active. The last hot post was written 4 months ago and it only has 270 subscribers. I really hope to see this subreddit get more active because it puts much needed creativity and craziness into entrepreneurship.
Do you have your own so-crazy-it-might-work business idea? Do you have anything to add? Which business idea was your favorite? Comment below!
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