13 Wacky Products That Made Millions

These silly, simple and really strange inventions will have you muttering, 'Why didn't I think of that?!'

by Elizabeth M. Economou | Updated 11 Jun 2018 at 2:34 PM

Before the hit show “Shark Tank” catapulted budding entrepreneurs with promising ideas into stratospheric fame and fortune, good old-fashioned ingenuity — and a lot of luck — could turn a mere idea into millions.

And sometimes even billions.

A look back in time, in fact, at some of the wackiest and most unexpected moneymakers from the past up until the present day will have most of us kicking ourselves and muttering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

In these cases, someone did — to the amusement and entertainment of scores of people (and to the benefit of some lucky folks’ bank accounts).

For a bunch of fun, check out the gallery below!

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  1. beanie-babies
  2. fidget-spinner
  3. flowbee
  4. headon
  5. hula-hoop
  6. koosh-ball
  7. krazy-straw
  8. pet-rock
  9. silly-putty
  10. slideshow
  11. slinky
  12. smiley-faces
  13. snuggie
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