There’s a heck of a lot of apps out there, ranging from the ridiculous to the functional. This post is going to be about those that fall on the more ludicrous end of the spectrum. Some of these apps can be handy for a bit of a laugh, others will leave you befuddled and/or worried about the future of the human race.
- Door Stop (Free, iPhone)
Apparently there are people out there who have a pent-up need to play with springy door stops. As the app’s makers put it, “You can now play with that thing until the cows come home!”
- Fan Cooler ($0.99, iPhone)
This app features a fan that you can customize in terms of speed and background color for $.99. Perhaps this app may be used for those desperate times where you wish you had a fan, but only had a smartphone instead? Except it doesn’t actually blow any air!! (Maybe it is all psychological) If you have an android phone, there are lots of similar android-friendly variants of this app as well. (see Pocket Fan for example)
- My Name Is (Free, iPhone – Android)
This app allows you to make a nametag out of your smartphone. Why? Just because. Fonts and colors customizable.
- [email protected] (Free, iPhone)
Want to sleep at work but want to look like you’re still working? This app will produce ambient office sounds (typing, mouse-clicking, paper-shuffling, etc.) and you can even adjust your “work productivity level” to control how often these sounds will repeat while you nap. This probably won’t let you get away with sleeping on the job, but it’s funny.
- Zips (Free, iPhone)
Yes, it is what you think it is – a zipper that goes up and down. This’ll probably appeal to those with zipper fetishes. Useless or not, you have to give this app props for how realistic it looks.
- iBeer (Free, iPhone – Android)
This one has been around for a while. You can make your screen look and sound like it’s filled with beer. If chugging down pretend beer is your idea of fun, this app may be for you.
- Tickle Me! (Free, iPhone)
This app responds with child-like laughter when you “tickle” the screen. May work to entertain young children. Be careful though, seeing a grown man tickling his phone may cause discomfort to others. There are similar apps like this for Android devices (see Tickle Time for example).
- Hold On ($0.99, iPhone)
The sole purpose of this app is to see how you long you can hold your finger in a fixed position. Probably used in (drinking) games or bets.
- What’s Your Nickname? (Free, iPhone)
This app asks you a series of questions, then bestows upon you a nickname based on your “personality.” Apparently some people have a problem coming up with nicknames for themselves. (Here’s a tip: other people are the ones who do that for you).
- iFart ($0.99, iPhone)
This app has become one of the most popular apps ever. For $.99, it allows you to make fart noises of different varieties, from noises described as “Burrito Maximo” to “Bombardier.” Making fake fart noises never seems to get old and people continue to download the app every day. There’s a free version called iFart Lite.
Perhaps these novelty apps have become the modern day version of novelty toys. They may be useless, but this hasn’t stopped a lot of users from downloading them. To each their own indeed.