Just What We Needed Dept: A Banana Slicer
I love quoting food writer Mark Bittman, who noted that the only things you need in a kitchen are "A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons." Clearly he never heard of the Hutzler Banana Slicer, which does in seconds what you can do in seconds: slice a banana. The Red Ferret noted:
When the archaeologists come to dig out the remains of our civilisation, one of the things they’re going to find most puzzling is this Hutzler Banana Slicer contraption. Why, they’re going to ask in hushed tones, would an otherwise advanced civilisation with superior tool handling skills, why would they need to employ a yellow piece of plastic to slice such an innocently soft fruit as the banana?
The Hutzlers have been hutzling this stuff since 1938, coming up with new marginally useless things that fill our drawers and bloat our kitchens. Enough already with the plastic junk!