Have you ever wanted to make a playlist for your baby? With Bellybuds, you can introduce your baby to your favorite ‘90s jams before it's old enough to protest.
Curtis Mark Williams and Matt Von Waaden pitched Bellybuds in season 5 of Shark Tank, and although they didn’t find success on the show, their pregnancy product has benefited from the appearance. They’ve been spotted on Modern Family and the Today show. Even Kim K used them, presumably to let little North listen to some Yeezus.
Have you ever needed to congratulate your husband for completing a chore you do 99% of the time? Then you should buy Man Medals!
Whenever Man Medals creator James O’Brien would do a basic task, such as taking out the trash, his wife would ask him “what, do you want a medal?” Apparently he did, and Man Medals were born. O’Brien appeared in season 5 and wanted $10,000, but ended up with nothing. At least he can make himself a participation medal.
The Shark Wheel
When people talk about reinventing the wheel, they probably weren’t expecting it to be a cube. At first glance, the Shark Wheel looks like a misfit toy—but when it’s on a skateboard, it gives the rider a smoother, faster, safer ride. Shark Wheel inventor David Patrick and COO Zack Fleishman went into the Shark Tank hoping to get an offer of $100,000 for 5% of the company. They walked away with a $225,000 offer from three out of five judges, each of them having a 2.5%share in the company.
Cats have their own “toilet” in the form of a litter box. Although the box is more convenient than having to take your cat outside to pee, many consider the litter to be a hassle. Why can’t kitties just use the toilet?
Rebecca Riscotti wanted to narrow the gap between cats and their owners. She created the CitiKitty toilet training product in 2006 and brought it to Shark Tank. By the time she appeared on the second season, she had already made $1.4 million in sales. Riscotti asked for $100,000 for 15% of the company, and negotiated a 20% equity deal with Kevin Harrington. The judges were on the fence, but you can’t deny that CitiKitty fills a need…even if it doesn’t work for every cat (just ask the Amazon reviews).
Male-targeted marketing is known for being rather ridiculous. The Original Man Candle is no exception. If you’re a guy who needs to be surrounded by “masculine” scents such as bacon or flatulence, you might be insecure. Too bad Johnson Bailey left the tank without a single offer; his product seems to be hard to find online, with only the Fart flavored candle on Amazon.
Wake ‘n Bacon
Do you enjoy waking up to the smell of fresh-cooked breakfast? Maybe you should’ve invested in the Wake ‘n Bacon, since none of the judges gave the creator an offer. The aroma of bedside bacon is enticing, but the potential fire hazard isn’t worth it. The Wake ‘n Bake never saw life beyond a prototype.
Leave it to a teen to come up with a truly original idea. 14-year-old Brooke Martin wanted to alleviate her dog’s canine separation anxiety, and iCPooch was her solution to the problem. The actual device is a plastic treat dispenser roughly the size of a fire hydrant. In the middle of the iCPooch, there is a holster for your tablet. Download the free app to your tablet or smartphone, then video chat with your dog; there’s even a button you can press to give your dog a treat. The lack of sales and customer demand caused the judges to deny Brooke an offer, but you can still order iCPooch from Brooke's website.
Truly one of the more ridiculous products pitched on Shark Tank, the UroClub is a portable urinal disguised as a golf club. We’re not sure if Dr. Floyd Seskin intended to pitch the UroClub as a gag gift or a serious product, but Kevin Harrington saw its novelty potential—Seskin accepted his deal for 70% equity.
A niche audience surely exists for the UroClub: those who love potty humor, and those who enjoy publicly peeing on the green. At least the product comes with a terry loincloth that conveniently clips onto your belt. That way, no one will think you’re openly peeing into the weird canister on your golf club.
Ryan Custer created Cougar Limited, the energy drink for “what women want”. The age and gender-specific drink is a mystery cocktail; the actual ingredients of the energy drink aren’t disclosed, and shark investor Barbara Corcoran described the drink as chalky. None of the judges were impressed with Custer’s concoction, and his pitch for a $150,000 investment was denied. The biggest obstacle to success? Custer had limited his demographic to cougars on the prowl.
You love your sweet old dog, but his fur is so passé. If only you could dye his hair! Pet Paint is supposedly a safe, washable hair spray for dogs. Abe Geary brought Pet Paint to Shark Tank in season 5, but didn’t receive an offer. You can find the pet spray-paint on the official site and Amazon, where pet owners have left some mixed reviews.
When James LaVitoal and Brian Pitt appeared on Shark Tank, they gave the impression that they were pitching a movie about motorcycles. However, what they really were pitching was a half-finished movie idea about motorcycles. Once the Sharks realized they had no script or actors, things went south for the duo. Needless to say, they didn't leave the studio with the $5 million they asked for.
Throx was a product that was either completely pointless or so brilliant that the world wasn't ready for its greatness. Either way, the idea got no love from the Sharks. The basic premise of Throx was this--people are always losing socks, so why not package them in groups of three instead of two? The creators might have thought they were on to something great, but the show's investors begged to differ.
Sticky Note Holder
Are you tired of all those Post-It notes cluttering up your computer monitor? So was Mary Simonson, so she set out to create a solution. And thus the "Sticky Note Holder" was born. This device was meant to attach to your laptop and could hold sticky notes in a more organized manner. It's maybe not the actively worst thing that has ever been on Shark Tank, but the Sharks made it clear that they wouldn't be investing and that Mary should stop wasting more of her money on a virtually pointless invention.
The NoPhone was a great idea. Sure, it was crazy as well, but it was great nonetheless. It was basically just a chunk of plastic shaped like a smartphone, and people were meant to buy it for loved ones who just couldn't seem to put down their real phones. If there's one things the Sharks are known for, it's not their sense of humor, so obviously they hated it, and the two creators walked away empty handed.
Bluetooth has made the world a lot easier, but if you asked the inventor of the Ionic Ear, you'd think it was the most amazing invention mankind ever created. That's why he showed up to Shark Tank pitching a Bluetooth device that you surgically implant in your ear. The Sharks were obviously not on board, and I suspect that if you ask most people, they wouldn't be too keen on a permanent Bluetooth device in their bodies.
Mark Sullivan didn't have your usual bad Shark Tank pitch. This man is an old-school mad scientist...or perhaps a garden-variety nutjob. In any case, he showed up to filming with ideas for a "Sullivan Generator"--which could purportedly harness the spin of the earth to filter the gold out of ocean water. The Sharks were definitely intrigued by his pitch, but they were ultimately too suspicious to invest.
Drive Suits were actually a good idea. They were definitely wacky, but they also had a fun appeal. Basically, Drive Suits allowed you to become a real-life Transformer--when standing, you look like a robot, but you can also get on all fours and drive around like a car. See? Crazy but appealing. The inventor managed to get an offer from Kevin O'Leary, but the deal fell through before the episode even made it to air.
Buck and Arlene Weimer have a passion...for farts. Which is why they created Under-Ease--specially designed underwear that help filter the stink out of your flatulence. Once you're done vomiting, you'll be relieved to know that the Sharks passed on this smelly investment. But that hasn't stopped the Weimers from following their dreams--they're now selling the product without any help from Shark Tank.
I Want to Draw a Cat For You
Steve Gadlin appeared on Shark Tank with quite possibly the most unusual pitch ever--he wanted the Sharks to invest in his website, I Want to Draw a Cat for You, where people could buy simple and bizarre cat drawings. Shockingly, Mark Cuban was actually down and ended up investing $25,000 in the site. I hope he got a cat drawing too.
If the percussionist in your life isn't already annoying enough, they should consider DrumPants--the jeans you can play like a drum set, thanks to sensors and smartphone connectivity. It sounds crazy, but two Sharks actually made offers, but then withdrew them when the inventor tried to counteroffer. Despite no monetary support from the Sharks, DrumPants are still inexplicably for purchase today.
Arkeg combined the fun of retro video games with the fun of drinking beer by creating an arcade cabinet with a keg beneath. But honestly, if you're old enough to drink, what are you doing still playing video games? The Sharks weren't feeling this unusual combo either, so the inventor was unable to land a deal, and it looks like the product is no longer available for purchase anywhere.
Morning Head is not what it sounds like...it's worse. It's basically a shower cap meant to fix your bed head without having to actually wash your hair--you wet the cap and then rub it around on your head. Why you couldn't do this with a towel, your hands, or anything else is beyond us. Surprisingly, this product has done well since it was featured on Shark Tank, and the product is available to buy on Amazon.
No one likes to have difficult conversations with loved ones, but now you can make those talks even more awkard with Elephant Chat. This product, which is literally just a small stuffed elephant in a box, is meant to be brought out when you have something to say but don't know how to broach the subject. But if you require a stuffed animal to talk to your spouse, something tells me it's not going to be a miracle cure for your relationship.
Don't you just hate when your hair smells like food? Yeah, that's never happened to us either, but apparently it's a pressing enough issue that someone invented the Kook'n Kap--which is meant to prevent the odors from the food you cook from reaching your hair. But instead of putting on this ridiculous-looking bonnet, why not just wear an actual hat?
If your waffles aren't unhealthy enough for you already, the inventor of Wired Waffles would like to sell you some that are packed with calories AND caffeine. Unfortunately, when Roger Sullivan went on Shark Tank no one wanted to invest in his caffeinated breakfast treat. Their biggest complaint was that they just didn't taste good.
No Fly Cone
It's a fact of life that dogs poop and that that poop attracts flies. Most people would solve this problem by disposing of it when they see it. But not the inventor of the No Fly Cone! Instead, they would have you place this conical piece of fly paper over every dog dropping in your yard to catch and kill flies. Sure it solves a problem, but it does so in the most roundabout way possible.
Fertilizer is already a thing, right? Because the inventor of Llama Brew doesn't seem to think so. He showed up to Shark Tank pitiching his specialty blend of liquified llama manure for gardens. Unfortunately, the Sharks weren't buying his BS (or rather, LS), and he left the show without any investors.
The Boobypack has a terrible name and an even worse function. It's basically just a bra that doubles as a fanny pack. However, the Sharks saw promise in this idea, and the inventor walked away with $80,000 in investment money from Barbara Corcoran.
Riding in the back of a truck is a fun (if not wildly dangerous) rite of passage in some parts of the country. BedRyder was a product that hoped to make the trip a little bit less hazardous with safety seats that could be installed in the back of a pickup. However, no Sharks wanted to invest after the inventor gave some less-than-reassuring answers to their questions about safety and crash tests.
Tycoon Real Estate
Tycoon Real Estate is a fun instance of where the Sharks hated both the product and the presenter. Aaron McDaniel came in with a service that crowdfunded real estate investments, but the Sharks were having none of it. In addition to calling his product "scammy", they also just straight-up didn't trust his character.