In the world of tools, most changes are minor and incremental. A bell here, a whistle there, and that's what counts as progress. Yet occasionally a tool comes along that does something completely unexpected, that boldly goes off in an unpredictable direction, leaving us astonished at its genius—or at least its weirdness.
We rounded up examples of some intriguing oddities—the by-products, no doubt, of an inventor's Category 5 brainstorm. Whip them into
action, and everyone's first reaction is, "Cool!" followed by, "How can I get me one of those?" Who cares if there are simpler, cheaper tools that can do the same job…sort of. Life is short, and a cool tool is forever.