If you are tired of being in awe of world-renowned paintings ad sculptures and are looking for something a little more fun, engaging, and entertaining, keep your eyes peeled for the traveling Museum of Failure to see if it will make a stop in your city.
The Museum of Failure is a pop culture enthusiasts’ haven. It is a collection of failed products and services from around the world. It’s not a joke, the museum takes failure very seriously, and they provide a fascinating learning experience for guests you’ll be telling your friends about.
Every item is carefully selected, and all are either iconic at best or moderately famous at least. Every item showcased provides an insightful look into how risky business innovation is.
It is the brainchild of Dr. Samuel West. He’s a licensed psychologist Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
A traveling version of the museum is now in Taipei, Taiwan, and made stops in the U.S. at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Washington D.C, Hollywood, and Paris.
If you don’t have a government-funded private plane to fly you to Taiwan like Nancy Pelosi, don’t sweat it, there is a virtual tour available on their website. www.museumoffailure.com
Here are some of the featured products. You have to give the developers and inventors credit for giving it a try, but to put it nicely, these ideas did not work.
The Taco Phone by Nokia (a combo of a game console and phone)
New Coke, aka Coke II – this came out in 1985, and it was a response to Coke losing the Pepsi Challenge blind taste test to their rivals.
Google Glass – Launched in 2013, these were smart glasses with a built-in camera, voice controls, and a revolutionary screen.
Pringles Olestra – Remember when Pringles launched their chips with 100% satisfaction and 0% guilt? The fat-free chips were made with Olestra, which had side effects leading to gastric cramps and frequent bathroom trips.