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These 7 Inventors Absolutely Hate Their Creations

Have you ever had an idea, which you initially thought was brilliant, but then come to the conclusion that it hasn’t actually been your brightest idea? Well, some people acted on their great ideas and created some inventions that ended up changing the world. The problem with inventions is that once they are out of our hands, the world can twist them and use them in ways the inventor has never dreamed of. This is more or less what happened to these 7 inventors, who came to deeply regret their world-changing patents.

1. Anna Jarvis - Mother's Day

 Inventors Who Deeply Regret Their Inventions mother and daughter on mother's day
To her dying day, Anna Jarvis hated Mother’s Day. It wasn’t because of a strained relationship with her mother, on the contrary. It was for her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, that Anna founded Mother's Day. Mrs. Jarvis had spent her life mobilizing mothers to care for their children, and wanted the hard work of mothers to be recognized. When she died in 1905, grief-stricken Anna decided to fulfill her mother’s dream and devote a special day to celebrating mothers. 
On the very first Mother’s Day ever celebrated on May 10, 1908, Anna Jarvis was excited. Although she didn’t attend the first event, held in the Grafton, West Virginia church where her mother taught Sunday School, she did send 500 white carnations in her honor. What turned Anna’s enthusiasm off was how quickly Mother’s Day became commercialized. In fact, she even called the florists and greeting card industries “charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers, and termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations.”

2. Ethan Zuckerman - Pop-Up Ads

 Inventors Who Deeply Regret Their Inventions ad block

Being annoyed by pop-up ads is quite a universal sentiment, so imagine what the inventor, Ethan Zuckerman might feel knowing he’s responsible for one of the internet’s most hated features. Well, Zuckerman is completely aware of the situation, and he even wrote a whole essay for the Atlantic in 2014, taking full responsibility and apologizing for the pesky nuisance he created.

In the essay, he explained that the intention behind pop up ads was to allow adverts to appear when users visited a page without necessarily associating the advert with the content of the page. He and the company he worked for at the time came up with the idea after a major car company freaked out that their ad was featured on a website for adult content. “We ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: The pop-up ad. I’m sorry. Our intentions were good.” 

Related: These Failed Inventions Were Supposed To Change the World

3. Mikhail Kalashnikov - AK-47

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During World War II Russia’s firepower struggled to keep up with that of Germany. Mikhail Kalashnikov, who served in a tank at the beginning of the war and already came up with some improvements for tanks, set out to create an improved rifle model for his country’s army. In 1947, the AK-47 was launched. The letters are an abbreviation of Avtomat Kalashnikova, and the numbers note the year it was first manufactured. The new automatic weapon proved to be pragmatic, durable, and lightweight.

Kalashnikov passed away in 2014, which means he lived long enough to see his invention becoming extremely popular, and the favorite of terrorists and warlords world over. "I keep coming back to the same questions. If my rifle claimed people’s lives, can it be that I…, an Orthodox believer, am to blame for their deaths?” he wrote in a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox church in 2010. On another occasion, he was quoted saying “I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work — for example, a lawnmower.”

4. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein - the Atomic Bomb

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Another wartime invention that shook up the world was that of the atomic bomb. It is attributed to J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. Although Albert Einstein was not directly involved in the development of the actual weapon, it was his work that made the bomb possible.
After the war, Oppenheimer expressed mixed feelings about his invention. “I have no remorse about the making of the bomb… As for how we used it, I understand why it happened but I do not have the feeling that it was done right. Our government should have acted with more foresight and clarity in telling the world and Japan what the bomb meant," he said.
The regret expressed by Einstein, on the other hand, was much more unequivocal. "Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb," he said, "I would have never lifted a finger."

5. Bob Propst — the Office Cubicle

 Inventors Who Deeply Regret Their Inventions office cubicles

Today the cubicle has come to be a symbol of the drudgery of office work, however, the original intention of the design was the complete opposite. Bob Prost, who is responsible for inventing office cubicles, thought they would give workers more freedom and the ability to work in a variety of settings. 

Companies, however, saw the design as a way to cut costs by doing away with individual offices. As more and more companies adopted the design, their versions increasingly were marketed as small, closed boxes rather than the flexible space Propst intended. Propst came to lament his invention. In 1997 he wold the New York Times “the cubiclizing of people in modern corporations is monolithic insanity".

6. John Sylvan — Coffee Capsules

 Inventors Who Deeply Regret Their Inventions coffee capsules

Seems like coffee-making systems like Nespresso and Tassimo are only ever gaining popularity. One man who refuses to follow the trend in John Sylvan, who also happens to be the inventor of coffee pods. “They’re kind of expensive to use. Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make,” he told The Atlantic. 

It turns out Sylvan isn’t the biggest fan of his own invention, to say the least. “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it,” he even admitted. He has a few reasons for this dislike - the pods aren’t recyclable and biodegradable, and they provide easy access to caffeine which can be addictive. “It's like a cigarette for coffee, a single-serve delivery mechanism for an addictive substance."

Related: 8 Little-known Inventors That Changed the World

7. Wally Conron - Labradoodles

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"Why would anyone regret the invention of something so cute?" you might wonder. Well, the original labradoodle was created in the 1980s by Wally Conron, a puppy-breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. He was asked to create a non-shedding guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to dogs. The result was a labradoodle - a cross between a Golden Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle - which is now the most sought after hybrid in the world. Moreover, people are constantly trying to create hybrids of their own: Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever/Poodle), Schnoodles (Miniature Schnauzer/Poodle), Cavoodless (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle), the list goes on.

The problem with the poodle crosses is that they suffer various ailments: problems with their eyes, hips, elbows, even epilepsy. “I opened a Pandora’s box, that’s what I did,” Conron told Psychology Today. “So many people are just breeding for the money. So many of these dogs have physical problems, and a lot of them are just crazy.” 

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