One of the reasons that I decided to upgrade to the iPhone is the various apps that are available, especially the ones that offer ways to be more productive and efficient. That said, I’m amazed at the number of apps that do–well, nothing, really.
There are apps that show virtual cigarette lighters, that fill the screen of your phone with cyber beer, and one that compares how long you can hold your finger against a computer-generated fingerprint against other owners of the app.
Then again, some useless apps are just entertaining, like virtual bubble wrap.
Today, I thought it would be fun if there was an app that would randomly flush a toilet somewhere in Japan when you press a button on the iPhone. I have no idea where this idea came from, but I can see this elderly Japanese lady sweeping her house when she hears the toilet flush by itself. Her eyes grow big and she freezes, then slowly inches her way toward the bathroom, step by step, and peeks into the toilet. She assumes that it was her imagination, so she returns to her sweeping.
The button on Flushzilla (my name for this app) is pressed once more, and the the toilet flushes again. This time the lady runs from the house for help. Soon, the entire population of the little fishing village stands around the bathroom, peering into the toilet that seems to have a life of its own, while on the other side of the planet a four-year-old amuses himself with his mother’s iPhone while she drives toward the grocery store.
What kind of useless app do you think would be fun?