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  • Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    I would like to offer the GU10 light fitting.

    Why not use a simple screw or bayonet when you can have one of these fiddly buggers?

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Although not manufacturing, this one still makes me laugh…

    (Office of Government Commerce)

    Rorschach
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    Anything prefixed by ‘Crank Brothers’.
    Putting blurk bits on the outside.

    Clear **** plastic **** melted **** together **** packaging.

    Halfords Apollo bikes.

    brant
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    Most of the final year projects from BEng Mech Eng Hons (design) from Huddersfield Poly?

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Most of the final year projects from BEng Mech Eng Hons (design) from Huddersfield Poly?

    Good one! I actually found mine a couple of months back. 132 pages of tripe. How the hell that passed I have no idea.

    TooTall
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    Most of the final year projects from BEng Mech Eng Hons (design) from Huddersfield Poly?

    Rumour always was that they were working on the next OnOne frames 😆

    Doors that can only be pushed with pull handles on them. Doors that can only be pulled with push plates on them. Fridge doors in newsagents and corner shops that require a sticker to show you which side of the door the handle is on because they have hidden it and removed any chance of being able to just use A DOOR! 👿

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Any shimano product packaging, my fellow bike shop workers will sympathise with me on this one.

    For a “supposedly” green company who produce the vast majority of the worlds cycle components to enclose the simplest of products with so much convoluted over-designed cardboard and plastic packaging really boils my piss every time i fit components to bikes, in fact i have been known to go into such a rage that i jump up and down on the aforementioned packaging whilst uttering incoherent swear words.

    I’ve even fired off a few emails to shimano but obviously they’ve never experienced the sort of incoherent rant that a short arsed hairy scotsman can fire off in a matter of seconds, my balls to the wire/strava-esque kom typing speed surprises me so it’s no great surprise that i have not received any reply as of yet.

    I understand the above after fitting a full shimano groupset/brakes to my bike. There was what can only be discribed as a S**T load of packaging left over.

    JCL
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    Sram XO 2×10 chain guide. Never seen anyone get more than a month out of one before the lower guide explodes.

    Kitchen utensils from Joseph. Absolutely useless. The handles are much heavier than the business end of each utensil so as soon as you leave one in a pan, they flip over causing good to fly everywhere. They are simply not fit for purpose.

    These….http://www.josephjoseph.com/product/elevate-carousel-tool-set

    Edric 64
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    Chernobyl ?

    Much like Bravissimo, I’d nominate anything using the words ‘new easy opening packaging’ or similar.

    Oh, and the old Cathay Pacific herringbone seating layout. Awful!

    athgray
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    Those tins of tuna with the foil lid. Makes it far harder to squeeze out the brine.

    unovolo
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    Those packets that say ‘Tear here’ ,they never bloody work.

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    The £1billion Edinburgh tram [strike]network[/strike] half a line.

    redstripe
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    anything from the 1970’s, mainly clothes and haircuts (well until punk started)

    Kitchen utensils from Joseph. Absolutely useless. The handles are much heavier than the business end of each utensil so as soon as you leave one in a pan, they flip over causing good to fly everywhere. They are simply not fit for purpose.

    The idea is you don’t need to leave them in the pan, as the weighted handle stops your bolognese covered utensil from making a mess of the worktop. However, the stupid hangy thing is infuriating as everything drops off when you look at it…

    retro83
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    Edric 64 – Member
    Chernobyl ?

    User error, even though the reactor design was flawed (positive void coefficient), the explosion was 100% down to the operators.

    bencooper
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    The plastic easy-peel lids on things which are welded on stronger than steel – the handy pull-tab is just there to fool you, pull it and nothing happens, and the only way to get in is to use a sharp knife.

    Apart from occasionally, when the glue suddenly let’s go and everything flies all over the kitchen.

    cbike
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    Dyson Vacuum cleaners.

    Too heavy, too much plastic, doesnt fit under furniture, still needs filters cleaned (and they take 24 hours to dry) you get to look at all the crap from your carpets, they fall over when you use the hose…I can go on…

    nealglover
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    Kitchen utensils from Joseph. Absolutely useless. The handles are much heavier than the business end of each utensil so as soon as you leave one in a pan, they flip over causing good to fly everywhere. They are simply not fit for purpose.

    You have ever so slightly missed the whole point of the design then ? 😉

    nicko74
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    Much like Bravissimo, I’d nominate anything using the words ‘new easy opening packaging’ or similar.

    er… Bravissimo stuff comes with “easy opening” on it? Bonus! 😉

    Those packets of ham that say “peel here”. You follow the instructions, and end up with a still-sealed pack of ham in one hand, and a complete label from the front of said pack in the other hand…

    The corned beef tin: Finger amputation garaunteed upon opening.

    Gary_M
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    USB cables in particular the end that plugs into the PC/charger.

    slugwash
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    Please step forwards the Vauxhall Zafira handbrake lever (55 plate onwards). It resembles a clip together mystery object that tumbled out of the middle of a Kinder Egg, but is only half as sturdy.

    It was a real pleasure when mine shattered into three pieces at the local tyre fitters leaving me stuck between three fairly close walls with the handbrake jammed on ten minutes before the place closed and just before a 200 mile drive to Gatwick for a much needed family holiday 😥

    (apologies for long sentences & sarcasm)

    banks
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    GXP BB’s.

    Premier Icon downshep
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    Topeak Defender front mudguard. Takes some skin off your fingertip when you remove it.

    Spent months working next to this monstrosity being built – still not sure what it’s meant to be…

    munkyboy
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    +1 dyson anything. Over designed and a bit silly

    Crank brothers, less time should be spent on the packaging and ‘design’

    That oversized mini, Vauxhall adam, Nissan juke all make me snigger when I see them

    Revit, if you use it you will know

    Premier Icon garage-dweller
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    I cannot believe no-one has nominated virtually every piece of UK cycling “infrastructure”.

    I declare me the winner, although the nomination of the op was a good effort.

    Premier Icon neil the wheel
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    There must be millions of these feckers in service and every last one of them dribbles tea all over the table. I mean, why??

    I mean, why??

    Do you perhaps mean, “Why do I go to places that use these things?”

    😉

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    The hard plastic packaging surrounding memory sticks and stuff.. supposed to be in store theif proof but needs industrial strength machinery to open without looking pints of blood after slicing fingers open.

    I usually fail to get my purchases after attacks with scissors, knives etc etc

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