I'm sitting on my bedroom floor, and across from me, at eye level, is a smallish purple bottle of Gain laundry detergent. It's an unobtrusive plastic bottle. I'm a fan of the color. It smells like lilacs and is a soothing sensation, the label tells me. And it is pissing me off.
It's such a small bottle. And it claims to wash 24 loads with its superly dense 2x concentrated formula.
That's fine, you know. And I'm being more than a little neurotic about it, but it's one of those completely ridiculous marketing ploys for things that no one really needs. True, smaller packaging takes up less space. And I'm sure they could pitch that as some sort of environmentally friendly thing. But, really? Is it doing that much good? Doubtful. But they trick you, the Gain, the Tide, the (insert other brand of laundry detergent as I've just exhausted my knowledge of them). They make you think that you need this 2x concentrated detergent for some reason or another. Couldn't resources be better used for other advancements in the world?
I feel the same about those damn Ritz crackers with super crazy grips so your dip doesn't fall off. If your crackers need side-rails for your eating experience you're either really drunk or really stupid. Either way, you probably don't need crackers with tasty toppings.
Is there anything that really bugs you for existing? Anything that so much effort has gone into that just totally and completely doesn't benefit the world.