The annals of history are full of inventions that changed the course of human civilization. From the creation of fire and agriculture to the lightbulb and iPhone, there are countless innovations that are as vital as they are enduring.

On the other hand, humans have also had their fair share of trial-and-error moments. Here are some of the most ridiculous inventions from history that were (thankfully) left in the past.

1. Anti-masturbation device

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Used by Catholics in 19th century France, the inventor of this device took a hands-off approach to his work.

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2. Nose and ear picks

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3. Flea traps

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4. Another flea trap

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5. A dance card to record the men whom a woman planned to dance with whenever she went to a ball

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6. A shaving stand

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7. A very metal toothpick

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8. A supremely fancy back-scratcher

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9. Whatever you want to call this hair

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10. Fancy chamber pots

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An artist’s rendering of the fanciest of chamber pots in fancy use.

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And here’s one with Napoleon’s head inside of it.

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11. A diamond-encrusted posy holder

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12. A buttonhook

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13. A mustache cup, designed to keep drinks out yo’ ‘stache

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Some of these aren’t so bad — no one wants to get stuff in their mustache! Still, we can’t help but feel glad the chamber pot is a thing of the past…

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