Random Ephemera

Fiat's Espresso Maker in the Car & Five Other Really Bad Ideas

Have you ever been driving 70 miles an hour through the rolling hills of Highway 290 and thought to yourself, "You know what I desperately need right now at this second? An espresso!" But when you have this thought, it's not a drive-through Starbucks that you have on the brain, it's the home-brewed kind. And when you're thinking home, you really mean car. If you didn't follow any of that, that is okay; the entire concept is nonsensical.

This week Fiat announced that its new 500L would feature an espresso machine, stating that it would be "the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine." What was the first standard-production car in the world to offer a fake espresso coffee machine?

Just when you thought driving couldn't get any more dangerous and distracting, let's add insult to injury by giving folks the option of brewing coffee while behind the wheel. Lavazza, an Italian coffee chain, is building the machine and it will use coffee pods, which have grown in popularity over the past year. You can argue that using those coffee pods is a simple one-handed job, but that hand should probably be on your steering wheel and/or finding a good channel on the radio/calling your mom/finding directions on your phone/putting on your makeup.

Apparently the espresso machine won't make it to the U.S. version of the 500 due to apprehension over driver safety. I give kudos to the United States for understanding what a horribly bad idea this is. No one needs an espresso machine in his or her car.

Like so many of the worst ideas that are conceived, in theory they are good ideas, but they should call it quits in the novelty stage. There are many bad ideas that have gotten the green light over the years; here are our top five.

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Abby Koenig
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