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Flop Idols

Marija Andric

As rubbish ideas go, failed inventor Fritz Gall thought he'd scraped the bottom of the barrel when he dreamed up a museum dedicated to the flops and disasters created by other would be entrepreneurs. Now - thanks to an astonishing 400,000 GBP government grant - he and partner Friedl Umscheid have astonished themselves by becoming their own best ever inventions after opening the Museum of Nonsense in Herrn-baumgarten, Austria. The museum prides itself on utterly useless creations like the 'portable anonymyser' - a piece of black card on a stick so people who don't want to be in the public eye can black out their own eyes. Or there are the pencils for cautious civil servants with no lead, a padded rolling pin to meet even the toughest health and safety standards, a portable hole and a fully transportable hat stand. Other batty brainwaves include a bristleless toothbrush for people with no teeth, and a fits-anyone jumper with sleeves in various lengths. "We held our first fair for rubbish inventions and thought we'd get 20 or 30 visitors but more than 5,000 came and so we knew we were obviously onto something," explained Fritz. The museum will move to a new expanded home later this year so it can cope with the thousands of visitors who now flock to it every month. "We have government funding and some private backing and we hope the people out there like nonsense just as much as we do," added Fritz.




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