On Thursday, the company behind the nearly ubiquitous in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy. As the Wall Street Journal put it, the institution was simply a “victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight.”
For those who spent the majority of their early ’90s flights thumbing through the quarterly magazine, this is a tragedy. Like the mall staple Sharper Image, the catalog pushed the boundaries of absurdity in almost every category of domestic existence. Rather than attempt to fill the space of a practical retailer, the SkyMall catalog enticed you with overpriced items you never dreamed existed, items like hair-growing laser headsets or kitty litterboxes that resemble the Death Star.
They were all wildly expensive and impractical but all a tantalizing possibility when you were stuck on a delayed six-hour flight.
Below, we offer some of the more ingenious products the forlorn catalog brought us (some sourced from this wonderful Tumblr). Rest in peace, SkyMall, on your glorious and weird neck pillow in the sky.
1. Night Glow Toilet Seat: $50
So you don’t miss.
2. Litter Robots: $340 and up
Uses a patented sifting process that pushes your cat’s waste into a separate drawer, then fills the pan back up with clean litter.
3. Seabreacher Customized Boat: $85,000
It’s a boat that looks like a shark.
So you can surf Tinder and clean your butt.
5. Orbitwheels: $100
A lawsuit waiting to happen!
For those with less endowed backsides.
7. Single-Handed Barber: $60
Terrifying trimmer that supposedly cuts your hair evenly in every direction.
Pair with the Single-Handed Barber.
Meant to train your face muscles so your skin won’t wrinkle.
10. Sleep Neck Brace
"Sleep like a baby while sitting up."
11.The Human Slingshot
For people who are going places.
Points lasers at your skull to grow back your hair “within a few months.”
(Via Ruthless Reviews)
13. Wine Glass Holder Necklace: $25
I’m not ashamed to admit I want one.
14. Tugo Drink Holder
A cup holder designed to burn your ankle skin.
15. Large Super Skate Sail
16 Sit Fit Exercise Device
Move your feet on a track while sitting down in this modern-day torture device.
17. Wristband iPhone Holder
Who needs an Apple Watch?
18. Whatever the hell this is.