2009 Worst Inventions of the Year

hi my name is left osomon I'm a senior writer at time and I'm gonna talk to you about some of the worst inventions from 2009 every year we collect the best inventions but ever since we started doing that 10 years ago I've always wanted to the worst inventions this year we finally did it one of the worst inventions of this year comes out of Japan there's a company in Japan where every morning you get to work and they have special software and the software is used for analyzing their smile and it tells you whether your smile is cheerful enough and if you're not cheerful enough you have to smile wider 2009 will probably not be remembered as the year that the gas mask bra was invented but it was someone invented a bra that doubles as not one gas mask but two gas masks and the event that you're surprised by a gas attack when you're wearing a lingerie one of my least favorite inventions this year is something I'm calling the Jane Austen monster mashup novel began with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was a funny idea for about 30 seconds but it has been followed by a tidal wave of knockoff imitators and I think we've seen enough of them another one of our worst inventions this year comes out of England in England they've changed the way that standardized tests are graded apparently it was too much work for humans to actually read the essays and students wrote so instead they're having them graded by computers computers read the essays tell you if their writings any good and no human ever sees them I don't see how that could be a good idea the last of our worst invention is a 2009 fast-food with a garment known as the sleeve blanket or the Snuggie now Snuggies are not not a new invention for 2009 this was the year that we invented the Snuggie for dogs now as you can see the Snuggie for humans it's not a it's not a dignified look my question for you is who would do this to a dog who would do that this is Lev Grossman for time.com