There’s Glory In Failure

Every now and then, a product flops so terribly that it becomes memorable for that very reason.

Take Colgate’s Beef Lasagna. Back in the 1980s, the toothpaste brand took a crack at selling TV dinner. It was a spectacular debacle. But little did that have to do with its taste and flavor. It’s difficult to eat a pasta meal prepared by a company that makes oral detergents. And Colgate had made the error of making its forte clear by putting its logo on the box.

Another doomed enterprise was BlāK, a coffee-flavored Cola-Cola, launched by the soda giant in 2006.

Take a look at more failed innovations.

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Laundry Setting: Hot, Cold Or “Curry”

Panasonic has launched a washing machine with settings aimed at the Indian consumer. The appliance has modes to remove stubborn curry stains and traces of hair oil, among others.

Only about 10 percent of homes in India have a washing machine, with most people still doing their laundry by hand.