Hair clippers and a hairdryer were among items flagged in a BBC investigation on Wednesday 3 February. They are still available on Wish’s site and app. Other dangerous items included a scooter charger with an illegal clover-shaped plug, an extension lead that can cause electric shock, and a travel adaptor lacking safety shutters, leaving internal live components exposed.
But as dangerous as these items are, Wish has made a name for itself as one of the largest ecommerce marketplaces in the world not only for its products’ dodgy health and safety guidelines but also because users can literally find anything they’re looking for on there. To prove just how wide Wish’s product range is, here are some of the weirdest items you can purchase on the app.
First one on the list is an interesting one to say the least—I’m unsure of who came up with the concept, but this peculiar oversized nose-shaped gel soap dispenser is probably what Salvador Dalí’s wildest dreams were made of. In other words, it’s a big no-no from me.
Sold on the website under the name ‘Funny Nose Shower Gel Soap Dispenser Interesting things’ and for the price of £7 (only? That’s a bargain if you ask me), this item dispenses shower gel out of its right nostril, making it look like—you guessed it—nose boogers.
This little plastic ball filled with, yes, nothing but void is, according to its packaging, the “ultimate in minimalism.” Probably bought as a joke by pranksters who’ve heard their friends say they ‘already have everything they need’ too many times, this £2 present is not only weird and not that funny, but also wasteful for no good reason. No, thanks.
Okay, first of all, who even is a fan of Nicolas Cage anymore? Are any of them still out there? Secondly, what’s up with Wish and its obsession with the man? From this creepy reversible sequin pillowcase to full tracksuits with his face printed all over, you can find way too much Cage merchandise on this app for my taste. Again, no, thanks.
Wish has a pretty strange t-shirt for sale, one that depicts the iconic under-the-rain embrace from The Notebook, only this one has the faces of Trump and Kim Jong-un photoshopped on it. This one hits the mark for being spot on when it comes to summing up 2020. Wouldn’t spend £8 for this piece of crap though.
Okay, this little enamel pin made to look exactly like your usual MacDonald’s box of 6 chicken nuggets is slightly strange, but it’s a yes from me! I can easily imagine TikTok’s trendiest kids wearing these on the lapel of the leather perfecto in no time. For £2, why not?
Simply scrolling past this gem made me gag a little. For £3, the ‘Nail Ingrown Toenail Care Tool Professional Fixer Recover Correction Device Protector Tool Pedicure Foot Acronyx Onyxis’ guarantees potential buyers that it will fix their own ingrown toenail worries. How? I would explain but I truly worry I will get sick while doing so… See for yourself in the lovely picture above.
As you might notice, only one person on Wish decided to purchase this monstrosity, and yet, they gave it 5 stars! Would you look at that…
Remember those furry pom poms everyone had at one point attached either to their bag’s handle or showcased on top of their beanie? The ones made of real fur came from Charlotte Simone while the cheaper looking ones were sold in every colour imaginable in Topshop. Ah, those were the days!
Here’s Wish take on those: some spine-chilling, half baby, half pom pom looking accessories. And the babies themselves are wearing beanies adorned with a pom pom, Inception-style. If you’re looking to have a laugh, just go through the item’s reviews, you won’t be disappointed—people love them!
Look at those! Need I say more?
This pack of cards is made up of cards sized 20 by 28 centimetres. Don’t ask why, but reviews are praising their purchase as a “super fun party trick.” How lame, honestly.
Let’s be honest, had I been high and scrolling through Wish’s weirdest items, I would have probably spent the £4 required for this mini saxophone smoking pipe. Does it really work? Most definitely not! Bonus: it comes with a set of filter screens. I’m obsessed!
Don’t let 2020 put you off feeling the usual lust for life for the new year, it still is a new year after all. New years don’t really mean more than simply ticking another day off a calendar, but some of us need an extra push to remind ourselves that goals are there to be reached. We like the idea of a fresh plate—so sue us!. Whatever way you look at a new year, it’s a holiday nonetheless. Here are some of the weirdest traditions that take place around the world to reign in the ‘next chapter’.
In some parts of Italy such as Naples (or Napoli), Italians really take the ‘new year new me’ approach very seriously. Following the motto of ‘out with the old’ to the letter, the tradition is to throw away old or unwanted furniture from balconies to symbolise a fresh start for the year ahead. A word of caution: let’s hope the locals stick to smaller, lighter objects.
Scotland has the tradition of something called a first-footing (‘quaaltagh’ or ‘qualtagh’), which stands for the luck of the first foot (person) that crosses the threshold of a household after midnight on New Year’s Eve. In many areas, the first foot should bring a symbolic gift such as coal, coins or whisky. Generally, the tradition requires the first-foot to be a tall dark-haired male who is not already in the house when midnight strikes. Wouldn’t object to a tall dark-haired man walking through my front door, that’s for sure.
A carp is a fish, just to get that out there. People in Germany traditionally enjoy a meal of Silvesterkarpfen, translated in english as ‘New Year’s carp’. The fish can be cooked in any preference; steamed, fried or smoked, you get the gist. The carp fish is quite expensive and hard to find, and because of this it has become a superstitious tradition to pluck a scale from the fish and keep it in your wallet for the entire year, with the hopes of it bringing abundance and money. Stanky, if you ask me.
In the Philippines, the new year is all about the money, honey. With, like the Germans, hopes to bring prosperity and wealth for the year to come, Filipinos believe that by surrounding themselves with round things (derived from the shape of coins), they will entice more money into their lives! Expect a lot of polka dot clothing, actual coins and whichever round things you can think of to be dotted about.
With a less round context in mind, Japanese new year (or ‘Oshogatsu’) is welcomed at midnight with 108 bells being rung in Buddhist Temples all over Japan to banish the 108 worldly desires that all humans have. The bells (called ‘Joya no Kane’) that are rung are believed to cleanse humans of their sins from the previous year. The final 108th strike carries the meaning of letting go of those worries being thought of in the 107 bells prior. What’s that saying, the truth always rings through? Anyway, I wish them well, and possibly some ear muffs.
In Latin American countries, especially Mexico, Bolivia and Brazil, your year ahead is determined by the colour of your undergarments. Among a few of the colour codes are red, which will bring love, yellow for wealth and white for peace. What will you desire? I personally want it all, does it still count if I layer up?
Scarecrows built to resemble people, like pop stars, politicians or other notable figures are bonfired up at midnight of New Year’s Eve in Ecuador. They are stuffed with newspaper or sawdust and adorned with a mask, and hold a symbolic cleansing from any ill-fortune that has happened in the previous year. This tradition, called ‘año viejo’ (old year) can hold extra cleansing credit for those that jump the flames that their scarecrows burn in 12 times, representing each month of the year.
The Danes see the tradition of smashing plates against the doors of neighbours to wish them good luck for the next year, as well as friends and family. Love someone? Hurl a plate at their home entrances as hard as you can! Makes sense, right? All year round, unused plates are saved for the 31 December, and it is believed that the bigger the pile of broken plates, the more friends and good luck they’ll have in the coming year. All I’m thinking about is the people that live in the suburbs, poor souls might not have a neighbour for miles!
Eat 12 grapes (‘Las doce uvas de la suerte’ or the twelve grapes of luck) at every strike starting 12 seconds before midnight, and you will be lucky and prosperous for the whole of the year to come—if you finish them in time, that is. The taste of the grape, sweet or sour, also determines the prosperity to come. Sounds easy enough, but I can assure you that it is absolutely not. You can wish a romantic New Year’s Eve snog goodbye too. I’m talking drool, everywhere.
In Finland, New Year’s Eve also takes part in fortune telling. It is tradition to be given a small piece of tin that is shaped like a horseshoe (the symbol of good luck in many places of the world). The miniature horseshoe is then melted to liquid and quickly tossed into a bucket of cold water, which immediately hardens it into a more or less irregular shape as you can imagine, but the shapes are then examined and interpreted to predict the events to come in the next year. If the cast breaks down to pieces, well… I don’t need to tell you what that means.
Whatever you’re doing for this new year, which is bound to be a contrast to what we have known the event to be in the past, why not try one or two out for the sake of it?