It makes me wonder if I might be better off with a thumb drive that’s incredibly tacky, one that stands out because it looks really stupid and impractical.
Fortunately, there are a lot of thumb drives like these, though not many of them hit 128 gigabytes. Here are just a few of my least favorites:
High-Concept Novelty USB Drives
- It’s Not Adjustable This pen drive is designed to look like an adjustable wrench, but you’re going to be greatly disappointed when you’re in a bind and need to tighten a nut.
- Checkmate For the chess fan in your crew, here’s a wooden king piece that features a 16-gig pen drive built in. The Russian government uses these devices to store the dirt they have on Garry Kasparov.
- Give ‘Em the Finger Remember when Wendy’s had to deal with the finger-in-the-chili incident? This literal thumb drive is a fun way to relive that memory—well minus the whole dipping-it-in-chili thing.
And if these ideas aren’t dumb enough, the message-in-a-bottle approach is an old standby.