Do you want to be a millionaire? It's easy! All you have to do is invent a great product and market the fuck out of it. Do you want to make a fast buck? Then all you have to do is make an absurd accessory for one of those great products, like these guys did!
Tired of normal iPod accessories that could connect to car radios, or make pretty flashing lights? Australian pet stores decided to make something new. Something innovative. Something ... alive.
For only $60, you too can own the iPond, an iPod speaker with a built-in aquarium that hosts a single Betta fish. It's about the size of ... well, about the size of an iPod, and the whole thing shakes the fish in time to the music. We are unable to confirm rumors that the same Australian pet stores started off selling bonsaiKitten accessories.
So what's the problem?
For some reason, the idea of trapping a fish in a chintzy aquarium the size of a deck of cards its whole life, then vibrating it with bad pop songs, has got animal rights activists up in arms. They argue that the tiny enclosure is 15 times too small for the fish, that it doesn't provide sufficient oxygen, and that the risk of suffering through hours of Good Charlotte's "music" is just too high.
Seriously, imagine being trapped in a tiny box, and some asshole makes the walls vibrate along to his music. It's like living the rest of your life in a college dorm room.