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The web is a breeding ground for quirky and odd products, and 2009 popped 'em out like Octomom. Whether born online or off, the following IRL products are some of the most viral we saw this year.

And the nominees for the Web's Best Buy in 2009 are ...


buckyballs

Buckyballs

Addictive Rare Earth Magnets


Internet wunderkind (and friend to Urlesque) Jake Bronstein took shiny little magnetic balls, put them in a jar, and started peddling them online under the name Buckyballs. The idea may sound silly, but trust us when we say that they are hypnotic and you will not put them down. As this is Bronstein's creation, you can be sure that the guy also behind Zoomdoggle threw together a hilarious "infomercial" for the balls, too.


Goatee Saver

Facial Hair Art?


Essentially a piece of plastic meant to cover the upper lip and chin while one shaves around it, the Goatee Saver proved that even super d-bags know how to get to the bottom of Stupid Products That Start Flame Wars Online. The Internet's for everyone!


hamburger bed

Hamburger Bed

Sleep Amongst a Sesame Seed Bun


With the Hamburger Bed, falling asleep in your food was never so much fun! Peddled on eBay, we were nothing but giddy to witness this resting place shaped exactly like ... well, a giant burger.


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The Snuggie

How Did We Relax in Style Without It?


A blanket with sleeves in the front? Who would have ever imagined such a thing could become the new Pet Rock, a cultural phenomenon half-steeped in irony and stupidity? Love it or hate it, the Snuggie is here to stay, and it created a tidal wave on the Internet in 2009.


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Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt

"Has wolves on it, attracts women"


If a black T-shirt featuring the heads of three animated wolves howling at the distant moon isn't reviewed on Amazon.com, is it ever really there? Probably, although the Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt gained notoriety after a particularly hilarious review inadvertently catapulted the garment to the top of Amazon's apparel list for three months straight, inspired a long trail of wonderful parodies, and was even mentioned on "The Office."



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