But while many iPhone apps are useful, there are also a lot of bizarre apps in the iTunes Store. Every iPhone needs at least a few of these strange apps. I mean, all work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) pretty darn dull.
So here’s our list of the 46 most odd iPhone apps you can find. They fall into 6 categories: 1) Strange and Wonderful Facts, 2) Unusual Music, 3) Humor, 4) Noises and Odd Sounds, 5) Perfectly Useless, and (our personal favorite) 6) Complete Timewasters.
1) iPhone Apps: Strange and Wonderful Facts
Amazing Animal Facts ($.99): Discover curiosities from the animal and insect worlds.
Bizarre Holidays ($.99): Every day can be a holiday, if you know where to look.
Facts (free): A random collection of surprising trivia.
Odd Diseases: Genetics ($.99): Learn more than you thought possible about genetic diseases.
Science Facts Pro ($.99): Thousands of scientific facts to entertain and amuse.
Stupid Laws the Facts! (free): Unbelievable laws from around the country and around the world.
2) iPhone Apps: Unusual Music
Bongo Bongo ($.99): A pair of on-screen bongos that sound like the real things.
Buddha Machine ($3.99): It plays nine strange ambient sounds loops over and over.
iBone ($3.99): The only trombone you can keep in your pocket.
Kazoo (free): For those rare times when you don’t have a real kazoo with you.
More Cowbell ($.99): You say you gotta have more cowbell? Then download this app and tap away.
Ocarina ($.99): An enormous iPhone hit, it turns your phone into a simple wind instrument.
Pocket Trumpet ($.99): Tap the valves and pretend you’re in a real jazz band.
ShakeYa Tambourine ($.99): Play it by shaking your phone like a real tambourine.
Tingalin ($5.99): Play an eastern European lute.
3) iPhone Apps: Humor
iBeer Updated ($.99): Drink a virtual beer on your handheld.
iBug ($2.99): Let a bug skittle across your screen.
iDumb ($.99): Five mini-games that do nothing to improve your intelligence.
Zips ($.99): Put a photo of your choice behind an on-screen zipper.
Zits & Giggles ($.99): A game that challenges you to restore that not-so-great facial complexion.
4) iPhone Apps: Perfectly Useless
Bubble Snap (free): Pop virtual bubble wrap.
Cigar ($.99): Puff on a pretend cigar.
Eternal Flame ($.99): Not the Bangles song, but an on-screen flame that’s eternal until you turn the app off.
iSmoke ($.99): Virtual cigar too strong for you? Try this virtual pipe.
Martian Madness (free): Experience the old squeeze toy on your iPhone.
Mirror ($.99): This mirror looks a lot like a blank iPhone screen.
Nothing ($.99): Truth in advertising, this app is really nothing.
Snow (free): Let the snow fly on your iPhone screen.
That’s What She Said Pro ($.99): Punctuate your daily life with this irritating catch phrase.
Virtual Zippo Lighter (free): Maybe you can use it to light a friend’s virtual cigar.
Bouncy ($.99): A hand bounces around the screen looking for something to do.
5) iPhone Apps: Noises and Odd Sounds
Absolutely Annoying ($1.99): A collection of 12 terrible sounds.
Annoying (free): Sounds guaranteed to annoy those around you.
Annoying Sounds ($.99): A collection of 16 sounds that will put your teeth on edge.
i-Horn ($.99): Surprise people with your own air horn.
Pester ($.99): Play an assortment of shrill, high-frequency sounds.
Sound Grenade (free): You’ll blow out some eardrums with this headache-inducing noise.
6) iPhone Apps: Complete Timewasters
Big Mouth ($.99): Load friends’ pictures and make them say what you want them to say.
Face Changer ($1.99): Morph your photos simply by dragging a finger.
Lightsaber Unleashed (free): Swing your iPhone like a lightsaber.
Moo (free): Remember those old toys that a made a mooing cow noise?
The Moron Test ($.99): Test yourself and your friends to see if you’re complete idiots.
Pie in the Face ($.99): Throw a virtual pie at someone you have a photo of.
Portable Masks ($.99): Use your iPhone to make a pretend carnival mask.
Stereogram ($.99): Unfocus your eyes to see 3D pictures in these patterns.
Virtual Mouth Videos ($1.99): Place these on-screen mouths over your own to amuse your friends.