Apps for the oddball

Eccentric downloads that serve a purpose 

You may have trouble explaining why you have some apps on your phone. But while the premise of some apps are, well, ridiculous, let me share some of my favourite apps ranging from the nonsensical to the surprisingly useful.  


Drizzy is a free keyboard you can install on your phone that allows you to directly quote parts of Drake songs in your texts or posts from your phone to your unwitting friends.

They're organized by emotion, with categories like 'hustle' and 'feels'. The quotes are all taken out of the context of their songs, and, when it’s too much to type out a response, do a better job.  

Hold the Button

All you do is hold down the button for as long as you possibly can. The world record for holding the button is currently six days, six hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Don’t ask me how or why.


This free app is the marketing brainchild of Charmin (yes, the toilet paper company) and is arguably the most useful listed here. It shows you where the closest public washrooms are and rates their cleanliness.

As the name suggests, it’s meant to tell you whether you are safe to actually sit down on the toilet seat in any given washroom. So far, 55,000 washrooms worldwide have been rated, mostly in North America.


DrunkMode is a free app that functions as a call/text blocker for specific contacts you don’t want to accidentally call when you’re less than sober. Once you turn it on, you can’t turn it off unless you are able to complete a sobriety test in the form of a math question you would theoretically only be able to solve with a degree of cohesive thought.

It also has a map feature that works with the locator app Find My Friends, so you can see where your friends are. It’s ‘breadcrumbs’ feature allows you to track their movement in real time and look back at their path, as well as your own if you can’t quite remember where you were last night.


Ever made a paper airplane out of sheer boredom? This app allows you to do just that, but on your phone. Once installed it interacts with your notification center, so when you get a text you can try to fly a virtual paper airplane through a course of simple obstacles instead of answering it. The best part? You’re able to procrastinate in this specifically-unproductive way for the price of only 99 cents.


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