I really have no idea how I stumble upon things like this, but I’m captivated by this eBay auction in a way I haven’t been in a very long time. The model number absolutely nails it.

USB DESKTOP AQUARIUM MINI FISHTANK w/ RUNNING WATER + LIGHT + CLOCK [Model No: USB-FISHTANK]

And look at the features, taken right from the page:

  • USB Desktop Aquarium
  • Mini Fishtank
  • Running Water Circulator Pump
  • River Rocks + Artifical Plant
  • USB Power Connector
  • LCD Calendar Clock
  • Alarm Clock w/ Snooze
  • Multifunction Penholder
  • Multicolour Interior Light
  • Nature Sounds

This tickles me in the same way the Mug Boss did in 2006. I would never buy one of these, or accept one as a gift, but I can admire it as the clearly spectacular piece of abstract modern art that it is.