gold/wood pickaxe because you get barely any uses plus they become useless later
I think that gold and wood pickaxes are very useful for when you are just starting your world. So when you have full Diamond remember that you could not have gotten rare items without using those starter items
Bats. I know they aren't an item but I hate them and they serve no purpose. Also dead bushes. Man, I don't even like the desert period personally so I would say everything in there except for sand and cactus.
A lot of people mention the dead bush, or dead shrub as it was originally called. I actually like that item, I think they can make pretty good decorational items, they look cool in pots as well. Always liked them since they were added lol, guess that's just me
Why Silk Touch and not Bane of Arthropods, which is only better (at level V) than Sharpness on regular spiders, which don't do much damage; Sharpness V one-hits cave spiders and silverfish (critical hits for regular spiders)? Or Thorns, which doesn't do a lot of damage (and not all the time) and wears out your armor faster (for armor, Unbreaking is also useless, but should be used on everything else).
For one example of how Silk Touch is useful, even with Fortune III you can't get back 100% of the glowstone you mine and glowstone is relatively hard/risky to obtain. Or what if you wanted to use an Ender Chest for extra inventory space? Only a Silk Touch pickaxe can mine it without destroying it (only gives you obsidian). Or what about that diamond ore you found, but don't have Fortune III yet?
Also, I agree that a durability bar for anvils would be better than having three different anvils, which even appear as such in the Creative inventory, but stacking would have to be completely disabled (do you really need more than one anyway? I just replace it when it breaks). Having a fixed durability would also avoid the case where an anvil breaks in a few uses (I had one become very damaged in two uses before, although it lasted for many more afterwards), although on average you should get 24 uses.
Fireworks <--- It's so pointless no one in this thread even mentioned it because it's so useless.
Seriously do half the people playing even know they exist?
My fiance made me a huge heart in our courtyard and hooked up a dispenser with a daylight sensor so at night fireworks would go off. I may be crazy but because of that and that alone I love the little silly things.
How can you say silk touch is useless? You can get stone back instead of getting cobble then smelting it. You can get cobwebs, grass blocks, ores. Who doesn't want some diamond and emerald ores sitting around? ; D
Sponges serve no purpose and look like a big pile of barf. If only Jeb made them actually useful again...
Also, gold tools and armor. They break easily and they mine stuff VERY slowly. Though skeletons in gold armor look funny.
Lilypads too, they make traveling through the swamp by boat a pain
*cough cough* sugar cane farm *cough*
I say what bats drop. Nothing. Everything in Minecraft has some sort of use. Dead bushes are used as aesthetic in desert and mesa biomes, sponges can be used as corals and giraffes, gold tools have high enchantability and add realism to the game, the weighted pressure plate can be used to do... to be a... as a... wow I just proved myself wrong.