Wacky Inventions That Never Stood A Chance

Wacky Inventions That Never Stood A Chance

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The world is full of dreamers and innovators. Walt Disney once said: "If you can dream it, then you can do it." And dreamers of the 20th century did just that. Those who dared to dream big contributed to the acceleration of progress in the past 100 years. The 20th century saw more technological breakthroughs than in any other century. We were introduced to airplanes, television, the radio, and countless other important innovations that represented the limitless determination of mankind. With all the technological breakthroughs that took off however, there were quite a few that never caught on with the modern society. Wacky attempts at revolutionizing the ways of life included a hat with a built-in radio, a motorized surfboard and wooden bathing suits. Take a look at these bizarre inventions and determine if you think they were either ahead of their time, or if they just plain sucked. Do you see a potential comeback with any of these? After all, retro is in!
 

1. The grandfather of rollerblades.

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2. The google glass may have been inspired by these goggles. If you don't like what you see, you could tune it out.

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3. No need to re-style your hair after this quick rinse. So lady, no need to pose with the shower head over your head.

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4. A bedridden pianist bangs one out in 1935. It sure looks precariously perched.

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5. What in the world? Flashbacks to a former pop-star dangling his "Blanket" out the window

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6. Strapping a radio to your pram (best known as a baby carriage), a 1921 invention, is best to soothe your baby to sleep. Because the doll that's bigger than the infant here is not going to help.

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7. The first life jacket took its cue from sausage links! Hey, they may look silly, but these weenies saved lives!

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8. What's more awesome than just playing the radio? Wearing one! Invented in 1931, this boater hat was fitted with a radio transmitter and a speaker so you could take your music with you.

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9. The French here are shown testing out a new safety feature in 1924. If a pedestrian was hit, you could conveniently scoop him up into the net to prevent running him over! C'est magnifique!

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10. When your husband's out, you could reflect and scratch.

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11. These boots are made for rollin'. Just don't light up a cigarette while motoring your way on foot. Otherwise, there'll be hot wheels.

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12. A human radar. This equipment from the 1940's was used to pick up enemy sounds. Not subtle enough to give you away at all.

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13. Wooden bathing costumes from 1929. I'm feeling splinters in unwelcome places just looking at this.

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14. The anti-bandit bag. The contents spill out and scatter all over the floor at the touch of a button to deter thieves. I was picturing a boxing glove to shoot out instead.

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15. "You hold him." "No, YOU hold him." This is the compromise. Just watch out for the street lamps, kid.

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16. When you don't have time to be bedridden, reduce that fever while running errands! And frighten the public while you're at it.

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17. 'Cause if all those gears are turning, you might as well use some of that man power for sewing!

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18. Introducing "Blizzard Cones." Not only do they protect you from mascara runs in the rain, you can peck the eyes out of troublesome men.

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19. Before GPS, there was a self-scrolling dashboard map from the 1932. It was wired to the vehicle and scrolled according to your speed. Just make sure you have the right scroll for your route!

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20. The motorized surfboard took you on your waterborne journey in style.

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