History is awash with examples of incredible discoveries, inventions and innovations that we take for granted today, but were widely mocked as crazy when they first came to light. Maybe, just maybe, there is future genius hidden in some of these ideas, taken from the subreddit CrazyIdeas.
I mean, who thought that injecting people with a benign form of disease to immunize them was a good idea at first? Or putting wings on a tube and attempting to fly in it? Absolute madness!
What we have here is a list a crackpot ideas that nobody could ever take seriously. Or could they? Some are undoubtedly just stupid and funny, others are actually rather insightful. There is even the odd nugget of genius where you think “hey, that could actually work!”
Scroll down to check out the latest batch of crazy ideas from the internet’s hive mind, and don’t forget to vote for your favourites!
Make all the Anti-Vaxxers live together in one community, make them experience first hand what happens when you lose herd immunity.
Everytime Congress gives themselves a raise, they have to raise the minimum wage by the same percentage
Siri and Alexia should only work if you say “please” and “thank you”. This could improve people’s manners to each other.
Poaching is only illegal if you use a weapon. If you think you can take a rhino or a lion with your bare hands, go ahead.
A 'none of the above' option in elections. If that option wins, the election is reheald with all new candidates.
Put kindergardens, kennels and retirement homes in the same building
Make Stevie Wonder a judge on 'The Voice' so every audition is a true blind audition.
A reality TV show where billionaires try living on minimum wage for at least a month.
Mandatory training for police: They each visit another precinct as a prisoner, can't tell those cops the truth, they experience the other side of things. Other officers never know who's a cop or perp, and the experience will remind officers that we're all human.
Get all the one hit wonder bands together for a massive concert where they each only play their one song.
If someone is falsely convicted for rape, and later found not guilty and freed, the person who wrongfully testified against them should spend the same time in prison as the wrongfully convicted.
Allow children with stupidly-spelled common names (Errika, Stephfanie, Mahrsa, etc) to legally change their parents name to whatever they'd like when they turn 18.
Everyday, hang the Mona Lisa in a different part of the Louvre. That way people might take the time to look at the other paintings while they search for it.
Next time the United Airlines CEO has a restaurant reservation, allow him to take his seat, then shortly thereafter tell him he must give up his table for restaurant employees and take a later reservation as he has been involuntarily bumped. Film the fit he has and then call the police.
Make bathrooms pay to enter but you get your money back if you wash your hands.
Instead of showing women ultrasounds before they get an abortion, show them video of children dying from polio, whooping cough, etc. before they decide not to vaccinate.
Since Donald Trump apparently has a serious problem distinguishing "fake" news from real news, The Onion should write a satire piece about how great he is and see if they can get him to retweet it.
Google should tell you if you're the first person to ever Google something.
Remove the drinking age, make it so that you have to graduate highschool to legally drink. Increase graduation rates all over the country.
Start a western themed bar, where the music stops randomly when the door opens, so that everyone can turn around and look at who entered and then go back to their drinks.
Pet stores should have an empty reptile cage labeled "chameleon" to see how long people will stand and look.
Companies such as Microsoft / Google / Facebook / LinkedIn / Apple / Netflix / Wikipedia / Twitter / etc. should throttle accounts belonging to politicians opposing Net Neutrality to 0.1KB/s for a month.
From tech standpoint - flag their accounts and move them to throttled infrastructure. This way they'll be calling the ISPs who are trying to push net neutrality aside complaining about speeds.
Write a book called How to Fix a Wonky Table. All the pages are blank, except for the first one that says: put this under one of the legs. It will have perforated pages they can be ripped out to fit any table.
Donate 1000 shirts with your face on it to your Goodwill and see how long it takes to see a person wearing one in public
A gym membership where you pay less money the more often you go.
A microwave that goes to YouTube and finds a video the exact length of the time you just typed in and plays it on the microwave door.
A movie where Tom Cruise, Terry Crews, and Penelope Cruz stop Ted Cruz from attacking a cruise ship with cruise missles.
A TV show called String Theory where every episode has the same beginning and slowly deviates in a unique way.
Give youtube comments % of video watched next to them
The US must have two Presidents at all times (one democrat, one republican). They share a bunk bed in the white house.
A reality show idea with gay men.
11 gay men and 1 straight man are locked in a house. The object for the gay men is to find out who isn't gay. Once a week someone gets outvoted, until 2 are left, or the straight man is out. If the gays manage to outvote him, they win 1 million dollars. If the straight man is among the 2 last people in the house in the end, he wins 1 million dollars.
Now here's the twist: None of the men are actually gay, they just all think they are the one straight man.
Google switches entirely to the metric system (searches, maps, everything) and the world unifies to that standard in under a year.
Make ten movies from the same script, but use ten different directors, cast and crew. Release them all on the same day.
An army of twitter bots that reply to every Trump tweet with 'shut up'
Buy 365 near-identical, solid color shirts that range through the entire color spectrum in a loop. It will appear as though you wear the same color shirt every day, but in photos from previous months you'll be wearing a completely different color.
If wiki needs money so badly they should shut down for a couple days and scare everyone into donating.
One T.V. show that is split into two shows, that air at the same-exact-time showing the perspectives of the "Bad Guy" and the "Good Guy" - but each show portrays their characters as "The Good Guy."
an app that keeps track of songs that you skip the most and suggest that you delete them at the end of every week.
A self-driving car made by Google that has an 'I'm feeling lucky' button that would take you to a random location.
Google's Self Driving Car should have an incognito mode where it tints all your windows.
A videogame which seems like a kiddy adventure game, as long as you follow the linear path the story has set you. The more you deviate from the main storyline path, the more unsettling, creepy, and horrific the game gets.
They should have a TV show called "Help, I'm Wasting My Life" where relatively smart, talented people who are doing nothing useful with their skills are given life makeovers and useful jobs.
Let's all google "Lesbians on a bicycle" just to confuse google trends.
Abolish Leap Day. Instead, every 1000 years have one year with 615 days.
Vatican City should have an untrained Olympic Team that rely solely on prayers to win.
Let's get a team of people in neon green morph suits to break into a news room an harass the weather man. No one at home will have any idea what's happening.
A remake of "127 Hours", but Dwayne Johnson plays the rock.
Start a band named Torrent and name your subsequent albums Seed, Leech, Kickass, Client, etc, and watch people struggle to pirate your music.
Bring back The Joy of Painting, with Terry Crews as the host.
Guinness World Records should create a record called "Person Who Spent The Most Money To Buy This World Record", and then let rich narcissists give them millions for the title.