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.

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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!


Crazy Ideas Everytime Congress gives themselves a raise, they have to raise the minimum wage by the same percentage

konag0603 , itkannan4u Report

Anika Mangelmann 3 weeks ago

Salary development of Bundestagsabgeordnete (like congressmen and women) is tied to general salary development in Germany.

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Crazy Ideas 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.

armageddon020 , Chris Carr Report

Shruti Naik 3 weeks ago

Yes. I support this fully.

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Crazy Ideas Siri and Alexia should only work if you say “please” and “thank you”. This could improve people’s manners to each other.

wandy24 , f0t0b0y Report

Daria B 3 weeks ago

Oooooh! I like this one! ♥

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Crazy Ideas 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.

Mutant_Llama1 , HTH Photography Report

LittleGrayMouse 3 weeks ago

Yes, natural selection will solve so many problems.

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Crazy Ideas A 'none of the above' option in elections. If that option wins, the election is reheald with all new candidates.

burndirt , freakingnews Report

Daniel Losinger 3 weeks ago

That wouldn't work. Nobody would ever get elected.

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Crazy Ideas 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.

Sylvester_Scott , Jasper Daniel Report

Sioux White 3 weeks ago

I went to the louvre at opening time and went the opposite way rather than dash to the mona Lisa we saw sooo much as every room till we were near Mona Lisa was empty of people

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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.

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Beth 3 weeks ago

I would totally watch that. It sounds brilliant. It would basically be a bunch of straight men trying to out-gay each other. I'd watch the opposite version as well.

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Crazy Ideas Make Stevie Wonder a judge on 'The Voice' so every audition is a true blind audition.

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Kristin Connon 3 weeks ago

This is a fabulous idea. He is an amazing musician, and couldn't care less what the person looks like.

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Crazy Ideas 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.

Sewer_Ice , istockphoto Report

Shruti Naik 3 weeks ago

This would be worth watching!

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Crazy Ideas A self-driving car made by Google that has an 'I'm feeling lucky' button that would take you to a random location.

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Neeraj Jha 3 weeks ago

That sounds like fun.

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