#1. Life was simpler back in the day, with kids allowed to chew on their lead-coated pencils all day long.
#2. And inventions like this baby cage hundreds of feet high seemed like a great idea.
#3. In fact, they were pretty big on hanging babies off anything really, like their parents.
#4. Or between bikes. Look how much fun this little girl’s having!
#5. Or how about this home sun bed to tan while you sleep?
#6. This handy device will help anyone on their way to being a (literal) chain smoker.
#7. Who doesn’t want to wear a wooden bathing suit?
#8. The race to be airbourne lead to numerous lunatics attaching wings to themselves and leaping off cliffs.
#9. The more wings the better.
#11. This handy robot shaving assistant definitely isn’t a horrific accident waiting to happen.
#12. Someone decided it was time for “auto polo” to become America’s national sport.
#13. And in 1958, Ford completely lost it and invented this atomic car.
#14. This girl had a cuddly pet cheetah.
#15. Safe driving came second to fresh coffee.
#16. This lady could read your mind with her trendy hat.
#17. And hitchhikers had this super safe way to travel.
#18. Going to the salon looked like a scene out of The Matrix.
#19. And this lady had an exciting Thanksgiving using her infra-red turkey cooker.
#20. Nothing to see here, just a toddler smoking a cigar in the yard.
#21. Then there’s this totally practical 10-person bicycle.
#22. The future of fire safety came in the form of asbestos suits.
#23. And this guy found a clever way to make his bike go REALLY fast.
We’re glad these bizarre ideas and inventions are safely in the history books and not in the real world.