Inventions of yester-year that never took off (13 photos)

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  • Donkey Balls

    Oh no I didn’t. OH YES I DID! FIRST AGAIN!!! Eat it!

    • Anonmouse

      You know, for every person that posts, there is probably another hundred or so that only look at the pictures and move on without saying anything. Knowing that, simply opening your mouth first doesn’t really impress anyone.

      Now hurry along to school and learn something.

    • Dave

      Please do the world a favor and be the first to kill himself via wood chipper.

      • sock puppet

        “be the first to kill himself via wood chipper.”

        As much as I agree with your sentiment, I once read about a guy who did just this. To the OP, please be the 2nd to kill himself via wood chipper.

  • AlphaZulu

    What is #5? A floating device?

    • kmelb

      i think it’s sexy water gear from yesteryear, must be due to be back in fashion soon…

  • AnyoneForCoffee

    Bullet proof glass didn’t take off?

    Or maybe it’s a portable window in #13?

    • P-90

      ‘Portable window’ good idea, if you get hot you can open it.

  • bubble_rider86

    really….a suit made of dildos didnt make the cut….oh america, you are not the place i thought you to be……

  • Anonmouse

    What the hell is that in #3? Also, having a seat in front of a car is brilliant! I’m guessing that invention only lasted until that first car accident or a slam on the breaks.

    • jeff in Australia

      It was designed to “save” pedestrians from being run over, after you hit them.

      • Mudmonkey


  • bramer666

    we still have an ice skate such as the one in picture 7 at home. just bolt it on your shoe and you’re off

  • Mustafa_Beer

    #4 was the inspiration for Black Spy v. White Spy?
    And #10, the forerunner of the ATV

  • Matt M

    #1 looks alot like Mr. Garrison’s “IT” from South Park….

    • MichaelGS

      with decidedly better seating and control mechanisms

    • Anonymous

      #1 also looks like gyro-wheel vehicle in Steamboy

  • isawoj

    What on earth is #4?

    • top dog

      That is a trailor for a twenty ft long horse, or it will hold twenty horses, one ft each. Would you like to buy it?

      • Anonmouse

        You’re thinking of #3 top dog.. #4 is the clear cone face thing…and I have no freakin’ idea what it is either!

        • Leonardo

          No.4, aerodynamics ?, No.11, pedestrian safety?

  • spott

    I see Lady Gaga stealing 6 of these for the next awards show!

  • bigdaddydrew

    #9 & #12 actually seem like cool ideas to me.

  • Brandon

    #12 is actually a really good idea. What’s #8 though?

  • kirby

    9 is in use. obviously different now from what you see, but its a mobile army bridge, not such a bad idea

  • Clickawat

    Yeah, that whole skiing thing never quite worked out…WTF ? Am i missing something in pic 2 ?

    • Mr Hollandia

      dude youre missing the fact he wears some kinda chute attached to his clothes so that he can float a little longer.

  • showtownman

    #7 & #13 both “took off”: You can still find strap-on ice skates in antique stores (ala #7), and #13 is a bullet-proof glass test.

  • IWantOne

    Could someone please post more material about #1? A Wiki article or a patent link? That thing is awesome!

  • TomAss

    #4. G-Force the early years

  • Lomi

    8 is getting ready for chemical warfare haha

    • jeff in Australia

      During the first (+ 2nd ) w. war the Germans used mustard and other gases.
      Every civilian in the larger cities and towns in England were issued a gas mask..
      So no, not getting ready for, ready for.

  • DrJSD

    #12 hasn’t really taken off because most Chivers aren’t silver topped gas bag who can’t be bothered to sit up in bed.

    As a side note, I’m pretty sure Jack Nicholson wears them in that death comedy The Bucket List.

  • Irwin109

    So many useful things, no wonder we’ve run out of ideas nowadays!

  • MrVister

    My grandfather had #12. He had arthritis and back problems and couldn't tilt his head so these were good for reading or laying in bed and watching the TV.

  • psycho_freak

    #4 wtf is dat???

  • DocTomoe

    So, The tube on hair thing are well-known as “Haartrockenhaube” in Germany today, and Picture #13 shows bulletproof glass, which clearly “took off”.

  • Fogerty

    #3 is a trailer where you can slide out front and rear for more space?

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