16 World-Changing Ideas (That Were Total Flops)

Mankind has always been inventive -- it's the reason why we no longer have to run away from gigantic jungle cats when we poop anymore. But for as far as we've gotten, we've kind of missed the mark by shunning some great ideas during our existence.

So here is our tribute to innovative technologies we could've had, if not for all the dumb, sneering philistines of the human race.

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Source: Air & Space

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AMP'D Trrbine MOBILE Hendensatot MORONOL Amp'd invented the first entertainment phone years before Apple. And they were SO keen to get subscribers tha

Source: LA Times

14

DANCE rbie POWER hendensatot DANCE SAVE To THE CRACKEDCO A decade ago, a club debuted a floor with piezoelectric cells. Dancers stamped enough electri

Source: ABC News

13

THE Trrbine Turbine n2 CAPSULA biiolabues CRACKEDG Italdesign debuted this modular car, whose cabin could be swapped out to make a totally different k

Source: Autoweek

12

INSULIN rbie INHALERS Inhaler EXUBERA CRACKED COM It took eleven years for Pfizer do develop Exubera, and only one year for it to bomb. You'd think pe

Source: Nature

11

DAT TAPES Hendensatot OLDK HIGH DAT DENSITY RECORDING TNALYM O TOK aue Bemnrd RECORDING OENSITY HIGH 120 DA-R 68 TDK CRACKEDCON DAT tapes were suppose

Source: LA Times

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THE V8-6-4 ENGINE endensator OIo: CRACKEDCO This 1981 engine from Cadillac swapped between using four or six cylinders, to save fuel. Or it would have

Source: NY Times

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DOME rbie HOMES Hendensatot CRACKED C In the '60s, architects thought dome homes would catch on because they would totally shrug off damage from hurri

Source: Baltimore Sun

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PROJECT rbine ORION Hendensatot Srutes Uribeo In the '50s, NASA was planning to build rockets powered by nuclear explosions. An atom bomb ship could s

Source: NASA

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RADIO FAX Hendensato CRACKEDC Back in the '30s, companies sent newspapers into people's homes wirelessly, using radio and fax machines. Instant news b

Source: Smithsonian

6

CINERAMA Hendensator Decades before Imax, we had Cinerama, offering the full range of peripheral vision to audiences. Only problem: It took three proj

Source: NY Times

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PAY BY rbie TOUCH Hondensatot parer DAY TOUCH Tsu CRACKED COM This company used biometrics for payments back in 2002. But the CEO was caught in a bunc

Source: Bloomberg

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THE TUCKER 48 hendinsatot This 1948 car was ahead of its time, with independent suspension, disc brakes, safety glass, and more. Then came the SEC (ti

Source: Bloomberg

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DOLLAR rbine COINS Hendensatot CRACKEDcO In 2007, the US government thought dollar coins would replace bills, saving the mint $4.4 billion over the ne

Source: NPR

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THE rbine Turbine n2 PREMIER Hendensatot ai CRACKED COM RJ Reynolds spent $325 million to develop this smokeless cigarette to counter secondhand smoke

Source: LA Times

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WRIST rbie TWISTS Hendensatot We don't actually know why buyers didn't go for this new steering system that Ford debuted in 1965. It saved space, bloc

Source: Popular Mechanics

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