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One of the reasons the modern world is so awesome is because of all of the great technology we have that makes our lives better. But what we don”t often consider are the inventions that didn”t quite cut it.

Some of these inventions are genius, some are stupid, and others are straight up useless. Even though they”re long-extinct, it”s still fun to look back and laugh…

1. An electronic map for your car

An electronic map for your car

The map would actually adjust according to the speed of your car.

2. A portable, collapsible bridge

A portable, collapsible bridge

As you can see, this thing could hold a ton of weight.

3. An interesting early form of the hair dryer

An interesting early form of the hair dryer

I”m not sure I”d want to put my head in that thing.

4. A contraption that helped teach your child to walk.

A contraption that helped teach your child to walk.

This thing is an accident waiting to happen.

5. A family bicycle

A family bicycle

Let”s put this in the “more dangerous than fun” category.

6. A fax machine for newspaper

A fax machine for newspaper

The pre-Internet form of instant news.

7. A radio hat

A radio hat

Seems like a rather delicate contraption to wear on your head. Plus, it totally limits your ability to give a hat tip.

8. A stretch RV

A stretch RV

Who were they trying to house and transport – a whole school district?

9. A gun equipped with a camera that takes images just before the trigger is pulled

A gun equipped with a camera that takes images just before the trigger is pulled

Smile! You”re on morbid camera.

10. A bicycle for both land and water

A bicycle for both land and water

There is NO way this would get you anywhere in the water…

11. A rain-friendly cigarette holder

A rain-friendly cigarette holder

Are soggy cigarettes really that big of a problem?

12. A double cigarette holder

A double cigarette holder

So nice, let”s try it twice!

13. Single-wheeled motorcycle

Single-wheeled motorcycle

“Let”s make motorcycles even more dangerous!” said the inventors.

14. A vehicle for any terrain

A vehicle for any terrain

This should definitely be in the backyard of every American.

15. Life preservers made of bicycle tires

Life preservers made of bicycle tires

These things look like they were nothing if not uncomfortable.

16. A piano for the bedridden

A piano for the bedridden

This is actually pretty awesome. I want one of these.

(via Imgur)

These are just the tip of the iceberg. They definitely make you appreciate how much time and work it”s taken us to get this far, and how many dumb ideas there were along the way.

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