37 Ridiculous Ideas That Actually Worked (and Great Ones That Bombed)

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37 Ridiculous Ideas That Actually Worked (and Great Ones That Bombed)

Sometimes the best ideas turn out horrible, and the worst ideas become cultural phenomena. The lesson here: Stop thinking altogether.

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BENGAL TIGERS KEEP SNEAKING UP ON PEOPLE IN THE GANGES DELTA. ? So THEY WEAR MASKS ON THE BACKS OF THEIR HEADS. Tiger attacks got so bad that 60 villagers a year were e being ambushed by tigers as they went about their jungle-related activities. Then somebody noticed that tigers don't attack people who are facing them. CRACKED COM http //www nytimes com/1989/09/05/science/face-masks-foo-the-bengal-tigers.html

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PSORIASIS SUFFERERS HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY TO TREAT THEIR SKIN. THEY LET FLESH-EATING FISH CHEW ON THEM. A spa in Turkey offers visitors the opportunity to sit in a warm tank full of doctor fish, a minnow-like species that likes to munch on dead skin. The treatments cost around 3 grand and last 18 months. CRACKED.COM http://news.bbc.co uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/7741594.stm

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MR. ROGERS NEEDED FUNDING FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION. What do you do with the mad that you feel? When you feel so mad you could bite. When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong, and nothing you do seems very right. So НЕ RECITED A SONG TO THE SENATE. It was 1969, and Nixon had proposed cutting the PBS budget in half. Mr. Rogers calmly sat down at the senate hearing, talked about his show, and recited the lyrics to one of his songs. In 1971, Congress raised PBS's budget from $9 million to $22 million. CRACKED.COM https://www. outube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

DR. JULIUS WAGNER- JAUREGG WON A NOBEL PRIZE FOR HIS CURE FOR SYPHILIS. Malaria: HE'D TREAT IT BY GIVING THE PATIENT MALARIA. It's called fever therapy. The high body temperature caused by the malaria would kill the syphilis, and then once it was gone, the doctor would administer the antidote for malaria. Done! CRACKED.COM http://www. ncbi.nlm nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC3670443/

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A DOCTOR HAD A PATIENT WHO WAS HICCUPPING AT A RATE OF 30 PER MINUTE FOR 72 HOURS. НЕ FINALLY CURED THEM BY MASSAGING THE MAN'S BUTTHOLE. S No, seriously. Hiccups are closely connected with the vagus nerve, which runs all the way from your brain to your diaphragm m and finally, near the rectum. CRACKED COM http://www.abc.net au/science/articles/2012/09/04/3582324.htm

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SIXTH CENTURY DOCTORS NEEDED A WAY TO SUTURE WOUNDS. So THEY USED DRIVER ANTS. An ancient medical document called the Sushruta Samhita documents this practice, which is still in use today in some parts of the world. The trick is to get the surgery ants angry enough to bite you, and then twist off their bodies once they've latched on. CRACKED.COM http://ewma

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CRACKED ROBERT STROUD IDENTIFIED A CURE FOR SEPTICEMIA. The Birdman of Alcatraz became a renowned ornithologist behind bars, and his work with birds eventually led him to a cure for the deadly disease. Не was also so violent that he spent most of his 54-year sentence in solitary. We contain multitudes.

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CRACKED ANDRÉ WEIL DEVELOPED THE WEIL CONJECTURES. France wasn't so big on conscientious objection in 1940, so Weil sat in a French prison for refusing to serve when he began working on a set of mathematical statements so influential that people have won awards just for proving them.

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CRACKED VINCENT VAN GOGH PAINTED STARRY NIGHT. After that whole ear-cutting thing, Van Gogh was confined to an asylum for a year. Не painted a bunch of stuff there, including those famous swirly stars.

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CRACKED MARCO POLO (SORT OF) WROTE HIS TRAVELS. Ol' Marky PoPo wasn't actually much of a writer. In fact, it wasn't until he met a real romance writer in prison that he decided to grant him the privilege of recording his road trips.

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CRACKED FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY BEGAN WRITING THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. After he was thrown in a Siberian labor camp for the vicious crime of reading, the great Russian word count stretcher began composing a prison literature classic.

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