Friday, January 30, 2009


Half-Baked Inventions Fail Miserably

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Just because an invention or idea looks good on paper, doesn’t mean it’ll work.

Author Bill Fawcett has written It Looked Good On Paper: Bizarre Inventions, Design Disasters, And Engineering Follies (Harper), a book about the most flawed plans, half-baked ideas, and ridiculous machines that have failed spectacularly.

Fawcett says the most downright dumb endeavor is Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was built on an unstable, three- foot-deep foundation of nothing but clay and sand.

He says as soon as the Tower was built it began leaning, and the geniuses working on it just let it tilt at an angle until they finished.

The tourist attraction took 150 years to build incorrectly, and the unknown mastermind behind it never ’fessed up to his crooked creation.

Other disastrous inventions include The Hubble telescope – the nearly $3 billion machine that couldn’t see – a six-wheel car, and the Davey Crockett Atomic Bazooka, a weapon that fired atomic warheads at such a close range, Fawcett says it was like “throwing a hand grenade at your feet.”

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