You don’t need us to explain what’s crazy about former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra’s promise to make all businessmen wear clown suits during his 1979-80 mayoral bid in San Francisco. Flagrant violation of personal liberty aside, that’s just too much money for a city to spend on enforcing a dress code (however hilarious).

What’s even more crazy is that 3.5 percent of the city’s electorate voted for him despite (or perhaps because of) that zany plank in his platform. Other promises, such as legalizing squatting and making beat cops win a neighborhood vote of confidence to keep their job, were just realistic enough to work, although ultimately Dianne Feinstein won the race.