1. Horsey Horseless

Year: 1899
Complex Says: Before the general formula of the automobile had been figured out, people had some pretty daft ideas. The worst of the bunch was the 1899 Horsey Horseless. Uriah Smith of Battle Creek, Mich.--a man who had no understanding of horses, automobiles, or much of anything--designed this idiotic contraption in order to calm horses. Because of the severed horse head filled with a foul smelling, volatile fuel, "the live horse would be thinking of another horse and before he could discover his error and see that he had been fooled, the strange carriage would be passed." At this point, we assume that Uriah would have exclaimed "sucker!" and taped a "World's Dumbest Horse" sign to the butt of said equine servant. History, however, has proved that the horse was indeed the smarter of the two.