Social media is being flooded with a series of admittedly ‘dumb’, but nevertheless potentially life-changing ideas, after a Twitter user asked people to share their most stupid ideas that could help to make the world a better place.
Brooklyn-based journalist Bijan Stephen put out the call on Twitter for people to submit concepts, no matter how silly they initially seemed, that had the potential to change the world.
After all, revolutionary physicist Albert Einstein was considered stupid in his younger years – and it seems that these so-called dumb ideas might in fact be genius in their own way.
Bright sparks: Twitter users have come up with the seemingly dumb ideas that could truly change the world (stock image)
Not so dumb after all: Over 4,500 people weighed in with ideas that were often profoundly clever
As they say, sometimes tiny, stupid ideas lead to something amazing – and it turns out that thousands of people had incredible points hidden up their sleeves.
Many users raised issues relating to driving. Some of the most popular tweets included the notion of having a car horn that sounded as loud inside the car as it did outside, a car that wouldn’t turn if the driver did not signal, and more moves that would automatically result in a suspended license.
New York-based magazine editor Katherine Speller called for a car with a comical ‘I’m sorry’ sound effect for learner drivers and those who have yet to find confidence behind the wheel.
Of course, political protocol and politicians gave Twitter users a lot to talk about.
One member on the platform cited that all political candidates should be subject to mandatory tests to gauge their knowledge on policy matters.
Others made recommendations for issues like where taxes should go, while others insisted that enacting mandatory drug testing for all politicians would be a good move.
Conversation in the thread turned to Sweden and Norway – and how they have successfully implemented some schemes that are considered the ideal scenario.
Driver woes: Hilarious tweets showed what gets under drivers’ skin – and the changes they would make in an ideal world
The writer Collier Meyerson shared that Swedish people are reimbursed by the government if the public transport system is delayed by more than 20 minutes.
‘New rule: everywhere is Sweden,’ joked one of the responses to her tweet, as others bemoaned the fact that transport in most parts of the world is ‘never ever on time’.
The distribution of wealth also came up countless times in the lively thread.
A user suggested there should be a cap on anyone possessing over $100 million, in a glaringly obvious idea that she claimed is ‘too easy’.
Another offered that private golf courses should be re-zoned for low-income housing developments.
While those with a lot of money theoretically came under fire – some users had ideas that were more about how to improve quality of life as opposed to personal financial gain.
But the most well received idea? The fact that everyone should have to do a mandatory stint working in the service industry, in order to teach them humility.
Government: When it came to how countries are ran, a lot of people had ideas they wanted to get off their chest
Late: A writer pointed to the example of the Swedish government, who reimburse commuters if they have to take taxis due to late public transport
Environment: User Tanner Langley suggested this move to help reverse our impact on the world while another member had a suggestion for recycling water
Life hacks: Twitter users had their say on the ideas that would make the world a better place