Inventors and creators have been around since the dawn of time. From the first time anyone built a fire to the invention of a telephone that you could carry around when you’re away from home, inventions have been instrumental in making our lives easier.
But as much as technology seems to be hurtling our lives into an episode of The Jetsons, several documented inventions that could have revolutionized our world never saw the light of day. Here are the 10 most life-altering inventions that you will likely never see (and the conspiracies behind their suppressions)
There is certainly something to be said about the ability to make it rain on command. Wilhelm Reich, a scientist who noticed a drought that was impacting the blueberry harvest in his state of Maine, created an invention that has since been dubbed “the Cloudbuster.”
Sound a little too much like science fiction? According to the Bangor Daily News, which was covering the first attempt with this machine, there was no forecast for any rain in the vicinity. Within hours of Reich setting up and running the machine, storm clouds formed and brought about 0.64 centimeters (0.25 in) of rain.
It seems as though Reich’s technology threatened some institution within the government as his research was shut down and his work and prototypes were seized. There was never a second testing of the Cloudbuster machine. But if it had been developed, food shortages might cease to exist around the world.