We had no idea how easy it was to be extremely clever and really, really stupid at the same time -- until now.
Thanks to sites like There I Fixed It and other FAIL enthusiasts on the web, the Internet is full of pictures of ridiculous car hacks, FAILS or quick fixes gone wrong. When it comes to cars, it seems there's almost nothing that a little American ingenuity can't fix. Broken A/C? Just install a home window unit in your backseat. No driver's side mirror? That's nothing that a few Bandaids or an old CD can't fix. Want a truck or a van but you've only got a two-door sedan? Well, get ready to meet "Frankencar," your new best friend.
OK, so we don't suggest that you actually try anything in the slideshow below, but we do recommend that you click through all 39 so you don't make the same (unimaginable) mistakes. Just remember: duct tape can't fix everything, umbrellas have no place in vehicles and a 2x4 does not a bumper make. Vote for the funniest pictures below and click over to There I Fixed It to see more ridiculous FAILS.
Objects in mirror may be exactly as they appear.
No, this isn't MacGyver's car.
At least they went with a clear umbrella.
Finally, a new use for all those old CDs.
Someone's about to get the ride of their life (or the last ride of their life).
They could have at least used a black garbage bag.
Is there anything a Bandaid can't fix?
Let's hope it doesn't start hailing.
Forget "donut," this is a munchkin!
This happens <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/21/heat-wave-2012-funniest-ways-to-beat-the-heat_n_1615664.html" target="_hplink">way more than you might think</a>.
Well now that's just dangerous.
Sometimes you just need room for a little extra junk in the trunk.
Either that's his new window or he drove WAY too fast through a construction zone.
Really hoping those are for keeping people out, not IN.
Considering the way the rest of the car looks, a solid wood door isn't so bad.
What? This is the 2012 plywood edition.
A helpful reminder to spend less money on gas?
This should really confuse other drivers at night.
The reflectors on the side really add a nice touch.
There's no way this works.
Now this is just fun.
This year's prom is going to be WEIRD.
Would anyone even want to steal it at this point?
Business in the front, party in the back.
Defroster broken? No problem.
To be fair, it already looks like someone's been living in there.
Who really needs two doors, anyway?
We have no words for this.
The cops won't suspect a thing!
Just pop in your Windows 98 CD-Rom and you're good to go!
It's just for show.
OK, now you're just being cheap.
The more the merrier!
Where cleverness meets stupidity.
Now you can take comfort in two thin, wooden strips holding your door on at full speed.
This actually seems pretty functional compared to some of the other things we've seen.
Between the tape and the rope, this might actually... oh, never mind.
Great minds think alike?
We just don't know.