The next time you're navigating through an orange barrel obstacle course on I-85, or simply stuck in a standstill on 77, consider your immediate surroundings. Are you sitting on a cushioned seat in a climate-controlled car during your commute? Do you have control of the radio? Can you sing to yourself at the top of your lungs without fear of embarrassment or dirty looks from anyone else? If you answered "yes," you're doing okay.
Throughout history, humans have tinkered with transportation. With wheels and wings as the foundations, we've seen many different ways of getting around come and go. Given past alternatives, such as the Zeppelin, dynasphere, and land yacht; I'll take planes, trains, and automobiles any day. Here's a look at what could have been: