As long as there have been political campaigns, there have been campaign promises. They’re like the cloying perfume that politicians use to make themselves smell sweeter to voters. Most candidates stick with straightforward, tried-and-true promises. They’ll lower taxes, get tough on crime, shrink the size of government, create jobs, reduce the national debt, etc. It doesn’t matter if the promises are contradictory since they’re seldom delivered anyway. Once elected, a politician can always come up with an excuse to explain why a promise couldn’t be fulfilled. However, sometimes a candidate will defy the conventions of the genre and come up with a truly original, weird promise. For instance, in the US presidential campaign of 2016, Donald Trump has famously promised to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it. Whatever one may think of the idea, it deserves credit for being… different. And in the hands of some candidates, the weird promise is elevated to a kind of art form. The campaign season provides the setting in which the oddball views of these political outsiders can, for a brief while, gain a wider audience. So like artists they use politics as a canvas, painting a vision with their promises of an alternative, stranger world. Click through for some of the most memorable and weird campaign promises of the past 100 years.