As boys throw stones from slingshots whirled around their heads, so a rotating catapult just patented will enable aircraft to take off from restricted areas, like the roofs of buildings. To a vertical pole that rotates at high speed is attached a long lever. This is pivoted to the pole at its top, while a [...]
Cecil H. Dill, of Traverse Coty, Michigan, an aspiring radio artist demonstrating his ability to render popular melodies by pressing his hands together. Dill modestly tells how he discovered his unusual talent.
There is no longer any need to pity the “poor fish” because today there are fish with calling cards, fish doctors, surgeons, and dietitians, water-conditioned buses for fish, trout engineers and architects, fish elevators, modern rest rooms or pools for trout and home-coming days for wandering salmon. There are a few of the piscatorial wonders [...]
From John Wilson Croker’s 1853 manuscript, The History of the Guillotine: The Guillotine was not originally designed with any view to what turned out to be its most important characteristic – the great numbers of victims that it could dispose of in a short space of time: it is curious, and ought to be to [...]
Filmed in the United States in 1932, this incredible footage shows the sheer skill of handicapped golfer Tom McAuliffe. By placing the golf club in between his neck, shoulders and face, he is able to drive the ball 150 yards down the fairway despite not having any arms. For more information on Tom McAuliffe, check out [...]
If you love a man so badly that it hurts, and you know you’re only a counterfeit like me, should you take what the gods offer, or should you leave him for some other girl who could give him children with real blood instead of the counterfeit thing? That was Peggy’s problem. Image credit/Copy credit.
Intended for wear by the fisherman or hunter, a buoyant sweater that will keep the wearer afloat in water for several hours now is on the market. It is like the ordinary garment except for the rubber-tubing units down the front, which are filled with a material much more buoyant than cork. These units can [...]
Printed on verso: “By way of acknowledgement, the Shell Oil Company of Canada, Limited, wishes to thank the following institutions for making their facilities available for the research work necessary to complete these stories: The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago; The Public Library of New York City; The [...]
To aid amateurs in developing a mechanically perfect swing, a golfing robot has been constructed which displays the technique of the professional with the additional advantage that it does not tire or become impatient, regardless of the number of times the operation is repeated. It consists of an iron framework with metal arms which grasp [...]
By reflecting beams of light through a mile-long pipe line from which the air has been practically exhausted, Dr. Albert A. Michelson, famous physicist, is making further checks and measurements of the speed of light. His previous research has shown that light’s velocity is in excess of 186,000 miles per second, but with the improved [...]
Features of an amphibian, a dirigible, a gyrocopter and an ordinary airplane are incorporated in a flying machine designed by Guido Fallei, originator of an aerial torpedo which was ready for production just as the World War closed. The craft has a single wing, a rotating disk-shaped affair filled with gas or hot air. It [...]
Asthma is being successfully treated in Berlin with a mask, similar in appearance to the gas masks used by mine rescuers and others. The patients breath through tubes which are connected to cabinets in which the curative elements are produced. Image/Copy credit.
Springs for attachment to the soles and heels of shoes to relieve walking strain now are on the market. The attachment consists of a foot plate strapped to the shoe, the springs being fastened to this plate and to a sole and heel plate beneath it which comes in contact with the pavement. The spring [...]
To settle a wager, a Los Angeles man sent his small, chain-driven automobile over the hurdles recently with as much ease as his opponent took the barriers on a spirited jumper. Car and horse raced down a field side by side, the auto taking the leap over the barrier after running up a short platform [...]
A desire to keep a west-coast shipyard busy during the seven idle months of the year has resulted in the invention of an unusual boating novelty. It isn’t a boat. It isn’t an airplane. But it combines the thrill of both. The latest water thriller, the invention of Russell and Milton Robertson of Alameda, Calif., [...]
Moving around in the wind like huge weather vanes and thus constantly shifting position, the scarecrows shown in the drawing have been found highly effective, 21 of them being in use on my 700-acre farm. The body portion, resembling a man holding a gun, is cut from sheet metal, and is fastened to a length [...]