A scarecrow that talks keeps fruit-eating birds away from a berry farm near Portland. Ore. When the farmer discovered that his berry patches were furnishing free meals for large flocks of crows and robins, he rigged a loudspeaker up inside his scarecrow. The scheme worked successfully so far as bird pests were concerned, and he has never been troubled with them since fixing up the “talking” scarecrow. This contrivance, however, is said to have attracted many song birds to the vicinity.

The World’s Most Dangerous Job (Jun, 1936)

The World’s Most Dangerous Job

By Capt. John D. Craig

A TIGER won’t climb a tree.

I had been assured of that many times by native shikaris in the little-frequented jungles east of Nagpur in British India.

We were out there making moving pictures, had photographed many of the lesser game and were now concentrating our efforts on the tiger., I was sure a tiger wouldn’t climb a tree.

So I got one of the greatest shocks of my career, a jolt that nearly cost me my life, when a huge tiger did climb a tree, shook me off a limb and nearly pounced upon me as we fell to the ground together.

Pup Aids Pilot in Take-off (Mar, 1940)

Pup Aids Pilot in Take-off

“Slipstream,” the intelligent dog shown above, superintends his master’s take-offs from the Coast Guard air base at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City. At a signal from Lieut. Charles Tighe, he yanks away the wheel chocks for a take-off.

It’s a Dog’s Life, This Reducing (Jun, 1930)

It’s a Dog’s Life, This Reducing

DOWNTRODDEN husbands who have been forced to take Fido for an airing in the park may now breathe a sigh of relief, for the treadmill pictured here will enable the family pet to get all the exercise he needs on the back porch or the front lawn, and if the weather gets too severe he may do his daily dozen in the kitchen.

BE INDEPENDENT! Own and Operate an “Indoor Poultry Farm” (Jan, 1937)

It’s kind of cool to see the Google ads on the side advertising pretty much the same product.

BE INDEPENDENT! Own and Operate an “Indoor Poultry Farm”

One man, formerly an accountant, is averaging $2,500 a year from his 1,000-bird “indoor poultry farm”, installed in a remodeled commercial garage. Milton H. Arndt started this man and many others on the road to success.

Mr. Arndt, pioneer of the “indoor poultry farm” movement, and internationally known poultry specialist, has written a richly illustrated 160-page book entitled “A New Road to Independence”

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board (Jun, 1936)

This is even more insane then the auto-kennels we’ve covered before. I really hope the reason that this is a drawing is that no one would actually strap their dog to the side of their car.

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board
When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car.

Mounted Animals Mimic Humans (Feb, 1934)

Mounted Animals Mimic Humans

HUNTERS are using taxidermy more and more to preserve game specimens as mementos of enjoyable hunting trips. Mounted animals are being worked into useful articles for the home, such as table lamps, book ends, gun racks, and ash trays.

Interesting groups picturing animals at some humorous occupation are finding great popularity as store window exhibits as well as for the hunter’s den. Rabbits, squirrels, birds, and even frogs can be mounted and arranged to represent human activities such as shaving, hunting, smoking, or studying.

Crippled Dog Walks With Skates (Aug, 1930)

Crippled Dog Walks With Skates
WHEN “Lady Lou,” the Boston Bull pet of a lady in Kansas City, was hit by a speeding motor car and partially paralyzed, it was thought that she would have to spend the rest of her life as a sedentary-invalid. Her owner, however, brought her ingenuity into play and devised for her pet a wheel chair, as shown in the photo above. Two rubber tired ball bearing skates were built onto a truss made to fit the canine’s body and now, despite her handicap, “Lady Lou” is able to get around with surprising ease.


For some reason the idea of a tooth transplant creeps me out way more than a blood transfusion or even and organ transplant.


Dental scientists are working on a new boon to mankind—the transplantation of live teeth.


SQUINT for a moment into the crystal ball labeled “Dental Science’s Coming Attractions.” Here’s the image: Sorrowful-looking gent shuffles into dentist’s office, points miserably to aching molar, sits down and opens wi—ide.

Dentist gives him the needle, inserts forceps, yanks mightily. He throws away old tooth and goes to cabinet for new one. He selects nice, shiny molar from collection, plants it in patient’s mouth and sends him on his way.

About a month or so later, new tooth has established nerve, bone and blood vessel connections with jaw and happy patient has a live, serviceable chomper in his head to replace the one extracted.

Will the Egg Grow Up to Be a Hen or a Rooster? (Mar, 1922)

And if the chick is a hermaphrodite it turns into a perpetual motion machine!

Will the Egg Grow Up to Be a Hen or a Rooster?

WHETHER an egg is a potential rooster or an embryonic hen can be determined, it is claimed, by a “sexometer” which may prove to be of value in the poultry industry, for when the sex of eggs can be told, it will be possible to send most of the rooster eggs to market and retain the hen eggs for the upbuilding of the home flock.