Pioneer Seeing Eye Dog Is Preserved (Sep, 1940)

Pioneer Seeing Eye Dog Is Preserved

Almo, said to have been the first police dog brought to this country as a “seeing eye” for the blind, has been . preserved as in life for his master, Dr. W. A. Christensen, of Hollywood, Calif. When the animal died, John M. Schleisser, California naturalist, first measured him, both before and after the skin was removed. Next, he modeled Almo in clay, made a cast over the clay, and inside this cast molded a form of papier-mache. Then he fitted the skin, which had been tanned and mothproofed, over the form. Finally he returned the original jawbone and teeth to the mouth. Wearing his harness, as shown at right, Almo now looks as alive as when he trotted across Hollywood street intersections ahead of his master.

Comical Mouse Circus Brings in a Steady Income (Nov, 1933)

Comical Mouse Circus Brings in a Steady Income

Troupe of little mice cavorting about in this freak circus displayed in merchant’s windows will attract huge crowds of passers-by—and net one a neat profit.

HERE is a money-making idea that is worth at least five hundred dollars of any man’s money. It is a veritable gold mine for any man who has even the tiniest spark of mechanical ingenuity—and it has been thoroughly tested and proven as a cash-getter.

It’s a mouse circus, using trained mice which aren’t trained!

Its usefulness is in creating a window attraction for stores in all lines of business. Two days’ trial on merit will convince any of ’em.

Its cost is slightly over two dollars per circus, and each circus rents for a minimum of three dollars per week to merchants. Upkeep is practically nil.

Mine Detector Diagnoses Cows (Sep, 1950)

Mine Detector Diagnoses Cows
The man in the white coat above doesn’t think that Bossy has a Tellermine in her cud, but he is checking to see if she’s munched a nail, screw, or bit of barbed wire. Because cows sometimes eat metal objects that cause sickness, British vets use mine detectors along with their stethoscopes. Other uses for surplus detectors are to locate metal embedded in logs that might shatter saw blades, and to spot the hairpins that women workers tend to shed into food-package assembly lines.


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Dog Chariot for Kids (Jan, 1952)

Dog cart built with individual coil spring suspension and 20-in. bicycle wheels yields a soft ride. Its builder, Robert Fye of Seymour, Ind., used electric conduit for the frame and covered it with sheet aluminum.

Pet Shops Wrap Fish in Transparent Bags (May, 1939)

Pet Shops Wrap Fish in Transparent Bags
Customers of pet shops selling goldfish and various tropical species can watch their purchases swim around as they are carried to home aquariums in novel transparent bags just introduced. Made of waterproof, transparent cellulose material, in various sizes, the fish bags have reenforced handles for ease in carrying. When the

container has been partially filled with water, the fish are transferred to it from the store tank.

From Cats to Cataclysms (Apr, 1952)

From Cats to Cataclysms


By Lester David

THE owner of a private zoo in England recently offered a huge cash reward to anyone who brought him the legendary Loch Ness monster, dead or alive. But he isn’t worried about paying up if the elusive horror is ever hooked—he’s insured.

Last year a golfer had to pay $37 for a round of drinks in the clubhouse after making a hole-in-one. But it actually didn’t cost him a cent— he was insured.

Dozens of men in the U. S. who become the proud fathers of twins don’t wring their hands at the prospect of the added expense—they’re insured.

Electrocuting Whales and Machine Gunning Sea Lions (Nov, 1931)

BIRGER HOLM-HANSEN, a Norwegian engineer, has invented a device for the instantaneous electrocution of whales. It consists of a small but powerful generator which is carried in the whaleboat, and a flexible, insulated line conveying a current of high voltage to the harpoon. At the in-slant the harpoon hits the whale the current is thrown on and the electric charge shot into the monster.

How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear (Feb, 1940)

How To Gather Fleas from a Grizzly Bear

How to get fleas from a grizzly bear might puzzle a less resourceful man than Walt Sutter of Tacoma, Wash. From a radio program he learned that a wealthy Englishwoman was in the market for grizzly-bear fleas, to complete a collection taken from various wild animals. So he went to a zoo with a long-nozzled vacuum cleaner, and soon the coveted specimens were in the bag, ready for a purchaser.

Police Dog Rides Aquaplane Behind Speeding Power Boat (Dec, 1934)

Police Dog Rides Aquaplane Behind Speeding Power Boat

ONE of the sensations of a recent water circus held at Atlantic City, N. J., was the performance of Rex, Belgian police dog, who gave a demonstration of plain and fancy aquaplaning behind a speeding-power boat.