New Electrical Apparatus Will Kill Poultry Humanely (Dec, 1936)

New Electrical Apparatus Will Kill Poultry Humanely

ALTHOUGH the first electrical apparatus for electrocuting fowl was invented more than 188 years ago by Benjamin Franklin it was not until recently that such a device was conceived for present day requirements.

Want Trotting Speed? Try a Moose Team! (Dec, 1941)

Want Trotting Speed? Try a Moose Team!

Albert Vallancourt, French – Canadian woodsman, has the fastest pair of trotters in his neighborhood— a team of moose which he raised from babyhood at his farm near Sudbury, Ont. Vallancourt insists his team can beat any harness racing records made by horses anywhere. He acquired one of his strange pets when he rescued it from a bear when it was a baby. The other was given to him.

MEET Kathryn Apelt – THE ARMADILLO GAL (May, 1956)


She turns these odd little armor-plated beasts into ornamental lamp shades and showy baskets.

“BRING them back alive.”

That’s what Mrs. Kathryn Apelt tells her more than 50 Mexican hunters who roam the moonlit highways of Comfort, Texas, in quest of armadillos for her unique and famous farm which lures visitors from all over the world.

Milking Cows From a Swivel Chair (Oct, 1954)

Milking Cows From a Swivel Chair

You can just sit back and let the cows do most of the work in this modern unit.

THE dream of farming by push-button came a whole lot closer to reality this year when the Hervey Research Development Corp. of Geneva, Ill., put on the market its amazingly efficient pre-packaged dairy plant which enables one person to wash, milk and feed 30 cows an hour without even stirring from a comfortable foam-rubber-cushioned swivel chair.

Sitting at ease in the center of the milking room, the operator pulls a cord to open the barn door, twists a crank to measure out feed for each cow, then tugs at another cord to let Bossy go back to pasture. Automatic milkers pipe the Grade A to a stainless steel cooling tank.

Model Monsters (Aug, 1945)

Model Monsters

Copied live or more times lifeline. ordinary insects are earful, fantastic creatures.


Senior Technician, Department of Insects and Spiders, American Museum of Natural History AMONG the most startling exhibits in a museum of natural history are enlarged models of small or microscopic creatures which, though always with us, commonly pass unnoticed or unseen. A housefly as big as a house-cat is a terrifying object, with a weird blank face like the mask of a Martian monster, and an uncouth coat of spines. A flea, made large enough to serve six at dinner, stands revealed as most admirably streamlined, and thus enabled to slip unimpeded between hairs.

He Makes Mink Telephones (May, 1950)

Two words I’m sure I’ve never said together: “Mink Bathtub”

He Makes Mink Telephones

By H. W. Kellick

AL TEITELBAUM, a Hollywood furrier, was showing Dorothy Lamour some of the glamorous mink skins he was using in making up a fancy mink coat for the film star. As they chatted, Al happened to drape a few of the skins over his desk telephone.

“Why,” Dorothy cried, “that’s simply stunning! And so different, too!”

“What in the world are you talking about?” Al asked.

“Can’t you see? A mink-upholstered telephone! What a unique Christmas gift that would make!”

Chopper Checkup At the Zoo (Nov, 1954)

Chopper Checkup At the Zoo

DESPITE the wonderful pain-killing techniques developed recently in the field of dentistry, most people are still frightened to death by the very thought of having their teeth checked. One dentist, however, who is usually more wary of his patients than they are of him is Dr. C. P. Gandal of New York’s Bronx Zoo.

Drug Store for Sick Pooches (Nov, 1954)

Drug Store for Sick Pooches

Doctor Tarr’s business went to the dogs in its first year and he grossed $30,000 with it.

“HOW to get rich?” is an ever recurring XI question, and one reasonable answer, contributed by Henry Kaiser, the famous industrialist and speed king of ship builders, is: “Render a needed new service.”


Well that’s a useful article…


LIONS have been enjoying the title of “King of Beasts” which really belongs to the elephant, according to Harry C. Ostrander, naturalist. The elephant does not

Possess the regal bearing of the lion, but he can think faster and has a remarkable memory, as witness the truism of the showmen, “an elephant never forgets an injury.”



SUGAR, snakes and swimming may seem like rather unrelated subjects—but to 69-year-old George P. Meade of Gramercy, La., they are all fields of major interest, and he is a nationally recognized authority in all three.

As a sugar technologist, Meade is manager of the Colonial Sugars Company’s refinery at Gramercy, a director of the Cuban-American Sugar Company and co-author of the Spencer-Meade “Cane Sugar Handbook,” standard reference on sugar technology. As a snake expert, he is former vice-president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. As an aquatics enthusiast, he is former vice-president of the Southern AAU and a member of the AAU Committee on swimming.