Just Weird
Turn Snapshots Into ‘HUMANETTES’ (Nov, 1936)

Turn Snapshots Into ‘HUMANETTES’

Sensational invention. Almost human in appearance. A life-like cut out figure. Any snapshot, photograph or picture can be “immortalized” by this strange new process. Surface covered with moisture-proof transparent PORCELITE. Will not peel, tear, crack, or soil. Looks like porcelain bas-relief.

“Brain Music” Electrically Made (Feb, 1930)

I don’t think this is “Brain Music” so much as a pair of insane headphones made using people’s hands as drivers and paper as the diaphragm.

“Brain Music” Electrically Made

MUSIC heard clearly inside the brain although no sound waves were entering the stopped-up ears of the hearer, is a new achievement of the science of electro-acoustics demonstrated by Mr. Sergius P. Grace, assistant vice president of the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel (Sep, 1931)

If he ever attempted this I’m pretty sure you can visit both Mr. Terry and his gondola shoes a few meters down just off the coast of Dover.

Youth Invents Gondola Shoes to Walk English Channel

THE ancient Biblical feat of walking on water is soon to be duplicated by a Washington youth, George Terry, who has invented an odd pair of gondola shoes to achieve the stunt. The scene of the re-enactment of the feat will be the English Channel, between Dover and Calais.

Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver (May, 1932)

Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver

PRONOUNCED by Harry A. Miller, world-renowned designer of racing automobiles, as the most perfect model in the world, the eighth-scale reproduction of the newest type racing car, shown in the photo at the left, has every working part of a full-size automobile duplicated in miniature.



A woman who breathes only three to five times per minute has been discovered by Dr. Francis G. Benedict, of Boston. Her breathing rate is approximately one sixth that of the normal individual, who inhales and exhales about eighteen times a minute.

EVERY DAY A BETTER WORLD – Through Parks, Shorts and Eugenics (Feb, 1937)

“And one result is that the human race today is producing millions of physical and mental scrubs when it might—if it had the foresight and the hindsight— be producing millions of human thoroughbreds instead.”

“I am all for the Bishop and the girls, provided the latter have the right figures for shorts.”

I suppose the Eugenics film could have helped them guarantee that the churchgoing women would have had the right kind of figure. Also, in 1937 what would the right kind of figure for shorts be?


By Daniel Mann

Reviewing Progress in Science, Therapeutics and the Art of Living

MORE Playgrounds and More Play-

Nowadays the sentiment toward the physical culture life is rolling up like a snowball; and the change begins to show in our statistics. For instance, the National Recreation Association has recently announced that recreation in this country, and facilities for it, has more than doubled in the last decade.

Novel Gas Gun Is Death On Flies (Sep, 1936)

It must have sucked for the students sitting near the fly. I wonder what the mortality rate of his lectures was.

Novel Gas Gun Is Death On Flies

SOMETHING of a crack shot is Dr. J. F. McClendon, of the University of Minnesota, who will not permit flies in his classroom or laboratory.

His air gun is loaded with pyrethrum concentrate, which is four times as strong as ordinary insecticides. When a fly zooms in to put on an annoying aerial exhibition, plop! goes the good doctor’s trusty gun, and there is one less fly to fight against.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks (Nov, 1938)

I love the mix of items on this page.

“Mother Goose” Bungalow Shelters Nesting Ducks

Looking as if it had been plucked right from the pages of a “Mother Goose” book, a bungalow for ducks stands on the shore of an artificial lake in Alexandria, Minn. This fairy tale cottage with sloping Walls

and crooked chimney has shuttered windows and flower boxes, and the glassed windows are indirectly illuminated at night with electric lights hidden in shallow boxes inside the window frames. It appears, at night, to be a busy little hotel, but the hundred or more residents of “Duck Inn” sleep inside in complete darkness.


That is rather a lot of wood, all to remove “hoodoo” from their football team.

Apparently it didn’t work, Charlie.  Looking in Stanford’s archives, in 1915 they weren’t national or conference champions and they didn’t go to the Rose Bowl until 1925. They lost to Notre Dame 27-10.


EACH year, at Stanford University, there is built an enormous bonfire pile, which is lit on the night of the big football rally and around which the students pledge their support to their team, two days before the big game with the University of California.

A good idea of the size of the pile can be obtained by comparing it to the men standing by it. From the top of the tower to the ground is over fifty feet, while the huge pyre measures over thirty feet at the base. The tower of the pile is an imitation of the Sather Campanile, one of the new buildings of the University of California.




THOSE who are inclined to regard the scissors grinder as a dull sort of fellow, who is content to push a cart with a tinkling bell through the streets, may well

contemplate the picture reproduced herewith, of another sort of scissors grinder. He uses his bicycle, riding it until he has work to do, and then supports the rear wheel in the usual way, and uses the machine as a source of power and as his work-bench, too. A simple attachment runs the emery wheel mounted on the handle bar, and the up-to-date grinder may sit at ease and pedal as he does his work.