Archive
Just Weird
Tractor Out-pulls Elephant in Tug-of-War (Nov, 1928)

Tractor Out-pulls Elephant in Tug-of-War

SEVENTY-TWO hundred pounds of elephant came in second best in a tug-of-war recently conducted between Ruth, a 30-year-old elephant, and a small tractor. Four legs proved to have less “pulling power” than the caterpillar treads of the tractor. The elephant is shown bracing herself just as the irresistible pull of the tractor began to carry her backward.

.
Bee Sting Makes Youth Human Film (May, 1935)

Bee Sting Makes Youth Human Film

WITH a skin as sensitive as a photographic film, Robert J. West sunburns severely after a few minutes exposure to sunlight. In an effort to diagnose his own ailment he has switched his studies in the University of California to a course of physiology.

No part of his body is immune in its reaction to sunlight; exposed for a period of three minutes, his skin crisps and forms painful blisters. Consequently, when in the open, he either muffles himself in a heavy overcoat and pulls his hat low over his eyes, or he insulates himself with a covering of red, sun-resistant Cellophane.

.
Puppets Stage Shows for Children (Apr, 1933)

Life-like? Really? I think this guy got a job making anti-Obama ads.

Puppets Stage Shows for Children

SEVEN years of experiment were required to bring to perfection the life-like puppets shown in the series of pictures above. They are the work of Blake Wagner, Hollywood motion picture cameraman. He uses the puppets in giving shows. The same stunt has proved a money-maker for many men out of employment, who are able to arrange with department stores to give entertainments in their children’s departments.

.
Englishman Swallows Nose to Pull World’s Ugliest Face (Feb, 1934)

Englishman Swallows Nose to Pull World’s Ugliest Face

THE man with the India rubber face is T. Cox, a farmer of Yarnton, England. He challenges anyone in the. world to pull an uglier face than he can. So limber are his facial muscles that he can do just about everything but tie his cheeks into a knot.

Cox is able, by drawing up his lower jaw, puffing out his cheeks, and raising his lips up over his nose, to give the impression of having swallowed his nose.

No “bogeyman” is needed in this little town, for he can scare even the bravest of the little tots into eating their spinach.

.
Giant Whale Makes 3000-Mile Trip Across the Country on a Trailer (Jan, 1931)

Giant Whale Makes 3000-Mile Trip Across the Country on a Trailer
PEOPLE living inland, who have never seen the ocean, to say nothing of a whale, will have the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity when this gigantic 32-foot whale, shown in the photo at the right, passes through their town on its 3000-mile overland journey from Los Angeles to New York. The great fish will be carried on a trailer, so that the curious can get a good view of its peculiarities. The whale’s flesh will be treated with chemicals that will preserve it against decay.

.
Radio-cooked Toast Never Tastes Burned, Even If Black (Dec, 1933)

Radio-cooked Toast Never Tastes Burned, Even If Black
RADIO cooking is the latest stunt developed by broadcast engineers. If a hot lunch is wanted by the operators in a transmitting station, all they have to do is place their food between the electrodes of the transmitter. In a few moments it will be done to a turn. Bread may be toasted in six seconds, but steak and potatoes take several minutes. Oddly enough, food overdone by cooking on the radio transmitter does not have a burned taste. Toast can be charred black without tasting in any way different from the kind a cook would be proud to serve. Engineers are not quite sure just why this is so, but believe it is because the cooking is done by the electric discharge and the electrodes get only slightly warm.

.
Double-Bowl, Single-Stem Pipe for Two-Fisted Smokers (Oct, 1939)

Double-Bowl, Single-Stem Pipe for Two-Fisted Smokers

FOR double – barreled smoking enjoyment, pipe lovers are invited by the proprietors of a New York City tobacco shop to try out their latest development, the twin-bowl, single-stem pipe pictured at the right. Something like burning his pipe at both ends, the smoker fills and lights both bowls, and draws smoke from each through a slender bit that taps the center of the pipe’s double-ended stem. The idea for the novel tobacco furnace originated with the artist who draws the popular newspaper cartoon Smokey Stover.

.
Oregon Woman Has 2457 Spoons (Jan, 1931)

Oregon Woman Has 2457 Spoons
WHAT is believed to be the largest collection of spoons in the world is owned by Doctor Ella Kyes Dearborn, of Portland, Oregon. The collection contains 2457 spoons which completely cover the entire area of a large six-leaf cabinet, no two spoons being alike. Among the tiniest spoons in the collection are 120 made by a Chinese man that are the veriest fraction of an inch long and were made under a microscope. Her largest spoon is made of aluminum and is 23 inches long with a bowl capacity of one and one-half cups. Doctor Dearborn values her collection at over ten thousand dollars.

.
No More Rain-Soaked Cigarettes! (Aug, 1931)

No More Rain-Soaked Cigarettes!
MANY are the inventions devised to insure a dry smoke, but it has remained for a clown appearing with a circus in England to solve the problem. An umbrella over the smoke keeps off water and a spigot drains off excess moisture.

.
Mother Hen Eats Dye, Chicks Hatch Out Freakish Colors (Jan, 1933)

Mother Hen Eats Dye, Chicks Hatch Out Freakish Colors

THE chickens seen in the photo at the left may look just like any brood of infant barnyard fowl but that is because Modern Mechanix couldn’t print them in colors. In the flesh, however, they are a deep pink in hue with bills and toe nails a resplendent rose color.

The chicks were produced during experiments in which the mother was fed red dye. Further experiments are under way with other dyes and soon purple and green hens may be as common as white and brown ones now. The chickens otherwise are normal in every respect.

.