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North Sea Drainage Project to Increase Area of Europe (Sep, 1930)

North Sea Drainage Project to Increase Area of Europe

If the extensive schemes for the drainage of North Sea are carried out according to the plan illustrated above, which was conceived by a group of eminent English scientists, 100,000 square miles will be added to the overcrowded continents of Europe. The reclaimed land will be walled in with enormous dykes, similar to the Netherland dykes, to protect it from the sea, and the various rivers flowing into the North Sea will have their courses diverted to different outlets by means of canals.


It would really suck if someone picked that moment to walk out to their car.
“Never did know my Paw, he got killed by an indestructible barrel. I like to think he died in the name of science.”


An eighteen-story plunge in Detroit, Mich., recently tested the strength of a new-type beer barrel. Made of steel, the barrel was filled with water and carried to the eighteenth floor of a hotel. Here it was dropped from a window, plunging more than 200 feet to a hard-packed gravel parking space at the rear of the building. The barrel is said to have survived the shock without springing a leak, although the side was badly dented. In a second test, another barrel was not even dented by the long drop, according to the manufacturer.



No Sherlock Holmes of fiction ever disguised himself with more versatility than Arthur N. Pack, president of the American Nature Association. When this well-known naturalist wants to approach timid animals in their native haunts, without frightening them out of range of his camera, he dons an appropriate costume.

A disguise resembling a giant desert cactus was his creation during a recent expedition through the desert wastes of Arizona along the Mexican border, with William L. and Irene Finley, noted naturalists. Clad thus, shy desert animals walked up to him to be photographed.

Mountain goats, among the most difficult of wild animals to approach, were successfully photographed by Pack. He fashioned for himself a white goat costume with horns and long whiskers.

Pack’s use of disguises was suggested by natives of central Africa who creep through the tall grass, wearing a wooden headdress carved to resemble a bird. Pretending to stop and peck, from time to time, the hunter can approach birds and other game dose enough to capture them.

Former War Secretary Baker Invents Vacuum Duster (Aug, 1936)

Former War Secretary Baker Invents Vacuum Duster

NEWTON D. BAKER, whose honors include Secretary of War under President Wilson, Mayor of Cleveland from 1912 to 1916, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and a score of others, has added to this imposing list the title of inventor.

Long rows of books, nearly always dusty and almost impossible to clean provided Mr. Baker with the inspiration for his invention. It consists of a suction cleaner attached to a long-handled brush. As the bristles dislodge the dust from the book tops suction draws it into a bag. The device is patented.

Hat Is Latest in Cigarette Cases (Apr, 1932)

Hat Is Latest in Cigarette Cases

AN “ammunition” hat designed with tuck in which are inserted twenty cigarettes, is proclaimed by stylists as the latest fad for co-eds. Wearing this hat, shown in the photo at right, the co-ed needs no longer go through the awkward motions of searching through a hand bag for her fags. All she has to do is to reach up and pluck one from her hat.

The cigarettes are arranged to appear like ornaments on the hat. The slots which hold the fags are made extremely rigid so as to prevent breaking.

Science Redesigns the Human Body (Aug, 1956)

Science Redesigns the Human Body

Some scientists, engineers and designers gripe about Nature’s masterpiece and suggest a few improvements.

By Lester David

ON A golf course last Fall, a New York accountant took a healthy swing at the ball, fell to the ground— and couldn’t get up. He spent the next nine weeks in a hospital. Slipped spinal disc.

A mailman in Philadelphia was forced to turn in his resignation when fallen arches made walking unbearable.

In Chicago, an office worker running for a bus suddenly crumpled to the ground. He hobbled to a stoop and sat until help arrived. Dislocated knee, the doctor said.

Engineer Builds Baby Walker (Sep, 1939)

This looks like some sort of baby torture device.
“Mach schnell baby! Mach schnell!!”

Engineer Builds Baby Walker
To teach his young son to walk, a Swiss engineer built the curious apparatus shown above. Pairs of wooden arms are strapped at one end to the infant’s legs and at the other to the legs of an adult, so that the latter can control the baby’s leg movements. A harness connected to a pulley on an overhead wire holds the child upright while it is taking its first steps.

Beard Clinic Maps Strategy for Shaving (Sep, 1939) (Sep, 1939)

Beard Clinic Maps Strategy for Shaving
HOW men should manipulate their razors to give themselves a smooth, clean shave is explained by dermatologists at the New York World’s Fair after a facial examination with an ingenious apparatus. On human faces, the experts say, the beard grows in different directions, which should be followed by the shaver as he uses his razor.

Diver Collects Cash in Drive (Dec, 1938)

Diver Collects Cash in Drive
Dressing a solicitor in the full regalia of a deep sea-diver was the novel means employed recently by the British Lifeboat Institution to attract the attention of pedestrians on the streets of London to their campaign for funds. Fully equipped, from lead-weighted shoes to a heavy steel diving helmet, the solicitor clumped along the sidewalk selling buttons to passers-by. The photograph at the left shows a woman making a contribution to the fund.

Tests Reveal Compatibility for Marriage (Jan, 1941)

Tests Reveal Compatibility for Marriage
Checking up on the compatibility of persons about to be married is a predicted use for a system for measuring human relations developed by Dr. Ernest Chappie, of the Harvard University department of anthropology. Dr. Chappie places the couple to be “personality tested” behind a screen through which he can watch them without being seen. While they chat, he records their reactions on a paper tape with a special machine. The instrument could also be used for studying personality problems of individuals.