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BIBLICAL CANDLESTICK (May, 1929)

BIBLICAL CANDLESTICK

AN EXTRAORDINARY light standard built by J. E. Wells, a carpenter of Altadena, Cal., has aroused considerable interest among Bible students who declare that it bears an astonishing resemblance to a candlestick mentioned in the book of Revelations. Wells, who has never read Revelations, declares that the standard was built according to a vision and that it symbolizes the past and future of humanity.

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DAREDEVIL STEERS BOAT WITH TEETH (May, 1929)

Truly a wonder. Is there anything that technology cannot achieve?

DAREDEVIL STEERS BOAT WITH TEETH

STANDING on one’s hands in the bottom of a speeding motorboat and steering the craft with the teeth is the latest thrill in outboard motoring, invented by “Skeets” Eckleberry, noted bronco buster. The photo below shows him “doing his stuff” while his boat skims along at 30 miles an hour in Biscayne Bay, Miami.

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CACTUS CARPENTER (Jun, 1945)

CACTUS CARPENTER

HERBERT WOOD, a former Pennsylvania contractor who went to Arizona to retire, began making furniture and knick-knacks out of the abundant native cactus purely as a hobby. But he soon found himself in possession of a prosperous business, selling his unusual and distinctive articles to tourists. He makes everything from ash trays to dining room sets.

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EYE STOPPERS VII (Jul, 1960)

I’m pretty sure I saw that guy riding his bike in Portland the other day…

EYE STOPPERS

IN THE TUB is gay Hollander, J. Zwart, who put it on wheels. It is said to hold a lot of water. Helmet wards off flying soap.

BIG German shoe, size 640, weighs 2.000 pounds. It would fit an 80-foot tall man.

KEY MAN is Johann Kelnberger of Germany. He’s collected over 200,000 keys and can produce one for almost any lock in world.

BED-PEDALING lad is Jim Willmore of Whitman College in Walla Walla. Wash. He made it from old-fashioned metal bedstead.

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Water Traffic Cop on Duty (Dec, 1929)

Water Traffic Cop on Duty

HERR HAMMER, water traffic cop on the Wannsee lake near Berlin, is pictured signaling a pleasure craft to stop. On his feet are metal paddles for “walking.”

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HAVE YOU LIVED BEFORE? (Jul, 1956)

No, I haven’t. Also, doesn’t this seem like an advertorial?

HAVE YOU LIVED BEFORE?

Have we new reason to believe—as men have believed for ages—that we have had other lives and will return again?

By C. J. Talbert

YOU are going back, back . . . three years old … two … one year old… now you are a mere infant . . . but you are still going back into time and space … you will find other scenes of faraway lands and distant places in your memory … now you will tell me … what do you see? What do you see?

Uh . . . scratched the paint off all my bed.

And what is your name?

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WINDOW WASHERS TALK IN BROADCAST (Jul, 1937)

WINDOW WASHERS TALK IN BROADCAST
Perched on ledges high above the street, two window washers, one in New York and the other in Chicago, communicated by radio recently in a novel broadcast sent out over a nationwide hook-up. With portable transmitters strapped to their backs, the workmen carried on a lively conversation about their work for the entertainment of the listening audience scattered all over the United States.

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BED FOR THE ATOM AGE (Nov, 1950)

BED FOR THE ATOM AGE

CAN’T sleep? Worried about the atom bomb? Where would you rather have it find you than in the Acousticot, a super-bed dreamed up by Colonel Elliott White Springs of the Springs Cotton Mills.

It’s soundproof, air conditioned and even has a bundling board for passengers so disposed. Light from outside is kept out by curtains sprayed with your favorite perfume. You can have spruce and sour mash to remind you of your home in the mountains, mint and smoked ham if you’re from Dixie or fresh fish and decayed aristocracy if you yearn for a tidewater town.

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“Comet” Plane Navigates Land and Sea But Balks at Air (Dec, 1930)

“Comet” Plane Navigates Land and Sea But Balks at Air

IN a recent tryout of the novel type of plane shown at the left, which its inventors, Wendel Wobido and Stephen Nagel, of Berlin, call the “Comet” plane, and which was designed to navigate air, land and sea, navigated land and sea all right, but when it came to going up into the air the darned thing balked and refused to depart from safe old Terra Firma, or rather, in this case, since they tried to take off from the water, good old aqua firma.

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Your Body Heat Is Sufficient to Cook Pan of Potatoes (Feb, 1930)

Your Body Heat Is Sufficient to Cook Pan of Potatoes
SCIENTISTS have learned that our bodies are living machines of the combustion type in which the burning of fuel (food) is accompanied by the consumption of oxygen, liberation of heat energy and production of carbon dioxide as is the case in all combustion engines. Scientists find that the heat from a single person, if properly focussed, would be sufficient to cook potatoes.

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