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Electrical Device Tests Nerves to Determine Character (Jun, 1932)

Electrical Device Tests Nerves to Determine Character
CRYSTAL gazing and fortune telling are being supplanted as means to determine inclinations and aptitudes of children by an electrical device which examines one’s character by testing the relative strength of your nerves.

The strange mechanism is an electrical unit operated with two electrodes. One is held in the hand of the subject being tested and the other is moved about on the head. Nerve reactions are tabulated and character’ determined by comparison to chart.

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Dog’s Tail Forms Radio Receiver (Nov, 1934)

Dog’s Tail Forms Radio Receiver
A DOG’S tail serves as a radio receiver for Frank G. Kerk, Los Angeles experimenter. Kerk attaches an aerial to the collar of his Great Dane and hooks an ear phone to the animal’s tail. The canine radio is then complete and all that is necessary is to place the phone to the ear and listen.

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Porto-Pulpit (Nov, 1931)

Portable Church Goes to People
WHEN it gets too hot for the folks to go to church, the church can now go to the people. Seven Baptist ministers in northern Indiana put their heads together and solved the problem by devising a traveling church mounted on the chassis of an old seven passenger car. The “motorized” church has a twelve foot belfry, with bell and all, and a roof which is thrown back, disclosing a pulpit and an organ with amplifiers which permit a huge audience to hear the entire services.

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Wading Outfit Lets Fisherman Float (Aug, 1938)

Wading Outfit Lets Fisherman Float
A NEWLY developed wading suit enables a fisherman not only to wade into a stream, but to float from spot to spot as well. The suit consists of a circular air-filled chamber, rubber wading boots and a water-proof body coverall comprising an integral, leak-proof unit, as shown in the photograph at left.

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Barber Speeds up Haircuts with 200,000 Volts Through Customer’s Body (Jan, 1932)

Barber Speeds up Haircuts with 200,000 Volts Through Customer’s Body

SHOOTING 200,000 volts of electricity through a customer’s body, causing the hair to stand up on end as if in fright, is the somewhat unique though harmless, means employed by Charles Hawker, of Portland, Oregon, to increase his speed at his barber chair.

The chair in which Mr. Hawker performs this tonsorial stunt is mounted on insulators, as illustrated at the left. Current is sent through the customer’s body by means of contact plates on the arms of the chair.

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Double-Barrel Cigarette Holder (Nov, 1931)

Double-Barrel Cigarette Holder
We don’t know whether the cigarette manufacturers were behind this idea, but it might be a good idea for them to give away one of these new holders to all smokers. Just think how cigarette sales would jump if everybody smoked two at one time!

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Flashlight, 5 Power Telescope, Drinking Cup—All in One (Oct, 1933)

Any fool could come up with a Flashlight/Telescope combo, but it takes a true creative genius to add the drinking cup.

Flashlight, 5 Power Telescope, Drinking Cup—All in One
IT’S a flashlight, but take out the batteries and it’s a telescope. The combination instrument, now on the market, has several uses for the camper. As a flashlight it has a focusing beam. The front lens can also be used as a sun glass to start fires, while the eyepiece is a good magnifying glass. Included in the tube with the batteries is a small drinking cup. By removing the batteries, bulb, and drinking cup, the camper has a fair five-power telescope. The instrument is built to provide for an adjustable telescope for varying distances.

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Pole Vaulting Peasants (Sep, 1934)

This looks like something out of Monty Python.

PEASANTS USE VAULTING POLES TO GET TO WORK
Vaulting with poles is a necessary part of the every-day life of Friesian peasants in northern Germany. There the low, marshy fields abound with drainage ditches. These are so numerous that the construction of foot bridges would be prohibitively expensive. Hence the peasants resort to vaulting poles, which have wooden disks attached to the bottom end, as shown in the smaller view, to keep them from sinking in the soft mud. Long practice has made the Friesians adept in leaping the ditches in this manner.

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Use Car Power to Grind Meat (Dec, 1932)

Use Car Power to Grind Meat
NOW you can operate your meat chopper, ice cream freezer, apple parer, or practically any other device turned by a crank without work or worry, thanks to the simple idea of an Illinois inventor. A strap iron strip just long enough to fasten between rim bolts on opposite sides of the car wheel is made. The shaft of the device to be operated is then attached to the center of the strap.
All that remains is to jack up the rear wheel, start up the motor and let ‘er rip. The picture below shows the arrangement in operation. It’s handy for picnics where much food has to be prepared outdoors. Naturally the shaft of the food chopper must be practically in line with the hub of the wheel.

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Roulette Wheel, Ash Tray in One (Dec, 1932)

Roulette Wheel, Ash Tray in One
THE photo below shows a novel device for home use that will afford much amusement as well as usefulness. It is called the “roulette ash tray,” and was one of the innovations recently introduced in the Reichs Invention Union in Berlin. Although it has not the many different betting facilities of the larger wheels, it does have the more popular features.

The ash receptacle has numerals painted upon the sides which revolve around a stationary base. There is a marker upon the base which points out the winning number when the wheel comes to a stop.

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