Just Weird
Living Statues Are Coated with Special Paint (Mar, 1941)

Living Statues Are Coated with Special Paint
Various phases of physical education are symbolized by an athletic group famed for its “statuary” poses. In performances given before audiences throughout the country, the team depicts activities of the physical training division of Springfield College in Massachusetts. Wearing tight-fitting rubber caps and trunks, the men are completely coated with a special aluminum paint and glycerin mixture which gives them a metallic sheen to resemble silvered statues. The paint is not poisonous, and washes off easily with soap and water.

Feats of Ancient Japanese Taught to Modern Swimmers (Dec, 1936)

Reminds me of this.

Feats of Ancient Japanese Taught to Modern Swimmers

Swimming stunts handed down through the centuries are still taught to young swimmers in Japan. One of the ancient feats was to shoot an arrow from a bow while in deep water, this trick requiring extreme discipline and practice if any accuracy is developed. Another stunt is to wield a fan out of water in each foot while swimming.

Girls Dive Into a Pool of Oranges in Fete Competition (Aug, 1929)

Girls Dive Into a Pool of Oranges in Fete Competition

THREE tons of oranges recently floated in the municipal swimming pool of Anaheim, California, for the obstacle race put on in preparation for the selection of its representative in the annual Valencia Orange show held there. Almost a score of girls from Anaheim high school swam 200 feet through the floating fruit in the competition.

Day Dreams Cause “Man Failure” (Mar, 1932)

This article wasn’t about what I thought it was about.

Day Dreams Cause “Man Failure”

EVERYBODY must avoid day dreaming, but this is especially necessary for workmen in factories. There are four common kinds of day dreams which make workers careless and inattentive.

The first is emotional day dreaming, like letting the mind dwell continually on the thrills of some strong emotion like love. A second is characterized by worry about imagined misfortunes, most of which never happen.

Third is the kind of day dreaming due to retrospection; looking back on the pleasures or missed opportunities of the past. Last on the list are the day dreams of vengeance, in which the victim goes over and over again in his mind the terrible things that he will do some day to some enemy or antagonist.

Chops Wood With Steel Hands (Jul, 1934)

Chops Wood With Steel Hands

DELICATE but powerful are the steel hands made by Andrew A. Gawley and his blind father. Though both arms were amputated thirty-two years ago in an accident, Gawley has learned to use his artificial arms to such an extent that today he earns his own living as a machinist.

He can dress himself, tie his shoe laces, use a knife and fork skillfully, and even break stones with his powerful hands. Wood chopping is easy for him, for his steel fingers grip tighter than human fingers.

Portlander Lives Frozen in Ice Block for Thirty Minutes (Apr, 1931)

Portland hipsters froze themselves in blocks of ice way before it was cool.

Portlander Lives Frozen in Ice Block for Thirty Minutes

A SCIENTIFIC experiment that bewildered thousands was performed when A. Moro, of Portland, Ore., allowed himself to be frozen up in a solid cake of ice for thirty minutes at an annual newspapermen’s midnight frolic held recently in Portland. At the end of the half hour of imprisonment, the ice block was chopped open and Mr. Moro emerged bright and healthy, a little chilled, perhaps, but otherwise unaffected.

Mr. Moro is enabled to accomplish this remarkable feat because of his ability to get along with a minimum supply of oxygen for an unusual length of time. In performing the stunt, he crawls into the cavity formed in two blocks of ice as shown at right. Ice is then melted around him to inclose his body in the cavity.

Device Awakens Sleeper With Water In The Face (Sep, 1938)

I had a similar device that would pour water on me when I refused to get up for school. I called her Mom.

Device Awakens Sleeper With Water In The Face

NOT even an alarm clock and radio will awaken Richard Hess, 21-year-old senior in Columbia College, Columbia University, so he rigged up this odd contraption to overcome his reluctance to get up at 7 a. m.

When the alarm clock sounds, the paste pot weight is released thus turning on the radio and tipping a glass of water perched on a plank over his head, pouring the contents in his face. The glass is tied to the plank so that it will not fall in the sleeper’s face and possibly neutralize the refreshing affect of the water. The device starts to operate when a loop tied around the alarm clock key slips off as the key turns.

Driving Mittens Glow To Aid Hand Signals (Apr, 1941)

Not *quite* as awesome as kitten mittens.

Driving Mittens Glow To Aid Hand Signals

Driving mittens with their backs chemically treated to glow in the dark have been introduced for motorists. Besides being useful for giving hand signals to following drivers, the mittens provide enough light to show up the keyhole in a car or garage door. Exposed to a strong light momentarily, they are said to show the ground for several yards around, and still give off light after two or three hours. They are available in several sizes.

Meter Gauges Work in Bread-Slice Units (May, 1938)

Why is there a basketball team watching the girl ride? And also, doesn’t almost one slice per minute seem a bit high?

Meter Gauges Work in Bread-Slice Units

How rapidly exercise uses up the energy in the food you eat is graphically demonstrated by a device called the “bread-o-meter” at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. When a visitor mounts a bicycle frame and pedals vigorously, a generator produces electricity in proportion to his effort, and figures on a board show how many slices or loaves of bread would be needed to furnish this energy.

Replica of Tank Is Made of Soap (Feb, 1930)

Replica of Tank Is Made of Soap

ONE hundred and thirty pounds of soap were used in the construction of a replica of a giant army tank at a recent soap exposition in Berlin, Germany. Cakes and slabs and sheets of soap were used throughout, pieces of soap being carved down to small knobs to represent hundreds of rivets in carrying out the details of the work. Happy soldiers maintain it would be an easy task for an army equipped with such soap tanks to “clean up” any opponent.