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Master These Strength Tests – OUTDO Mightier Opponents (Feb, 1933)

Master These Strength Tests – OUTDO Mightier Opponents

DO YOU want to compare your strength with that of your friends? If you do, here are eight different methods, all simply executed, that will bring into play every muscle of the body. Master these feats and you can hold your own with men of much greater bulk, because they will have failed to develop the distinct muscles brought into use in each of eight separate tests.

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Chairway Hauls Skiers a Mile up Mountain (Mar, 1941)

Chairway Hauls Skiers a Mile up Mountain

Up an avenue cut through the trees on the slopes of Mount Mansfield, Vt., runs a cableway more than a mile long, carrying skiers past the treetops to the summit. The eighty-six-chair tramway, new this season, cost $80,000 and is the longest of its kind, stretching over 6,330 feet.

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New Thrills from Freak Spills of Auto Ball (Apr, 1933)

New Thrills from Freak Spills of Auto Ball

by ED HARLAN GIBSON

SPILLS! Thrills! Smashups! Constant danger. Daredevil drivers strapped in odd looking, speeding cars, bouncing a huge ball about the race track.

Spills? Sure there’s one! Dust clouds rise as a little car does a crashing “barrel-roll.” Then another, farther up the track, fairly leaps into space as it turns over. The air about the grandstand has the tainted odor of burning rubber from spinning wheels—wheels spinning first back and then forward. Cars skid, slide about, swap ends like a wild bucking broncho.

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ELECTRIC FAN HELPS BOXERS GET BREATH BETWEEN THE ROUNDS (Jul, 1934)

ELECTRIC FAN HELPS BOXERS GET BREATH BETWEEN THE ROUNDS

An electric fan was used to refresh boxers between rounds at a recent military boxing tournament in England, as shown below. The fan, its blades guarded by wire mesh, is hinged to the end of an extension arm attached to a corner post of the boxing ring. When the boxer resumes fighting, the fan is swung back outside of the ropes.

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The Jumping Balloon—Thrilling New Sky Sport (Apr, 1923)

The Jumping Balloon—Thrilling New Sky Sport

HOW would you like to own your own hand-power jitney balloon — to spend your Saturday afternoons joy-riding in the sky, up a thousand feet or so, swinging beneath the round belly of a small gas-filled bag and traveling anywhere you can induce the playful breezes to take you? You sit in a suspender-like harness slung from ropes.

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“They’re Off!”—Thrills of the Turf in Ostrich Racing (Sep, 1929)

“They’re Off!”—Thrills of the Turf in Ostrich Racing

FLOWING ostrich plumes once decked the helmets of gallant knights. Later, they were worn prominently on the hats of gay cavaliers. Today the quill feathers of their wings and tails are used principally by women for hats and fashionable apparel. But ostriches are raised in great numbers in Czecho-Slovakia for a purpose other than plucking their feathers for decorations. Ostrich racing is supplanting the usual horse classics of the turf in that country and, according to observers, is far more fascinating and exciting to watch.

The powerful leg muscles of the birds allow them to travel much faster than the fleetest horse. Special saddles that fit tightly around the ostrich’s body permit the riders to “stay aboard” when the birds are going at full speed. They are controlled by means of reins and a small bit that fits firmly in the mouth. The birds are trained from birth in knowledge of the track. When full-grown, they stand from six to eight feet high. They are harder to manage than a horse.

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Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills (Feb, 1933)

Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills

YOU haven’t exhausted all the possibilities of sled construction till you’ve made this little gadget. It’s nothing more than a chair mounted on a pair of runners, but the fun it provides is endless. First lay hands on a pair of old sled runners and secure to them, in the position shown, the strap iron braces. To these are bolted the chair, which may be of the kitchen variety. On the stern of the runners nail a pair of blocks.

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1,000,000 Ringside Seats! (Aug, 1941)

1,000,000 Ringside Seats!

by Russ Ratchet

THE next world’s championship prizefight may be held in your neighborhood theater! Or perhaps it will be the Kentucky Derby, the Rose Bowl football classic—or even a battle of the World War!

Theater television has become an actuality. Before so very long, you may be able to relax in a seat of your corner movie house and view the World Series, as it is actually being played, televised on a regulation size motion picture screen.

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SLED STOVE for SKATING PARTIES (Feb, 1933)

SLED STOVE for SKATING PARTIES

YOU skating fans who suffer from cold hands and feet in bitter cold weather, when your sport is best, will perceive instantly the service this sled-stove can do you. It can be transported anywhere, and will be well worth whatever effort you may put into it.

In the sled shown, an ordinary air-tight stove was used, the legs of which were removed. On the inside a three-inch layer of sand is put down for insulation purposes. The stove was then mounted on a bob-sled which measured seven feet long and fifty-eight inches wide. This arrangement permits the stove to be hooked on the back of a car and hauled to any desired point.

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FREAK BIKE RUNS BY MOTION OF BODY (Nov, 1934)

FREAK BIKE RUNS BY MOTION OF BODY

A bicycle without pedals, invented by two Chicago men, is designed to operate on body motion alone. Standing on a springy footboard, a rider propels the strange vehicle simply by raising and lowering his body. The rear wheel of the bicycle has its axle mounted off center. A down-ward thrust of the legs tends, after the bicycle has been placed in motion, to pull this axle down to its lowest position, thus causing the wheel to revolve in a forward direction.

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