New Ice-cycle Gives Cycling Thrills on Lakes in Winter (Apr, 1934)

Well, they got one thing right. It certainly does look thrilling.

New Ice-cycle Gives Cycling Thrills on Lakes in Winter

THE bicycle craze has taken its hold on devotees of winter sports, resulting in the development of the ice-cycle, which speeds over the frozen surfaces of ponds or rivers. The new ice vehicle is built from an ordinary bicycle. The front wheel is removed entirely, and the forks extended so that they almost touch the ice with the bicycle standing upright. A steel skate runner is attached to the extended front fork.

Two skate runners are similarly attached alongside the rear wheel. The cycle is pedalled as usual, the rubber tire gripping the ice. The skate runners prevent skidding, and balance can be maintained just as easily as on an ordinary bicycle.

“I Can Whip Any Mechanical Robot” by Jack Dempsey (Apr, 1934)

“I Can Whip Any Mechanical Robot” by Jack Dempsey

Picturesque former champion of world tells mechanical side of boxing. Challenges any robot.

I CAN whip any mechanical robot that ever has or ever will be made. Maybe that sounds a bit egotistical, maybe you will say it’s just the voice of a “has-been,” but I assure you that neither is true.

I was talking over old times with my friend Captain W. H. Fawcett and during the course of conversation he remarked that undoubtedly mechanical ingenuity has done much to improve the work of many boxers.

“That’s true,” I answered, “but nothing mechanical will ever be able to whip an honest to goodness boxer. Even right now, despite the fact that I am definitely through with the ring as a fighter, I wouldn’t be afraid of any robot or mechanical man., I could tear it to pieces, bolt by bolt and scatter its brain wheels and cogs all over the canvas.”

Lung Power Test Determines Grid Star’s Food Quotas (Apr, 1934)

Lung Power Test Determines Grid Star’s Food Quotas

THE modern football player, working on a full quota of energy, may soon know just what he may or may not eat at the training table. And perhaps he may thereby judge whether he desires to take his laurels on the field or in the rooting stand.

Dr. Francis Baldwin of the University of Southern California has inaugurated a method whereby he attaches an apparatus to the nose and mouth of a football player and has him run a specified distance. Air thus exhaled by the athlete goes into a special bag and after the run this is rushed to a laboratory for examination.

It is claimed that this examination will reveal whether the food being served at the training table is proper for a strapping football player. It is the belief of the discoverer that through proper feeding it will be possible to develop football teams even far superior to those of today.



Returning to the design of an old-fashioned bicycle, a French inventor is producing one with a small wheel in front and a large one behind. The small wheel steers, while the large one drives. Handlebars are at the rear of the cyclist. The inventor claims his machine embodies scientific principles of balance and structural design. Its rider sits in a comfortable erect position, instead of crouching, so obstructions are unlikely to throw him.

Body Sway Drives Eccentric Bicycle 15 Miles Per Hour (Nov, 1934)

Body Sway Drives Eccentric Bicycle 15 Miles Per Hour

CALLED the simplest self-propelled vehicle in the world, a radically new type of bicycle, entirely without pedals, is driven by body motion alone.

The rear wheel of this “x-ercycle,” as it is called, is eccentric; the rider stands on a springy footboard and swings his body in rhythm with the up and down movement of the frame to produce forward motion.



What is the world’s record for the running broad jump? Maybe Jack Cope, balloonist and parachute expert, holds it, because he can jump a hundred yards or more at a time. Not unassisted, of course; but with his partially rilled balloon, such feats are easy for him.

Cope inflates his balloon until it is within a few ounces of being able to lift him. Then it is released and as it slides along before the wind, he leaps into the air and is borne forward several hundred feet at a time. The sport is not dangerous if the field is level and free of obstructions.

Florball (Dec, 1950)

Apparently there are still people who play florball. Well at least they did in Finland Norway, in 1999.

Played on a portable court, Florball is a fast, new racquet game. It embraces principles of hockey, tennis, golf and handball. Goals are scored by driving a sponge-rubber ball against eight- inch- high boards at either end of the court and three goals in succession are needed for one point. The ball has to be kept on the floor when serving and close to it at all other times.

Aquatic Freaks Rout Summer Heat (Oct, 1933)

Aquatic Freaks Rout Summer Heat

Trick Outboards in Filmland

MOVIE folk are great at cooking up the unusual and extracting the last bit of publicity value from their stunts. And one of the latest of these gags is one which intrigues the mechanically-minded man who is addicted to taking his swimming seriously. Warren Williams, famous Warner Brothers film star, appeared at a California beach recently with the queer craft shown in the photo to the right.

Firemen Invent New Hose Game (Nov, 1937)

Firemen Invent New Hose Game

Streams of water from fire hoses, and a ball sliding freely along an overhead wire, recently provided the implements for a novel game played by firemen at Chicago, Ill. Officially, the object of the game was to push the ball over the opponents’ goal line, although to spectators it appeared as if it was primarily to drench the opponents. The players appropriately named their strenuous sport “fireball.”

Boxers Wear Fireworks in Novel Bout (Nov, 1937)

Boxers Wear Fireworks in Novel Bout

Outlined in flame, two asbestos-clad boxers staged a spectacular bout during a recent pyrotechnic display in London, England. Blazing fireworks, attached to the suits of the two performers on jointed frames to permit them freedom of movement, glowed as they sparred in the dark.