“Wand” Speeds Checkout (Jul, 1964)
I guess this was an alternative to barcodes, though it doesn’t seem too practical. I’d think that the labels would get lost, and would be easy to spoof. Plus you only get to scan it once.
“Wand” speeds checkout.
To move supermarket lines faster, this recent IBM patent would use a flexible tube and a vacuum pump to suck up magnetically printed stickers and feed them to a register. The register would read the magnetic code and total the purchases quickly. The tabs would also serve for the store’s stock and inventory control.
The Truth About Pot (May, 1968)
This is a surprisingly honest, un-biased and well researched article about marijuana from 1968. It’s kind of sad that essentially nothing has changed in this debate since this article was written.
THE TRUTH ABOUT POT
- Is marijuana addictive?
- Does it have bad physical and mental effects on the user?
- Does its use tend to increase crime?
Here are the conflicting opinions of leading experts on this highly controversial subject.
By Robert Gannon
After reviewing Mr. Cannon’s article on marijuana, “The Truth about Pot,” a consultant for the American Medical Association had this to say: “This is an excellent article. The author has done a wonderful job of making some legislative zealots look ridiculous simply by quoting their exaggerated statements and reciting the disconcerting facts.”
The great debate about marijuana ranks closely behind Vietnam and civil rights as one of the top issues of our time. And as the number of pot users grows, so does the controversy in which marijuana is called everything from a menace to a harmless delight.
What is the truth about this strange drug? Here is an in-depth report on the nation’s pot problem and what science has learned so far about its effect on those who use it.
Tanks Simplify Bullfrog Culture (Jun, 1939)
Friday Animals for Profit Blogging:
Tanks Simplify Bullfrog Culture
COMPLETE protection against all natural enemies, perpetual shade, adequate feeding, abolition of
cannibalism, elimination of red leg frog disease, ideal temperature control, confinement of frogs to the domestic range, greatly reduced mortality and a growing time of seven months from baby frogs to marketable maturity are some of the many advantages claimed for a patented system of frog culture in concrete tanks developed by John Eugene Stearns of El Monte, California.
Hang your kids out the window (Aug, 1953)
This is completely insane.
Apartment-Window Cage Protects English Tots
Enclosed in a wire cage suspended from an apartment window, English children play in the sunlight and fresh air while their mothers are busy with housework. The cage, made of wire netting is strongly braced and is guarded on the apartment side by a cloth net which prevents children from crawling back into the room. Loaned by an infant welfare center to families with no gardens, the portable balcony is apparently popular with children and mothers. The demand exceeds the supply.