SHOOTING THE MAIL
A CATAPULT device for airmail pickup is one for the coming air age, designed by Louis P. Wulf.
Present methods employ a heavy shock-absorbing mechanism in the pickup plane which relieves stress on the cable when the mail is jerked from its resting position on the ground. This new wrinkle, however, obviates the necessity for such an arrangement, the mail being hurled forward in the direction of the plane’s motion by an explosive charge when the cable engages the hook. In tests, an ordinary 10-gauge shotgun shell, set in a specially designed and reinforced gun barrel, has been sufficient to catapult a 15-lb. mail bag at speeds over 100 m.p.h.
Scotland’s Best-kept Secret
No, other country in the world has been able to make Scotch whisky. The Scots have been doing it for over five hundred years, and even they don’t know how they do it BY JOHN KOBLER Illustrated by Erik Blegvad
town with seven distilleries … in one mile of Highland river; they used the same water, peat, and malt . . . yet each spirit had its own individual bouquet.”
During a jaunt through Scotland not long ago, I had an opportunity to inquire into the mystery under ideal conditions— while sampling some twenty-year-old Ballantine’s in a snug little pub facing Loch Lomond, in the company of Mr. John Grant, director emeritus of Hiram Walker & Sons (Scotland). I failed to penetrate the mystery, but I learned a lot of other things about Scotch whisky.
NEW in SCIENCE
Hydrofoil Bus is claimed by its German inventor to be the fastest passenger boat in the world. In a demonstration on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, it carried 32 people 50 mph. Motor is 350 hp. Hydraulic wings lift it high in the water.
Mail Pushcart replaces the usual mailbag for Irving Wonnacott of Oak Park, Ill. Local post office tested several models to ease delivery of magazine and periodicals, decided on this one. It holds more than bag, saves wear and tear on postmen.
“The high priest of the craze is the celebrated Aldous Huxley, an expatriate Englishman with a whole string of best sellers to his credit. Huxley stumbled on the weird idea while living in his ivory tower in sunny Southern California, probably under the invigorating influence of that daffy birthplace of innumerable fads.”
Dream Drugs – GUILTY of MURDER!
In this Public Service Feature, TOP SECRET exposes the current craze of hypnotic drugs that produce technicolor dreams — but also death!
BY DICK HILLER
A dangerous new craze for hypnotic drugs that produce dreams in color has recently been uncovered on the West Coast.
The shocking story of these dope dreamers came to light when 18-year-old Michael Hawks, a brilliant freshmen student at Redlands University, in California, died mysteriously after going on a dream drug binge.
The son of die chairman of the board of directors of a Sierra Madre engineering firm, Hawks had been warned by University authorities about dabbling with hypnotic drugs that make addicts have dreams in color.
Astrology Goes Coin-In-The-Slot
THE ancient astrologists who spent weeks in studying the stars to cast a horoscope would be amazed at the 1935 electric coin-in-the-slot astrologer which delivers a forecast at the drop of a coin. To determine the supposed influence the stars will have on his life, the operator merely plugs in on his birth date. From the hundreds of cards within the highly intricate mechanism then selects a card corresponding to the date, promptly delivering it through a slot. Electricity is used in the operation of the mechanical astrologer.
New Marvels to Open Your Eyes
Man Shot from Gun; Boat Fast as Plane; Seagoing War Tank.
On land and sea the new war tank invented by Walter Christie is at home and, with its guns, equally deadly. Above, it is shown on land and, at right, crossing the Hudson after climbing the Palisades.
Clarence Chamberlin, first trans-Atlantic flyer to Germany, recently hopped in this plane from the specially built runway on the U.S.S. Leviathan, while 82 miles at sea, for the purpose of landing mail in New Jersey.
I’m not sure that this is actually a practical way to design an ergonomic chair, but it’s a neat idea:
“…the Barcalounger, was developed by a German scientists, Anton Lorenz, to duplicate the effortless ease with which a person floats in bouyant water. Lorenz asked 35 people to don bathing suits and step, one at a time, into a glass tank of salt water. When each person felt most relaxed he pulled a string attached to a camera shutter, taking a picture of himself. A composite of the 35 exposures became the basis of the Barcalounger design.”
RELAX — and live longer
Tension may crack your health, poison your outlook, spoil your home life, hinder your career— unless you learn the techniques of releasing it.
By Lyman Gaylord
WHEN two-year-old Kenneth Liebman fell from a sixth-story window in New York, spectators froze in horror. Then, before their incredulous eyes, he got up and walked away unharmed. Was it a miracle that saved his life? No, answers a group of medical men, it was relaxation.
The experts explain that we lose our ability to relax as we become conditioned to the pressure of modern life. As adults, most of us are characterized by tension. When we fall we stiffen our bodies and not being able to bend, we break.
Teens’ Broomstick Party
Shrill the wind and wild the night;
Spooks go prowling, black cats fight;
So set your spooky fears aside
And join us on a Broomstick Ride!
BY RUTH H. BRENT
This party should be planned and carried out by the teen-agers themselves—even to cooking the supper. Mother should stay in the background. Place: A rumpus room or good-sized living room. Of course, a cabin in the woods would also be ideal, as would the municipal recreation rooms set up by your park service.
THE NEW MG
MG for ’54 has been restyled and hopped up. Restyling in the new model, which is called the MG TF, is especially evident forward of the windshield, where the hood has been sloped down to a V-shaped radiator and the headlights have been faired into the front fenders. A higher compression ratio, twin carburetors, and other modifications have increased power output from the 54 hp at 5,200 rpm that was developed in the MG TD to 57.5 hp at 5,500 rpm. With disk wheels, the TF sells in this country for about $2,200; wire wheels are optional.
Sprayer Travels Over Lawn
A LOCOMOTIVE lawn sprayer invented by William H. Soper, of Denver, Colo., pulls itself along by winding in a light wire cable which may be staked out for one hundred feet from the machine. While slowly traveling, the machine throws any type of spray through an arc of 180 degrees.