MI-stoppers V (Sep, 1954)


SEA SERPENT? When Keith McRae of Sidney. Australia, hauled in this 12-foot-long oarfish. he thought he had caught one. This peculiar eel-like creature grows up to 40 feet in length.

WHALE OF A MOUTH comfortably holds three young Jonahs at Luna Park in Naples, Italy. The huge mammal died after being washed ashore there recently. It was stuffed, displayed at resort.

HOW DOES IT WORK? – Oil Lamp Fan (Nov, 1956)

Stirling cycle fans have quite the following.

EARL CROSS doesn’t know what makes his antique rotary fan work—but why argue with a cooling breeze? In the base of tlie fan is an oil lamp which heats a cylinder containing two pistons. Light the lamp and the blades slowly pick up speed. The fans were part of a shipment made up for a long forgotten African hunting expedition.

King Coal’s Sculptor (Mar, 1950)

King Coal’s Sculptor

By H. W. Kellick

A dirty hunk of coal is the last place where you’d look for beauty. But every day Charles Cunningham of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, conjures beautiful animals, art objects or busts of famous people out of ugly lumps of anthracite.

To work this black magic, Cunningham goes down into the mine himself to pick out his own pieces of coal. Back in his home shop, he splits a big hunk with hammer and chisel to the size he wants for his new creation. Then he carefully chips and carves this piece into shape. Just how he gets the mirror-like surface that marks his masterpieces, though, is one magic rite he won’t reveal.

Onions Without Tears (Sep, 1947)

Onions Without Tears

WEEP no more, my lady. That greatest of all tear-jerkers, the onion, is now under control.

Ever since the first bold botanist gave the potent vegetable to the world, the imperious onion has remained unconquered. One jab with a knife and stinging tears would brim the eyes of the strongest man, the most careful housewife. Nothing was done for centuries. Mankind accepted the dictatorship of the onion, kept on peeling, and kept on crying.



ELECTRIC cheese grater for spaghetti lovers who don’t like to exert themselves before lunch. Louise Zolezzi, Jamaica. N. Y.

SKATING SHOES equipped to take bolt-on ice skates or wheels for enthusiasts who like to skate year-round. John Dee, Boise. Ida.

KNEEPADS with rollers on them so Mom can zip through scrubbing, chores requiring kneeling. David Mega. Follansbee. W. Va.

Gold Beaters (Sep, 1947)

Gold Beaters


ONE interesting occupation that has not changed an iota since Biblical times is gold-beating. Men still beat gold for decorative purposes, and “hand-beaten” is a byword for quality and endurance.

When the gold beaters get through beating a piece of gold bar about 1/8-inch thick, after more than 24 hours of solid whacking, they have a ribbon of gold leaf yards long and so thin it measures about 1/50,000-inch thick.

Rugged Silicones Join Space Age (Dec, 1961)

Rugged Silicones Join Space Age

SILICONE compounds—ranging from synthetic rubber to lubricating greases — may be the most versatile chemical products developing for the space age. Some rubber, for example, can be painted over spacecraft to keep them from melting during the tremendous heat of blast-off and re-entry.

Another silicone rubber, with the addition of a chemical, turns from liquid to solid in minutes, withstands a blowtorch flame that will cut through steel, is immune to molten lead, yet lets you hold your hand on one side of a thin layer comfortably while a 5000°F flame is played on the other side.

COO-COO? Judge for Yourself (Jul, 1929)

COO-COO? Judge for Yourself

Can you originate a Coo Coo Contraption? If you are a Coo Coo Inventor, your ideas may earn you a prize check from Modern Mechanics! These Coo Coo’s below cashed in!

Entries in Modern Mechanics’ Coo Coo Contraptions contests continue to grow better and more numerous each month. If corporations have not already been formed to manufacture some of the devices that have been concocted by coo coo inventors, the Coo Coo Editor is seriously thinking of resigning to promote such a scheme among wealthy capitalists. Huge profits could be reaped, he believes, from the sale of some of the apparatus that has originated in the minds of some of the contestants.

TOMB It May Concern (Mar, 1960)

TOMB It May Concern

Warning to wives: Here is one way your husband can get the last word.


“BENEATH this stone my wife doth lie; She’s now at rest and so am I.”

That epitaph is typical of the stony, stony truth some of our lusty forefathers dared to broadcast whenever they won the fifty-fifty bet with their wives that they would survive to have the last word.



Swords collected from the various countries in which he has visited form the interesting collection of Richard Ames, Jr., Houston, Tex. He is shown above with some of his trophies.

Even the movie stars have their hobbies. Jeanette MacDonald collects small jeweled trinkets and novelties. She is shown here with a portion of her novel collection of porcelain and glass what-nots.