In this installment of this series of articles, the author presents some new problems for inventors. The right solutions and subsequent exploitations should bring the designers wealth and fame. By Raymond Francis Yates DURING the two years that I have been writing this department for Mechanics and Handicraft, many hundreds of letters have been received from readers.
A project you can complete in one evening By PAUL HADLEY HERE is another novelty article which will be appreciated by the home craftsmen who like to work with such projects; it is simple enough in construction to be classed as a "one-evening" job. The two high - backed black cats support between them a round-topped foot rest, which is covered with cloth upholstering.
Catching Cold for Science TO revolutionize present heating and air-conditioning methods, scientists are studying body heat radiation, methods of heat loss and skin sensitivity. The photo below shows a human guinea pig, his feet in “ankle boxes,” where drafts of various temperatures, humidity and velocity, are played. Skin temperatures are recorded to determine just how [...]
For some reason when I first saw this I thought that the guy skiing in the robe was the pope. SKIING ROBE—INDOOR SKI TRAILS ONE of the latest innovations for skiing, exhibited at the Winter Resorts during the past season, is the robe shown here. This serves a dual purpose. With the wind behind the [...]
“Slums” New Suntrap Apartments Homes where everyone will get his share of sunlight, with roads and gardens elevated well above street level, are shown in model form at the Modern Architectural Research Group Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London, England. The occupants of these apartments will get their full measure of daylight regardless of [...]
Why do Diving Rods, Psychic Motors, Ouija Boards, Gold Finding Bobs, Sex Detectors and similar pieces of apparatus function with remarkable results in the hands of some operatives, yet science has proven that these things are fakes? FOR hundreds of years, people have purchased all sorts of mystic devices for the purpose of foretelling their futures, or jim-cracks intended for the location of oil, water and precious metals. A common form of mystic locating device is a forked witch-hazel twig, commonly called a devining rod which, in the hands of an operator generally called a "bowser," has been used for centuries for the location of water. In later years its operatives encompassed wider fields and used the divining rod for locating oil, precious minerals, lost articles, lost airplanes, and even the bodies of people drowned in lakes.
“Dressmaker’s Form” Easily Duplicated FOR the many people desirous of designing their own clothes or who have a figure that does not conform to “standard” or “ready made” sizes, this new type of dress form, invented by a Miss Cora Smith, should be ideal. With Miss Smith’s system it is merely necessary to swathe the [...]
Not with bombs, bullets or blood-shed is the present World War raging Instead the nations of the world are disseminating propaganda by radio France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, England and even the United States are intensifying their radio campaigns. Each nation objects to the direct verbal assaults issued against it by the other nations partaking in this feud. The newspaper clipping at the right is only one of hundreds found in the daily press.
DR. WILLIAM WASHINGTON GRAVES, medical scientist of the University of St. Louis, has made the unique discovery that the scapulae or shoulder-blades tell whether man is potentially healthy, longer lived and more disease resistant than his fellow-man. Dr. Graves has come to the conclusion that persons having the convex-type of shoulder blades have a better chance in life than those who have straight or concave scapulae.
Tree Trunk Rings Pagan Bell THE hammer of this huge bell at Nara Park, Japan, is a rope suspended tree trunk. It is pulled back, then let go. The bell ringer pulls it back and when he releases his hold, the huge clapper swings under its own weight against the side of the gong.
Millions of dollars are annually lost to the "short weight" merchants and to those dispensing foodstuffs in "phony" boxes and packages. WHEN Mr. and Mrs. Buying Public purchase tickets to a show to observe the magician pull rabbits out of a hat, they fully expect to be fooled; they enjoy the trickery even if they are made parties to it; but when this same couple goes to the market to purchase meat at so much a pound, they object strenuously if the man behind the counter slips an 8-ounce sinker into the fowl before he weighs it.
THE only practice the average G-man, detective or law enforcement officer gets with his pistol, rifle or submachine gun is against a wooden target which pops into view or on a stationary bull's-eye, where one has plenty of time to level the sights. In either case the target never fights back.
Riot Car Shoots Water, Bullets or Poison Gas ON the cover of the current issue appears our artist’s conception of a riot car just patented by Victorino L. Tunaya, of Brooklyn, New York. This vehicle is provided with a number of discharge nozzles through which powerful streams of water or liquid gas can be projected [...]
Joseph Dunninger, celebrated "mentalist" and magician, whose articles appear exclusively in this publication, is the world's foremost society entertainer, and has appeared before more celebrities than any of his contemporaries. Among those he has mystified are President Franklin D. Roosevelt, ex-Presidents William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Herbert Hoover and Theodore Roosevelt, H. R. H. Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIM), Thomas A. Edison, etc. THE weird and astounding effect created by the mystery here described is truly remarkable. Representing a "psychic" manifestation, the trick is far more impressive than many of the better conjuring problems.