INVENTIONS WANTED! SPECIAL COMPARTMENT in medicine chest that locks to prevent little hands getting at harmful drugs. Bob Ewing, Mishawaka. Ind. LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC DOME to fit over bicycle would keep newsboy, papers dry in wet weather. Ronald Hale, Bloomfield, Conn. GLASS CUTTER with small emery stone on its topside to save Pop time looking for [...]
Teen-Age Smoke-Eaters SINCE the mass resignation of the adult volunteer fire department of Spencer, W. Va. (pop. 3,500), the town’s fire-fighting force has been manned by high school students who regard it as a school activity, resign after commencement. For 13 years Spencer’s fire chiefs have been youths who are natural leaders like John Lowther, [...]
Mi's prospecting expert gives you the lowdown on what to do when you make a lucky strike. By Harry Kursh THE last few years have seen the emergence of a new kind of lone adventurer in America, a type that is gradually replacing the old-time prospector with his whiskers, battered hat, pickax and pack burro. The new type is the sparetime prospector, an amateur geologist and enthusiastic "rock hound" who devotes vacations, weekends and every hour he can spare from his regular activities to searching for uranium and precious metals. Naturally, friends and neighbors think he's a little off his rocker—until he strikes it rich and retires to Florida.
Slightly different from google-foo Digital Dexterity Anyone can dance on his feet but only this fingerman of the French bistros can make his digits tango.
Brainstorming is the new, exciting system that turns your wildest ideas into profits. By Ardis and Kay Smith THE meeting of the engineering staff of the National Biscuit Co. in Buffalo began on a sour note. For the umpteenth time a coal crane fuse had blown on the company's Lake Erie loading dock, leaving the operator stranded on his perch above a 900-ton mountain of fuel, a long way from the fuse box. The usual din of machinery drowned out the distress signals he sounded on a klaxon.
Car-carrying coaches that enable the traveler to make a doorway-to-doorway visit across country may be the answer to the woes of the railroads. By Frank Tinsley FOR some years now the famous old "high-ball" sign of America's railroads has degenerated into an "eight-ball" as far as passenger traffic is concerned. Not that travel has fallen off. Actually, John Q. Public's well-known itching foot is itchier than ever. It is just that rail service has been dragging its brakeshoes and the traveler has turned to more convenient means of transportation.
The Prices' Trinkit, a jewelry enameling kit, turned them into big-time hobby makers. By Phil Hirsch BILL and Barbara Price were in a rut. Both of them had been department store buyers for three years. Now, in the spring of 1953, their jobs were beginning to pall. They wanted something a little more exciting to do. Their bank account amounted to $3,500. By investing the money in a business, Bill and Barbara could buy all the excitement they wanted. But instead, they gambled their savings on a trip to Europe, in the hope that the trip would produce a money-making idea.
WORLD'S LARGEST vehicle on rubber tires is 274-ft. six-sectioned LeTourneau Sno-Freighter. made for Alaskan snow trails. BOY'S BRAINCHILD is 14-year-old Sherwood Fuehrer's robot which lifts, lights up. says, "I am Gismo," may soon be walking. MOTORISTS' DELIGHT is new parking center in downtown San Francisco. Curving ramps take 1.200 cars to or from spaces.
"The first gas turbine car on the road in continental Europe," is the claim made by Fiat engineers for this sensational automobile. THE sleek, streamlined automobile shown here and on this month's front cover is continental Europe's first gas turbine car, say engineers of the famed Fiat works in Italy, who road-tested it recently after five years of development.
Simple parlor tricks will help you enjoy yourself— even if no one else does! First you can't, then you can inflate a balloon in a bottle. A straw in the bottle makes the difference. This trick is a fine one for showing the manly reins in your forehead. Get your friends to try to make a cork float free of the sides of a glass of water. They can't! But when water rises above the rim. surface tension created will hold the cork plumb in the center.