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Magic Carpet on the Water
A NIFTY new device for seashore capers is the Water Skipper, a veritable magic carpet that will skim the surface at speeds up to 35 mph. One operator and passenger can ride the small, sturdy and maneuverable boat. Constructed of marine plywood, the Skipper is four feet wide, seven feet long and seven inches thick.
Inventions Wanted!
TELESCOPING HEELS which could be lowered for tired tootsies or to please a short boy friend. R. F. Hom rich, Clawson. Mich. SIGNAL LIGHTS on back of big trucks which would tell motorist whether or not it's safe to pass. Fred Warner. North brook. Ill. RUBBER-BOTTOMED can wouldn't slide off or mar fastidious owner's paint job when polishing car. M. Traficanti, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Eye-Stoppers II
Eye-Stoppers WORLD’S ONLY life-size model of an oar fish, rarely-seen denizen of the deep, took San Diego museum four years to build. PRESENT FOR IKE. golf bag in form of Washington Monument has patriotic adornments. FANCY PANTS rooster, pet to a Michigan man, struts latest of a large selection of trews. ALL-WEATHER SPECS have chewing […]
Is There Life On Mars?
By G. Harry Stine Viking-Aerobee Operations Engineer White Sands Proving Ground AT THIS moment the planet Mars is swinging to within 35,400,000 miles of the Earth—about the closest it ever gets—and astronomers the world over are training their telescopes on it. They will be making drawings, photographs, and spectrographs of the surface details in order to find answers to some of the mysteries which surround the sun's fourth planet. With the advent of the space travel era almost upon us Mars will be receiving a lot of attention because, after the moon, it is certainly the next target in space for our up and coming space explorers. And there are a number of important questions about that planet which can only be answered by going there.
GABBY STAMP VENDOR being tried in Detroit has dial selector, recordings that say “Thank you” or urge bigger purchase.
He's Forever Blowing Bubbles
Nat Fisher's fluid for forming sudsy spheres may be the start of a $1,000,000 business. By Bob Willett BUBBLES FISHER is no strip-tease dancer as the name may imply—he is Nat Fisher of Hollywood, Calif., who says there are three things that will never die: marbles, tops and bubbles. Most Americans are familiar with Fisher's Billion-Bubble machines which he 'began manufacturing nine years ago. A standard attention-getter at fairs, conventions, theaters and department stores, Nat's bubbles have also become an important part of ice show, circus, nightclub and TV performances and his miniature plastic bubble-making machines are sold in novelty stores throughout the nation.
Laughing Glass
Laughing Glass Those malicious mirrors are no joke to Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company folks who make them. IF YOU really want a fun house mirror for your front hall, the place to write is Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, one of the few outfits in the world that make these roguish reflectors. Top grade glass and […]
Science Redesigns the Human Body
Some scientists, engineers and designers gripe about Nature's masterpiece and suggest a few improvements. By Lester David ON A golf course last Fall, a New York accountant took a healthy swing at the ball, fell to the ground— and couldn't get up. He spent the next nine weeks in a hospital. Slipped spinal disc. A mailman in Philadelphia was forced to turn in his resignation when fallen arches made walking unbearable. In Chicago, an office worker running for a bus suddenly crumpled to the ground. He hobbled to a stoop and sat until help arrived. Dislocated knee, the doctor said.
Lady Docker's Golden Chariot
English milady designed $50,000 car to help cheer up the toiling masses. BIRMINGHAM Small Arms Co., the owner of the famous Daimler auto works, has among its assets what might be called the world's most second-hand car. This ivory and gold confection, the only one of its kind, was dreamed up by Britain's Lady Nora Docker, built to her specifications and forever stamped with her personality. Whoever drives it now will hear people saying, "Look who's driving Nora's car!"
GARRULOUS MAILBOX on New York street answers questions about postal service via two-way communications system inside.