by DALE R. VAN HORN For entertainment at a party or after dinner you can't beat these simple tricks, performed with water and glasses. Though they may seem extremely easy, they will sure make spectators sit up and take notice. THE dinner was over. Talk lagged for a moment. Suddenly Dick, who was playing with his half emptied tumbler, said, "Who can float a needle on water?"
Flood Lights on Huge Aluminum Fins Make Fantastic Tower Ornament A MODERN skyscraper in Rochester, N. Y., surmounted by an unique illuminated decoration which spreads an aluminum sheen upwards like some huge, fantastic flower is the latest achievement of electrical engineers. The lighting system was designed to convert a water tower into an artistic and [...]
Science has invaded the home, much to the housewife's benefit. Here are seven new inventions that greatly reduce the labor of household tasks, leaving more time for leisure. This compact container holds a pint of auto polish in top, polish cloths in bottom.
Paper Coat Sheds Rain — Folds Up Into Small Package TWO distinct developments are represented in a new type of rain coat recently introduced in Hollywood. The first is in the line of convenience, the coat being collapsible, so to speak, into a small compact package that can be carried in the pocket. The second [...]
MORE than 3,000 young men athletes, representing over fifty nations at the Tenth Olympiad, at Los Angeles, in 1932, will be housed in two room structures built of paper composition on wooden frames. A minimum of 800 of these unusual houses is now being erected to form "Olympic Village," which will be the home of the contestants while they are attending the ancient games.
JUST as the horse has been ousted from the streets by the ubiquitous automobile, so the camel, for centuries known as the "Ship of the Desert," seems doomed, if the plans of a prominent engineer of Kiel, Germany, are carried into effect. These plans call for a monster motor vehicle which is intended to serve as an alternative to railways in undeveloped countries and to supersede the present methods of desert transport, heretofore almost monopolized by the camel.
ALEXANDER'S vacuum tube band is coming to town tomorrow, and perhaps the day after tomorrow Sousa's vacuum tube band will be playing on the Million Dollar Pier at Atlantic City while Mr. Sousa and his musicians are in the recording studios of a New York musical agency. For a new magic in music is about to be born that will make today's electronic reproduction sound like the rankest kind of cacophony by comparison. The new electronic band will breathe the breath of life; it will take on new color, new brilliance and a faithfulness that will permit it to escape once and for all the stinging criticism now levelled at it by our impresarios.
by GILSON VANDERVEER WILLETS Prize contests are always staged in the hopes that some definite object will be attained, whether it be increased business or the perfection of some scientific or mechanical achievement. In this article the world's foremost authority on prize contests tells how these have aided science. IT IS popularly conceived that prize competitions are conducted exclusively for the literati, or for those who enjoy solving puzzles and similar pastimes. Few persons realize that the history of scientific achievement is crammed with exploits of those who were inspired by monetary awards, which were nothing more or less than prize competitions.
THE advantages to be obtained from flying bombs are self-evident and the various nations of the world have been trying to develop these mechanically controlled, death dealing planes for the past many years. Every so often an article appears in a newspaper which indicates that France, England, Italy, or some other country has perfected an airplane which takes off, flies through the air for an appreciable time and lands without human hands touching either the airplane or engine controls.
CALIFORNIA walnut growers stamp a distinctive brand on choice holiday nuts by use of a unique automatic mechanical device which brands 30,000 pounds of nuts per day. The walnuts flow by gravity into a small metal hopper and are fed onto an endless conveyor of metallic plates, each having nine depressions arranged in a long row.
by ROBERT FRANCIS The growing industry of television is sounding its call for young men. Here is an article which tells how you can earn $5,000 to $20,000 a year in this new field. HORACE GREELEY was a wise and sanguine man. Long before the golden West was anything but a riot of natural beauty and a buried treasure of national wealth, he said, "Young man, go west and grow up with the country." Those young men who heeded his words lived to learn the value of his advice.
HARRY T. NELSON, a war-time aviator now living in Dallas, Texas, has recently developed a helicopter which has proved very successful in the model stage and which he believes to be a solution of the problem of vertical flight. One outstanding feature of the machine is the means of rotating the large horizontal propeller at the top.
A DEFINITE step towards the relief of traffic congestion on much travelled city thoroughfares by the construction of streets under streets is soon to be taken by the city of New York. When this stupendous project has been brought to completion the metropolis will have an underground lane for fast through traffic, a tunnel for local and express trains, all built underneath the surface street, which will be left for local traffic.
Sorting Trays Return Homeless Milk Bottles to Owners THERE are all kinds of detectives in the world, but the most novel to enter the field of crime is the “milk bottle detective,” whose job it is to round up all the lost, strayed or stolen bottles and return them to their rightful owner. These detectives [...]
ELEVATED trains whizzing at tremendous speed from city to city, powered solely by electromagnetic lines of force, is the new and startling method of rapid transportation now being developed by German engineers. A war against friction losses has long been waged by scientists; and this electromagnetic rapid transit project now promises to end the conflict. No wheels are to be used for traction. The cars are drawn forward, in one scheme by powerful electromagnets, in the other by huge solenoids.
PROTRUDING EARS? PRIMSETâ€”a simple and marvelous new method, sets them in natural position and improves appearance IMMEDIATELY. INVISIBLE, COMFORTABLE. HARMLESSâ€”can be employed any time without detection. Use corrects deformity quickly with children, eventually with adults. Endorsed by physicians as best known method for straightening ears. Complete outfit, guaranteedâ€”$3.00. U. S. residents can pay postman. U.S. [...]
Sadly, there are all too few surprise trapdoors remaining in operation today. Holdups Thwarted by Burglar Trapdoor IMPRISONING bank burglars by suddenly opening up a yawning pit at their feet is the somewhat unique and highly effective means which a recently invented burglar trap employs to nip holdup schemes in the bud. When a thief [...]
By Donald Gray Amazing beyond belief are the scientific tricks employed by modern spies to help them carry out their dangerous work without detection. All the resources of chemistry and mechanics, ranging from secret inks to marvelous enciphering machines, are made to serve the master spy, as set forth in this startling article.
Inflated Arm Bands Cut Hazards of Swimming Lessons THE hazards and effort involved in learning to swim are greatly reduced by means of the novel inflated arm bands, or “side wings,” recently introduced at Los Angeles beaches. Wearing these wings, the novice can venture into deep water without fear and can rest when exhausted. When [...]
by JAY EARLE MILLER Post and Gatty didn't fly around the world, according to Wilbur Glenn Voliva, they merely flew in a circle around the North Pole. This article presents Voliva's theory of a flat world, and tells you how you can win his offer of $5,000 for proving that he is wrong. WOULD you like to earn $5,000? If you can prove that the world is a sphere, floating in space, turning on its own axis, revolving around the sun, you can earn a prize of that amount. Such a prize has been posted for years, offered by Wilbur Glenn Voliva, general overseer of Zion, 111., home of the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church, founded some thirty years ago by the late John Alexander Dowie.
This looks like one of the first self-serve soda machines. Machine Supplants Soda Jerkers NOW comes the mechanical soda jerker. Drop your money in the slot, punch the button for the flavor you want, and the machine, shown below, does the mixing and shaking, delivering soda in a package. From Stannous: this would probably be [...]
Machine Gunner’s Job to Just Miss MACHINE guns are most commonly used nowadays to eliminate rival gangsters, but out in Hollywood there is a man, George Daly, who uses that formidable weapon for entirely legitimate purposes to entertain you in gang movies. His job, however, is to just miss, and in fifty cinema productions he [...]
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Hmm, for some reason I don’t think these ever really cought on. Clock Wakes Sleeper with Music THE violent hatred which humanity has for alarm clocks, especially around the hours of daybreak, may be mitigated somewhat by the invention of a combination phonograph and clock which awakens a sleeper with the strains of music from [...]