Then frat-boys realized they could use this very technique to get their drunk friends to piss themselves and college never smelled the same again. Hot Water Cure for Insomnia A NEW way of curing insomnia by hot baths to the arms only instead of to the whole body has been devised by a German physician. [...]
by Raymond F. Yates Andrew Carnegie, the great steel king, once said that it is upon trifles that the greatest gifts of the Gods often hang. This is especially true in the field of invention. Ofttimes it is the simple ideas, such as those outlined here, that make the biggest fortunes. Get busy— see what you can do.
THE latest aid for the expedition of bridge games is a machine which shuffles and deals hand of cards to the players. An interior and exterior view of the table is shown below.
THE progress of television has long been retarded by the lack of an efficient light source which could react instantaneously to the fluctuations of incoming radio currents and at the same time be powerful enough to project the image upon a large theatre screen.
I’m going to guess that freckle used to be synonymous with mole. Otherwise, this could take a while. Also, I love the assumption that readers are all white. Freckles Frozen Off With Dry Ice FREEZING off freckles by means of pencils of compressed carbon dioxide snow, often called “dry ice,” is a new method of [...]
Fishermen Now Radiophone to Families DEEP sea fishermen spend a large portion of their lives isolated on the ocean, out of touch with land for days and days on end. A new two way radio telephone, especially designed, for installation in fishing boats has now broken down this barrier of space, permitting the sailors to [...]
Screening Fierce Battle in Drop of Water YOU might not believe it, but ferocious and cannibalistic battles are staged every moment of the day in the drops of water that make up the rivers, lakes and oceans of the world. A few of these battles are to be brought to the screen for the amusement [...]
FEATS of strong men all remind usâ€”" no, that's wrong as far as quoting poetry is concerned! What we do want to say is that brains â€” not strength â€” is the prime need for all these stunts we see performed almost every day. Take the case of a small 100-pound girl. She can resist the efforts of the strongest man who strives to lift her from the floor by getting him to place both his hands on her waist. Unnoticed and quite unconsciously her right hand rests on his left wrist and her left on the jugular vein region of his neck. With a slight outward pressure of the left hand and a gentle pressure downward with the right, the strong man's strength is deflected.
GERMAN engineers have recently proposed the building of novel "roller coaster" railways for use on short runs between cities and suburbs. The ingenious yet simple construction of this railway, which literally gets its power from falling down hill, is well shown in the accompanying drawing. Each waiting station is elevated forty or more feet in the air, and passengers are lifted to the platform in an elevator. The train, consisting of two or three cars, awaits them on a level stretch of track beside the station.
Century Old Lady Robot Writes Letters, Draws Pictures ROBOTS are not strictly a modern invention. At the left is seen “Miss Automaton,” a robot doll over a hundred years old. When a motor is geared to its mechanism, which is located under the table, the doll writes letters and draws pictures with a pen which [...]
Stilt Walker Comes Down to Earth WHEN Donald Pletsch, a veteran stilt-walker, grew tired of being a mere long-legged pedestrian he decided to come down closer to earth, so he built himself a pair of one-wheeled skates from the remains of a coaster wagon. Walking on them appears to be a simple feat, but try [...]
HAVE you ever bumped your head while getting into or out of an automobile? If so, you undoubtedly will be greatly interested in a recent invention coming from England. The Riley Lincook cars so popular in Britain, are now equipped with automatic trap doors in their roofs, as shown in the photo on the right.
by RICHARD COKE The author's adventures as a "ghost detective," ferreting out the secrets of fraudulent mediums, led him to the discovery of the ingenious methods of creating phantoms which he describes in this article. Using these simple stunts, much fun can be had at house parties, and you can easily convince your guests that you are in private communication with the supernatural. WHEN Eddie called me up from the "Times" office, and asked me to come along to Madame Y's "Wednesday night circle," of course I accepted the invitation. For over fifteen years I've been spook hunting, but with no material success. When spooks have rattled tin cans in a cabinet in imitation of a "Model T," I've always found that the spooks had bone and muscle. When nebulous images have appeared on photographic plates, I have always found the foggy patches due to exposure to X-rays, radio-active salts, or maybe to a tiny pin-hole in the bellows of the camera.
Wow, it’s pretty hard to imagine a time when copper was cheaper than paper. Write Letters on Copper “Paper” ARIZONANS have thought up a clever idea for getting rid of the surplus copper mined in the state. They are making the metal do duty as paper, and writing business and personal letters on it. The [...]
SLEEPING in the clouds has nothing on the "bubble bath," the latest novelty in the way of health gadgets. This device consists of a waterproof electric motor and pump, which connects with a series of long perforated metal tubes placed in the bottom of the bathtub. Air emitted from these tubes causes the water in the tub to bubble and splash like a miniature surf.
DO YOU want to compare your strength with that of your friends? If you do, here are eight different methods, all simply executed, that will bring into play every muscle of the body. Master these feats and you can hold your own with men of much greater bulk, because they will have failed to develop the distinct muscles brought into use in each of eight separate tests.
SPEEDBOATS have for many years been the subject of attack by inventors. Many of the so-called "solutions" are merely brainwaves such as wheels in water for the boat to run on and so on. The readers of Modern Mechanix and Inventions will immediately recognize something rational in the above solution, which is a development of existing elements, put together in a new way so as to achieve new comforts, new speed and utter dryness.
Milady Can Now Make Up in Auto HAVING in mind the feminine weakness of always desiring to look pretty, inventors have devised a special accessory for automobiles which permits milady to do make-up jobs right in the car. The device consists essentially of a mirror which may be detached and brought up close to the [...]
If you are an honest, law-abiding citizen, you can't buy a sub-machine gunâ€”but if you're a gangster you'll have no trouble. The author tells here how the underworld carries on an amazing secret traffic in machine guns and other deadly weapons. by STERLING GLEASON FOUR men walked down a busy city street. Except that their right arms hung rather stiffly at their sides, their appearance would have attracted no attention anywhere.
Robot Introduces Banquet Speakers and Makes it Snappy RECOMMENDED for speakers tired of the general run of chairmen is a new robot speaker created by Prof. William Beard of the California Institute of Technology, at Pasadena. Prof. Beard takes the robot with him to lectures, sets it beside him, and the phonograph within the robot [...]
YOU haven't exhausted all the possibilities of sled construction till you've made this little gadget. It's nothing more than a chair mounted on a pair of runners, but the fun it provides is endless. First lay hands on a pair of old sled runners and secure to them, in the position shown, the strap iron braces. To these are bolted the chair, which may be of the kitchen variety. On the stern of the runners nail a pair of blocks.
Good money can be made at carnivals and in advertising stunts for local merchants with a sawed off bug made from Model T Ford parts. This article describes the changes that are necessary for making the entire conversion, ready for use. AN ATTRACTION that is sure fire always makes a good advertising medium. This converted Model T Ford, or Comedy Ford, can be very easily built, and is a profit maker for any man who has a little ingenuity in selling its uses. It can be used to carry labels, or to give thrilling joy rides about town, or to provide a freak set of thrills on any country fair race track.
YOU skating fans who suffer from cold hands and feet in bitter cold weather, when your sport is best, will perceive instantly the service this sled-stove can do you. It can be transported anywhere, and will be well worth whatever effort you may put into it. In the sled shown, an ordinary air-tight stove was used, the legs of which were removed. On the inside a three-inch layer of sand is put down for insulation purposes. The stove was then mounted on a bob-sled which measured seven feet long and fifty-eight inches wide. This arrangement permits the stove to be hooked on the back of a car and hauled to any desired point.
This new contrivance attaches to a milk bottle and converts it into a convenient little pitcher for the dining table. At right is seen Mr. "Pickadoodle," who bends down and with his magnetized beak picks up pins or wire clips. His feet are springs. Here's the new "Tell-U-How" cocktail mixer which shows you ingredients for your favorite drinks, and measures contents.
Too Much Nudism Is the Bunk ARGUMENTS for last summer’s fad of nudism based on the theory that the absence of clothes is good for health, are exploded editorially in the New York City medical periodical, American Medicine. Reasonable exposure of the skin to air, sunlight and the water of rivers or the sea has [...]
When you shudder at the sight of frightful characters in horror movies, it is usually the makeup man who is responsible for your thrills. Read here how he creates actors that terrify you. by JAMES BOWLES FROM the depths of an ancient casket a bony and shriveled hand stretched back across history thirty-seven centuries to snatch a scroll from a terror-stricken actress. Deep, gray lines of age streaked the hand. Dust fell from ancient fingers. Yet it moved, actually grasped the parchment, and disappeared from the screen. Outside the camera angle sat Boris Karloff. It was his hand whose antiquity the camera revealed, a hand "mummified" earlier in the morning by Jack Pierce, movie make-up expert, who recently produced a living mummy in the person of Karloff, complete in 1500 feet of rotted cloth bandages, wrinkled skin, closed eyes and the yellow hair of a person dead many centuries.
by DICK COLE Here's something distinctly new in the way of midget autos. Powered by a battery of rubber bands from old inner tubes, it will cover a distance of three miles at a surprising clipâ€”and on one winding. Seated at the wheel you'll be the envy of all the youngsters in town. Be there the boy with soul so dead, Who to himself has never said: "Gee, I wish I had a baby auto." THIS article will make those wishes come true. Here is a nifty looking baby with clutch, two forward speeds and reverse, and Free Wheeling. The design is simple; the materials are cheap; which brings the building of this miniature car within the scope or the average mechanically minded boy's pocket book.