by ERNEST W. FAIR "Hot Oil," in the language of the oil fields, is stolen petroleum. A gigantic conspiracy among unscrupulous producers to loot the restricted Oklahoma fields of their black gold, through such elaborate mechanical methods as secret pumps, buried pipes, hollow cores in shut-off valves, etc., has just been uncovered by Oklahoma militiamen. A complete exposure of amazing secret methods is made in this gripping article.
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RANCID butter, or rather the chemical called butyric acid which bacteria form in fresh butter, is the newest cancer treatment reported in England by a famous surgeon. The acid of rancid butter is not to be eaten or injected but is applied directly to the cancerous growth.
Towering almost half a mile above the ground, dwarfing such gigantic structures as the Empire State Building and the Eiffel tower, a huge concrete tower 2300 feet high, surmounted with a beacon and built with a spiral ramp for autos to climb up its sides, stuns the imagination with its vastness. It is the design of the French engineer, M. Freyssinet, intended for the 1937 Paris Exhibition.
It works for sushi, why not groceries? Mechanical Grocery Store Walks Around the Customer INSTEAD of tiring herself out walking around the store and selecting what she wants from the shelves, the housewife who patronizes the newest type of grocery sits down comfortably while the store “walks around” her. Literally, of course, it doesn’t quite [...]
Information at Turn of Dial WORKING on the telephone dialing principle, London subways have installed a machine which gives passengers the location of a particular place, amount of fare, and platform from which train startsâ€”all at a mere turn of the dial.
I’m trying to imagine what a meeting of the stammerers guild would be like. In my my mind it’s tragically comedic. Not to mention, you’d think they could have chosen a more easily pronounceable name then “Stammerers’ Guild” Why Stammer? Sample Copy of “SPEECH” free Write for Free booglet “Helps for Stammerers” Stammerers’ Guild, 38 [...]
A most remarkable battle between a shark and an octopus has been photographed by a daring cameraman for the film, "Samarang"â€”(Out of the Deep). With his camera and equipment inside a diving bell, open at the bottom, the internal air pressure being sufficient to keep the water out at shallow depths, he placed a piece of meat in the water to attract the shark, the octopus already being in the vicinity. The battle which ensued between shark and octopus lasted twenty minutes, but it was quite one-sided.
Revolving Paddles Lift Odd-Style Plane Built entirely without propellers as such, but deriving lift from revolving wings which spin in windmill fashion, a unique auto-airplane invented by Paul Lewis, of Denver, Col., gives promise of portending a new trend of development. Principles of its construction are explained in these photographs and drawings. One of the [...]
And for the next 60 years, every desk in America would have a Rolodex. Filing Cabinet on Wheels THE last word in filing convenience is offered in a new revolving card file recently placed on the market. Compact, time-saving, the file turns at a touch of the finger and displays 1000 cards attached to ring. [...]
How to Motorize Your Velocipede A MOTORIZED velocipede will bring heaps of fun to a youngster. How this “motorization” may be effected is illustrated in the photo at the right. As you will notice, a small drive pulley is secured to the spokes of the wheel. A small 1/8th h.p. electric motor is next attached [...]
If it’s cold enough that you need to pull your nostrils open with a hook, I suggest simply wearing a scarf or face mask. Also, what do you do if you don’t wear glasses? Nosepiece Aids Breathing in Cold HERE’S a new slant on curing colds in the head. It’s a little adjustable hook which [...]
Something New in Midget Autos MIDGET car builders will take keen interest in the Lilliputian motor car shown below. Powered by a storage battery, the vehicle dashes about the streets of Berlin to the amazement of spectators. The car was designed by a German engineer for his son, who is seen taking his girl friend [...]
by THOMAS M. JOHNSON Amazing secret battles of spies and cipher experts, involving the use of codes and cryptograms on which hung the lives of millions of men in the trenches, played a vital part in determining the course of the World War. Kept secret for years in confidential archives, some of the startling exploits of American cryptographers are brought to light here. "The enemy has our secret code!" The dread tidings were whispered through the corridors of Washington; War Department, State Department, even the White House. They brought a cold chill of fear. Could it be that at the climax of the greatest fighting effort in our history, the Germans were reading our leaders' most confidential messages, knew their inmost thoughts and plans? We must stop that, at once.
Cocoanut shredder Fresh cocoanuts may be shredded with complete safety to hands by use of this new household utensil. Combination lawn lounge and settee can be wheeled to any part of lawn or beach. Does duty also as convalescent chair. Ideal for the bed-ridden is this two-legged table, suitable for use as a card table, bed table, tilted book rest, etc. Legs are adjustable to bring top to any height and angle desired.
by RAYMOND F. YATES Editor's note: Mr. Yates, the nationally known patent expert who conducts this department, will answer questions of readers desiring advice on how to secure patents, or methods of procedure, or on ideas for inventions, when such requests are accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Never send models, as they will not be accepted. Address Mr. Yates care of Modern Mechanix and Inventions, 529 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, Minn. 1. A Fortune in Earrings MANY millions of sets of cheap earrings are sold in the chain stores every year. Mechanically these things belong to the middle ages. They are held in place actually by two small set screws that not only irritate but also become loose and permit the earrings to drop off. If you do not believe me ask your wife or your girl friend.
Are those guys dressed like ghosts or is this the initiation for the KKK?
Home Beer Dispenser Keeps Foam Collar Under Control AT LAST science has done something really worth while. This something is the introduction of a “direct draft” beer pump which, the inventors claim, eliminates “wild beer,” controls the foamy collar, and delivers the so-called non-intoxicating fluid at the proper temperature. Shown at the left, the pump [...]
Iron Whale Swims Ocean Bottom Like Fish Denizens in the ocean depths may soon find prowling among their haunts a huge iron monster swimming with fishlike motions and bearing a close resemblance to themselves. This strange monster is to be built from plans devised by Herr Schiff, a German engineer, who has already constructed a [...]
Millions of horsepower of high-frequency electric energy, running "wild" in the air, may be the cause of mysterious disasters to aircraft, such as the loss of the Akron, the dirigible R-101, Knute Rockne's airplane, and scores of others. How these amazing currents affect not only airplanes but your body, your home, and any objects that fail in tune with them, is explained in this unusual article on the unseen menace from the sky. by BURTON MANFRED THE radio experts of the United States Navy have recently completed a series of astounding experiments, experiments that prove far beyond the shadow of human error that there is a new menace in the sky. Hour after hour, day after day countless thousands of horsepower of high-frequency electric energy is being pumped into the air by great radio stations and other high-frequency machinery which has become a part of our civilization. Only an infinitesimal speck of this prodigious output of energy is consumed by the radio receivers of the world. What happens to the rest? Does it become a wild and roving source of death and destruction or does it rush into the frigid voids of space never to return to the earth?
SEASICKNESS, that real terror of the sea, which often makes ocean travel an ordeal, is reduced 30 per cent by the development of a new type steamship bunk, inventors claim.
Of course if your enemy happens not to be exactly perpendicular to your mirror then they might start to wonder why there is a big, bright sun hiding in the bushes. Spaniard’s Mirror System Creates an “Invisible Army” NOW comes the most astonishing of military ideasâ€”that of rendering soldiers and artillery invisible by means of [...]