LOOPING the loop on a roller skate sled holds no terrors for Fred A. Deline, Los Angeles acrobat. Mr. Deline, who often doubled for the late Lon Chaney when the movie script required the services of an acrobatic stunt man, straps a four-wheeled sled to his back, shoulders and legs.
A BOSTON dentist has discovered a new sort of "anesthetic," in the form of motion pictures, which he claims is so effective that patients refuse to leave the chair at the conclusion of their dental work.
I’m your best friend – I am your Lucky Strike I am a better friend than others, for I am made only of mild, fragrant, expensive center leaves. Not a single sharp top leaf nor a single coarse bottom leaf mars my good taste or my uniform mildness. I do not irritate your throat. I [...]
AMERICA'S first daily cross-country sleeper-bus, a luxury home on tires, recently ushered in "nite-coach" service between Los Angeles and Kansas City. Designed to make long-distance travel more enjoyable for the passenger, the new Greyhound bus boasts many features. Berths for 25 persons are found in each of the fleet of coaches. There are five compartments equipped with radio, mirror, hot and cold running water and a portable table. Entrance to the bus is made at the right center, but unlike yesterday's vehicle, an aisle running the entire length of the coach is provided along one side.
3-Ton “Brain” Is Problem-Solver THE largest and keenest “mechanical brain” in the world was exhibited recently for the first time at the University of Pennsylvania. Weighing three tons, the mechanism can solve complex problems in one-sixth of the time usually required by human mathematicians. The novel machine has ten “integrators,” each of which is set [...]
THE "bullet-flash," most radical idea in railroad design since the recent advent of streamlining, has just been conceived by a Swiss engineer. Based on electro-magnetic principles, the new ball-shaped iron horse is expected to roll on standard-size rails at a speed as high as 300 m.p.h.
Europe is preparing for war. Her people are being drilled to use gas masks and to fight poison gas air raids. Will deadly gas wipe out American cities, destroy U. S. armies? Here are an expert's views on this "bogey man" of war. by CAPTAIN GEORGE J. B. FISHER, Chemical Warfare Service, U. S. Army, as told to James Nevin Miller ENORMOUS cities blanketed with death-dealing gas fumes. Citizens rushing about in panic as enemy planes roar overhead. Thousands of lives snuffed out in a few minutes. Countless humans coughing and screaming with fear, fighting among themselves to reach subterranean gas-proof cellars. This is the terrifying picture so frequently painted by fiction writers, the movies, and the sensational press about the horrors of poison gas in the next war.
I actually just bought one of these for my desk at work. Harmless Fan Has Ribbon Blades SILK ribbons, held in loops, form the blades of a harmless electric fan recently demonstrated at the Industrial Arts Exposition in New York. The ribbons give a standard pitch when rotating and are said to be able to [...]
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WHAT is claimed to be the only theater in the world offering talking picture entertainment for the deaf is now operating in Chicago. Hearing is made possible by an "oscillator" which literally enables the hard-of-hearing to "listen" through their bones. Every seat in the Chicago theater is equipped with the new device.
FEW people realize, even today, how important a part America played in the greatest drama in history, the Five Year Plan of Soviet Russia. This octopus-like rebuilding program, which provided mighty power plants, towering steel mills, and humming factories surpassed in size only by the American plants after which they were patterned, was brought to a highly successful conclusion in 1932. The second Five Year Plan of the U. S. S. R., now half-completed, calls for more factories and more machines, but stresses the production and consumption of Soviet-made goods.
ELECTROMAGNET Drives VIBRATING JIG SAW ONE of the most useful of all power tools for the home workshop, yet perhaps the easiest to make, is the vibrator type electric jig saw. You may use such a saw to cut intricate patterns in wood as thick as 1/2-inch, or as thin as 1/16-inch. The great speed [...]
GIRO-Automobile FLIES Without WINGS The wing-less autogiro and the invention of a combined land and air drive makes the dream of the flying auto come true. FLYING automobiles are within reach of the public today as a result of a dual drive for land or air invented by Edward A. Stalker, of Ann Arbor, Mich. [...]
A COLLAPSIBLE bicycle trailer which can be converted into comfortable sleeping quarters has been built by Joseph Do-rocke, 25-year-old Chicago youth. With it he intends to make an 8-months bicycle tour of America, retiring at night in his ingenious sleeping compartment.
“AN OPERATION MAY SAVE THIS CHILD” “…and I had no money” A man can knock along on what he’s making until something happens! Then when the emergency comes and the money he hasn’t got could do so much, the cold realities of life haunt him. “I know what I am talking about! Til never forget [...]
Seeks 300 m.p.h. With Motorcycle Powered By Auto Engine THREATENING to smash all existing motorcycle speed records, Fred Luther, Los Angeles racer, has just completed assembling an unique motorcycle which he claims will exceed 300 m. p. h. Powered by a six-cylinder Plymouth automobile engine with fan end generator removed, his special racing job is [...]
Birds Hit With Bullets of Light BULLETS of light instead of the usual lead shot are being employed by Chicago’s sportsmen in a new trapshooting game. The sport, which is said to be absolutely noiseless, may be played in an ordinary hall. It is held to be a valuable aid in perfecting marksmanship. Photo-electric cells [...]
Figures Prove You Lose $300 If Letter Chain Is Unbroken You can’t lose,” said the chain letter fans, I but Dr. C. R. Fountain, of Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., estimated that everyone would lose at least $300. Each one in the dime chain expected to receive more than 15,000 dimes. “In order to bring that [...]
WOULD you like to know how the color in a Walt Disney Silly Symphony or in "La Cucaracha" is obtained? Have you ever wondered how a motion picture film, in which each picture is about the size of a postage stamp, is colored so it can be magnified 35,000 or more times and still retain the beautiful coloring of a Silly Symphony?
Even Baby Buggy Is Streamlined STREAMLINING, which has invaded the automotive industry and revolutionized railroad design, has at last been felt by the manufacturers of baby carriages. A stormproof, streamlined perambulator recently was exhibited at an industrial fair in London.
Magnets Detect Smuggled Weapons SMUGGLING of weapons into prisons is eliminated by the new secret weapon detector. As soon as a person with a gun passes between twin electric magnets mounted on stands, a light and buzzer issue warnings.
Automat Swaps Candy for Bottles TO INSURE the return of empty milk bottles and eliminate the cost of replacements, an automat has been devised which dispenses candy and gum in exchange for “empties.” Shaped and painted like a huge milk bottle, the container has a capacity of 60 bottles. The empty bottle is placed on [...]