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Automatic Chicken-Plucker
If you want to see a rather disturbing, yet captivating, video that shows how insanely scaled up modern food-animal production has become, watch this clip from the movie Samsara. If you’d like a video with a more vintage feel, check out the amazing “This is Hormel” from the always awesome Prelinger Archives at Archive.org. Automatic […]
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"Hold That Pose"—Laddie Takes a Try at Photography
“Hold That Pose”—Laddie Takes a Try at Photography “STEADY, now—there!” That’s probably what this canine photographer shown above is telling Pussy as she is getting her picture taken for the family album. They are the best of friends and have long since disregarded the conventional “greeting” that usually ensues when a dog sights a cat. […]
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Costly Library Books Loaned to Readers in Film Rolls
CONTENTS of the original copies of valuable books are being filmed by many libraries throughout the country and the rolls loaned out instead of the books themselves. The reader may then study the material by reflecting it on a screen by a tiny projector that is loaned with the rolls. A roll is placed in a machine turned at the reader's convenience by means of a tiny handle.
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Street Signs Will Aid Tourists
I live in Portland, on Morrison St. actually, but I’ve never seen one of these. Street Signs Will Aid Tourists MOTORISTS need no longer crane their necks or flash on their spotlights at night attempting to discern a street’s name tacked high on a lamp post. At least motorists in Portland, Oregon, will not have […]
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Traveling Electric Light Plant Aids San Francisco Fire-Fighters
GENERATING a 10-kilowatt electric current, this traveling electric light plant shown below is the latest aid to San Francisco firemen. It provides enough current to efficiently operate five 1,000 watt searchlights, mounted on top of the truck. They can be turned in any direction and are of valuable use in night fires breaking out in tall buildings.
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Plane Drops Motor in Case of Fire, Then Lands as Glider
Plane Drops Motor in Case of Fire, Then Lands as Glider Danger of fire breaking out in an airplane engine in flight gives promise of being eliminated by the perfection of a new method of mounting motor and gas tanks which permits them to be dropped from the fuselage of the plane in case of […]
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Day or Night Deposit by Chute
Day or Night Deposit by Chute RECEIVING bank deposits and carrying them through a steel chute to the vaults, a day and night depository service has been inaugurated by a bank in Oakland, California. Built into the masonry, the chute is wired with burglar alarms and is safe from possible theft. Women may safely deposit […]
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Coo-Coo Concoctors Cop Cash
The popular Coo-Coo Contraptions contest closes with this issue to make room for other big contests. Winners in Contest No. 7 are announced below. See what you think of their fool devices! CONCOCTORS of Coo-Coo contraptions crashed through consistently in copping crates of currency for their prize-winning ideas in Contest No. 7, just ended. (After writing the above sentence, the Coo-Coo contest editor can easily be convinced that his monthly task of studying thousands of Coo-Coo contraptions has affected his mind some way or other.)
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Girls Dive Into a Pool of Oranges in Fete Competition
THREE tons of oranges recently floated in the municipal swimming pool of Anaheim, California, for the obstacle race put on in preparation for the selection of its representative in the annual Valencia Orange show held there. Almost a score of girls from Anaheim high school swam 200 feet through the floating fruit in the competition.
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Moving Animals of the Circus and Race Track Overnight
How valuable race horses and circus animals are transported from one place to another in record time. Airplanes, ships, trains and huge motor vans are used to carry captive beasts to site of next performance. "CLOSING in Chicago August 3rd. Opening in New York August 5th. Two weeks later, August 19th, opening in London........." So runs the schedule of a circus booking agent. And in these few scribblings in his notebook is entailed the most picturesque phase of circus life.
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Surgical Boots Help Baby Elephant Support His Weight
THIS TINY elephant at right—he is tiny for an elephant—is the baby of the Kensington Gardens Zoo in London. At the time the photo was taken he weighed close to 300 pounds and his legs were not yet strong enough to permit him to gambol about the zoo in healthy elephant style.
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This Novel Barber Chair Keeps Attention of Youngsters
This Novel Barber Chair Keeps Attention of Youngsters CHILDREN who have an aversion to getting their hair cut, rapidly overcome it when they see the special chairs that have been installed in a barber shop in Bisbee, Arizona. The chairs are turned easily and there are plenty of objects and levers to keep the child’s […]
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Building a "Tarzan" Tree Hut
IF YOU want to experience the sensation of a wild ride with the airmail, select a night when the weather man predicts "whoopee," don a helmet, goggles, leather jerkin, or what have you, and seat yourself in a swivel chair in the highest tree hut you can find. To help the imagination, take along a flash light and a book of airplane adventures. However, you won't need these after the storm breaks. Boy! Feel those air bumps! You zoom to get above the storm. You roll! You side slip! Then, crash!
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Mechanical Brains Take Over Work of Ten Office Clerks
A REGULAR ration of electric current, with occasional dessert of a little oil now and then, is all that this tabulating machine, shown above, requires to do the work of ten persons. A combination bookkeeper, adding machine, card sorter, cash register and computator all in one, the machine is operated by three people.
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New Glider to Soar With Sails
THE WORLD'S first sailplane, something new in gliding, has just been constructed by John Demenjoz of Bridgeport, Connecticut. This novel glider represents nearly a year of work. It has a 40-foot wing spread, is 30 feet in length, and altogether weighs less than 600 lbs.
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Junior High School Students Build This Model Dirigible
Wow, I think they got ripped off. That’s $9661 in 2011 dollars. Junior High School Students Build This Model Dirigible FLYING on a swivel under its own power, this model dirigible shown above was made by members of a class in aeronautics in Hamilton Junior high school, Long Beach, California. A vacuum cleaner fan and […]
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The "Why" of IT
Do you know the real reason why the toreador's red mantle angers the bull, or why the cross-wise seats are placed in the center of a street car? On these pages you will find the real scientific purpose for some of the simple things about which the average person has misconceived ideas.
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Builds Plane in Parlor While Neighbors Wonder at Noise
THE mystery of all the pounding and sawing neighbors heard in the home of Peter Lepicer, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was solved when he moved a two-seated monoplane which he built in his parlor. Workmen were required to tear part of the building away in order to get the plane out of the house.
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PATENTS ~ Nutty or Novel?
Believe it or not, every device illustrated on these pages has been granted a patent by the government. Nutty or Novel — which? Air-Filled Balloons Salvage Sunken Ships SEEKERS after sunken Spanish galleons loaded with pieces of eight will have to equip themselves with balloons in addition to horse pistols, cutlasses, and other piratical impedimenta if they are to be strictly up-to-date in the matter of ship salvaging.
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Back of the Scenes at the Sideshow
By King Deckert If you have ever attended a sideshow— and who hasn't?—you have looked at astonishing exhibitions and seemingly impossible feats and have wondered, "how do they do it?" King Deckert, an old-time trouper, explains in this fascinating article how the public is bunked. IN DARKEST Africa, the Voodoo witch doctor charges an admission and lets superstitious blacks view his weird collection of miracles; in more progressive countries, intelligent people pay their thin dimes every year to see "The Half Lady," "The Human Mermaid," "Oregon John," and scores of other "strange, strange people," who migrate from state to state during the summer months under the flamboyant banners of the sideshow.
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Under the Pole in a Submarine
by CAPTAIN SIR HUBERT WILKINS famous Polar Explorer "The greatest adventure in the world"—no milder sentence than this can adequately describe the daring plan of penetrating beneath arctic waters in a submarine, as set forth in these pages by Capt. Sir Hubert Wilkins, the famous Polar explorer who conceived the idea. Perilous and fantastic as the scheme sounds, the odds against the daring adventurers are not so formidable as the layman supposes.
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Coming Generation Is Growing Naturally Into the Idea of Flying
Alas, cats are not the same. I bought my cat a cardboard plane and he refused to ever get in it. Coming Generation Is Growing Naturally Into the Idea of Flying WASH tubs, wheel barrows, newspapers—in fact anything young children can lay their hands on—are being converted into transport planes, fighters and gliders of the […]
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Hoover's Decision Terminates Career of Presidential Yacht, Mayflower
Hoover’s Decision Terminates Career of Presidential Yacht, Mayflower WHEN President Hoover recently decided to forego the use of the yacht, Mayflower, shown in the photo below, to reduce national expenses $300,000 yearly, he again changed the status of a vessel that has known nothing but change in its 33 years of existence. Designed as a […]
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Floating Airports of the Sea
Ocean stepping-stones in the form of floating seadromes bid fair to cut down the hazards of trans-Atlantic flights. Regular airplane service across the Atlantic is brought a step nearer reality by the projection of plans for a series of floating landing fields which can be anchored at intervals of a thousand miles between America and Europe, affording a safe place for passenger carrying planes to come down for refueling and mechanical attention.
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Bernard Shaw's Rotating House Is an Aid to Health
A REVOLVING turntable is one of the factors in the splendid health of George Bernard Shaw, famous English author. At the age of 72, he is in the prime of physical condition and attributes it partially to his appreciation of sunlight. Mr. Shaw has a plan to keep the sun shining on him constantly while he works.
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English Driver Invents This Novel Three - Wheeled Pleasure Car
English Driver Invents This Novel Three – Wheeled Pleasure Car Constructed on the principle of a motorcycle, this three-wheeled automobile shown below attains a speed of 70 m.p.h. It was built in Kingston, England, by A. Graham, famous race driver. The circular doors are detachable for use during warm weather. Plenty of room is afforded […]
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Prop and Tiller CLUB HOUSE
By HI SIBLEY HAVING selected the site for this novel clubhouse, preferably in a more or less open space in backyard or vacant lot, stake off the floor plan and locate the tower foundation. Dig a pit about 5 ft. square and 18 in. deep and raise the four upright timbers, 4 by 4 in. by 17 ft. 6 in., one at a time by means of poles and ropes. When the first is up, guy it with four wires and by means of a plumbline see that it is absolutely vertical. When the second is up, secure this to the first temporarily by means of boards nailed diagonally, and so on with the other two.
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