Tall Men No Longer Cut Off View VIEW of football and baseball games or shows shut off by the tall man or woman wearing a hat in front should not bother spectators any longer with the device pictured at the left. The instrument works on the principle of the periscope with a mirror in each [...]
New Automatic Device Answers Phone, Records Message PAUL H. ROWE, a Los Angeles sound engineer, has perfected a nearly human robot that answers his telephone perfectly when he is out. The ringing of the telephone bell starts this ingenious machine operating, and whatever the caller says is received by a microphone and recorded. When Rowe [...]
TRACK Barrier LEADS AUTO Devices A LIFE SAVER BARRIER which rises automatically out of the roadway to stop approaching autos as a train reaches the crossing is designed to prevent future grade crossing accidents. The barrier rises 4 inches when the train is 20 seconds away, but cars can still get across. At the 10 [...]
The U.S. issued a rather nice Garbo stamp in 2005. Will Sweden Issue “Garbo” Stamp? IN a recent contest conducted by a Stockholm newspaper for a new Swedish postage stamp design, one contestant submitted this design bearing the likeness of Sweden’s famous daughter, Greta Garbo. If the design meets with official approval, it will be [...]
Flaming dynamite and exploding mortars are the chief tools of the fireworks expert. In this vivid, intimate story one of the aces of the fireworks army takes you behind the scenes to reveal, for the first time, the thrills and dangers of his roaring trade. MILLIONS of Americans thrill yearly to the glittering wheels, flaming rockets and spectacular bombs of the giant fireworks displays; but the men who fire them are the men nobody knowsâ€”the world's most mysterious showmen.
Australians Ride Side by Side on “Bicycle Built For Two” IN Australia an odd “two-seater” bicycle has been invented by Hubert Opperman, famous distance cyclist. The seats are fitted side by side instead of the tandem style commonly used. Two seats, two pedal hangers, and two handlebars are mounted on a frame made of steel [...]
Modern cars have become engines of destruction in hands of unsafe drivers. Here is the story of what science is doing to rate drivers' abilities and make streets and highways safe. by JOHN C. HARPER THIRTY thousand peopleâ€”one every fifteen minutesâ€”were killed by automobiles in the United States last year. During the same period 850,000 others were injuredâ€”an amazing average of one casualty every thirty seconds of the entire year. In the hands of the unsafe driver, the modern automobile has become a terrible engine of potential destruction. Speeds of 80 and 90 miles an hour are virtually standard in all present cars; yet a speed only slightly higherâ€”100 miles an hourâ€”was condemned last year by the rules committee of the Indianapolis Speedway as having "gone beyond the physical limitations of the track for safe driving."
Expert Tastes Soap for a Living TESTING soap by taste is one of the chief duties of Joseph Strobl, chief soap maker for a Los Angeles company. He samples the cooking product much like an expert chef. Chemical tests take too long at critical stages and are said to be less accurate than Strobl’s tongue.
I’m going to be redesigning this site soon and I wanted to ask for suggestions. What do you find annoying? What would you like changed? Added? The biggest complaint thus far seems to be that the white on grey text is hard to read. Also, are there particular kinds of scans you’d like more of? [...]
by EARL CHAPIN MILLIONS of dollars are taken from the public by clever operators of the smaller sideshows and carnivals who have capitalized upon the American love for games of chance. Cries of "Try your luck" still meet with ready response despite the fact that one might as well back a three-legged horse to win the Derby as to buck the carnival games and gyp wheels. But the gullible bystander persists. He believes that luck and the law of averages has something to do with it-and he's right; but the luck is all with the operator. The player doesn't stand a chance. He can't win because the games are set against him.
A Machine just recently developed not only sterilizes, fills, and caps milk bottles, but actually makes the bottles. Everything is automatic and the filled milk bottle can be turned out at a cost of less than one cent. A paper container used for the milk as many novel features. Sturdy construction permits it to be [...]
Great strides have been made in reducing the size of Mechanical “Willies” in the last 70 years. Mechanical “Willie” Combines Crooning With Housework CROONING in mellow baritone on command and manipulating a vacuum cleaner with almost human skill, “Mechanical Willie,” laboratory robot, may prove a novel servant. The product of Westinghouse engineers, Willie salutes, raises [...]