Robots Answer All Questions HOW England’s mechanical men work was recently explained. A youngster wishing to know the location of a restaurant sees one of the mechanical men on a street corner. Approaching him, he presses a button on his tummy. Almost instantly lights stare from under the steel man’s heavy eyebrows and a deep […]
Re-Enacting a Race of the 80’s SAN FRANCISCO society girls recently staged an old fashioned bicycle race in front of the city hall. They are shown below as they lined up at the start. In order to make the contest realistic, they delved into dust-covered attics and produced clothes that were the last word in […]
NO LONGER a fantasy, a rocket to the moon may be fired before another 12 months have passed. Discussion of interplanetary navigation reached a climax recently in a meeting of European scientists in the convention of the Societie Astronomique of France where the Hirach-Pelterie prize of 5,000 francs was awarded to Professor Herman Oberth for researches in this field.
by JAMES N. MILLER Washington Correspondent The new Nicaragua Canal is to be 134 miles longer than the Panama Canal, now working to capacity. Route will cost a billion dollars and will utilize huge Lake Nicaragua. See the map below.
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NOISELESS milk trucks, steered with "joy sticks" like those used in the controls of an airplane, have been introduced in Los Angeles, California. They were recently put in operation, and persons living in the residential districts of the city are no longer roused from their slumber at an early hour by the creaking and banging on the pavement of the old type milk wagons.
It’s been a long time since writers who mentioned a penguin had to explain what one was. Penguins Move Enmasse on South Sea Isle to Guard Eggs COVERING every available piece of land on a small island in the South seas, hundreds of thousands of penguins, strange aquatic birds shown above, tend their eggs during […]
Still waiting… Postpone Irrigation of Sahara PLANS for turning the Sahara desert into a rich agricultural territory by means of diverting waters of the Mediterranean sea into depressions of the wasteland have been postponed for some time due to the death of the man whose idea and capital furnished the incentive. Dwight Braman, prominent American […]
This is a weirdly disjointed tale of William Beebe’s Dr. S. H. Williams attempt to find a “lost world” full of dinosaurs in what is now Guyana. Beebe makes constant reference to his guide/pack mule as “my black” or “my faithful black” yet never mentions the man’s name. He also gets quite upset with his […]
Winning a Hazardous Bet Driving Car on Shaky Cables DRIVING his automobile, stripped of its tires, over cables 100 feet high and ],000 feet long, a man in Germany recently won a sizable bet from a group of friends who dared him to attempt the feat. He sped across the yawning gulch, over which the […]
“They’re Off!”â€”Thrills of the Turf in Ostrich Racing FLOWING ostrich plumes once decked the helmets of gallant knights. Later, they were worn prominently on the hats of gay cavaliers. Today the quill feathers of their wings and tails are used principally by women for hats and fashionable apparel. But ostriches are raised in great numbers […]
Ten-Pin Boys’ Work in Bowling Alley Done by Machine A BOWLING alley with essentially no difference from a regulation type is in operation in Germany equipped with a machine that not only does the work of the ten-pin boy but also registers the count of the games and keeps the players’ scores separate. The machine […]
Ships Self in COFFIN to Get Into Movies CHARLES LOEB’S unique way of trying to get past the guards of a moving picture studio for a chance to break into the movies nearly cost him his life recently. The comedian had himself expressed in an especially prepared coffin from Chicago to Hollywood. The outside of […]
CHARGING the soil with electricity as it is being plowed is the newest form of fertilization. The largest farm in Illinois, 13,645 acres in a single tract, is treated in this manner. The plow and apparatus used are shown at left. In addition to bringing an improved yield of crops the electric current kills harmful insects and weeds as it flows through the soil.
It’s a good thing this clock was unsuccessful, otherwise war rooms would look a lot less cool. If you walk into a room that has clocks for New York, Berlin, Moscow and Bejing on the walls, you know you are someplace important! Swedish Clock Tells Time of Cities Anywhere on Globe THE exact time, day […]
The popular Coo Coo Contraptions Contest is drawing to a close. The announcement of Contest No. 8 winners will be followed by one more contest. No. 9 will be the last. The urgent need of space has forced the Editors to discontinue this interesting feature. Get going!
This Trained Monkey Spends Most of Time in His Master’s Workshop TINKERING with tools has earned this trained monkey at left the title of “house carpenter” on the estate of Cherry Kearten, famous African explorer and authority on animals. The chimpanzee was brought back from Africa after one of his expeditions and tamed and trained. […]
IF A person desires to appear in a portrait with a healthy glow of tan, Preston Duncan, Hollywood photographer, satisfies that desire by using a special lamp that sheds a golden ray of sunburn over the subject when the picture is being taken. The ray is produced so that it registers perfectly on the negative. The color is contained in the glass plate through which the light is shown.
Novel Use for Old Razor Blades UTILIZING old safety razor blades to cut grass, the inventor of this sickle designed it so that it folds up like a jack knife, thus protecting the sharp edge. The old razor blades are slipped into a groove and tightened by small screws. If one of the blades is […]
First Girl to Tour World by Auto FRAULEIN Clairenore Stinnes, daughter of the late German steel magnate, claims to be the first girl to attempt a round-the-world tour by automobile. She started her trip from Berlin, Germany, in May, 1927, and is now winding up the last lap of her journey. The photo shown below […]
Twice as large as any building now standing, designed to cover two city blocks and to contain 4,000,000 square feet of floor spaceâ€”such are the dimensions of Chicago's new Merchandise Mart. New York, also, is erecting two new giant skyscrapers. THE world's largest building, the Merchandise Mart, under construction in Chicago, is a project which staggers the imagination. It is actually double the size of any building now standing. It will contain 4,000,000 square feet of space, twice that of any other. It will occupy two entire city blocks and will be 18 stories high overall, with a six story tower additional, making it 24 stories at the top.
A dirigible balloon, run by foot power with bicycle drive, is being built by a Vermont inventor. INTEREST in aviation is by no means exclusively confined to light airplanes, as is demonstrated by the number of letters contributed to Modern Mechanics' Shop Mail Box in which the writers inquire as to the possibility of constructing a small dirigible balloon which can be operated by man power. A dirigible powered with a bicycle, as depicted in the drawing above and as shown on the cover of the magazine this month, is under process of construction by Ray Fraser, of Brattleboro, Vermont. As planned by Mr. Fraser, the bag of his balloon will be 30 feet long by 15 feet in diameter.
Automatic Betting Board Ousts ‘Bookie’ From Race Track Practically eliminating the “bookie” of the race track, this automatic totalizer shows the betting odds on all horses racing, the total of races won and lost, and all details necessary to make a bet. The huge board is operated electrically from central controls, where reports of the […]
New Billfolds Necessary as Result of Change in Currency WITH the recent change in size of the currency of the United States comes the consequent revisal in the design and size of wallets and billfolds. The new bills have been reduced in length from 7-38 inches to 6-3/8 inches. The width has been shortened from […]
Ever get tired of the monotony of your jobâ€”weary of doing the same old tasks in the same old way? So do other folks, and as shown in the photos on this page, some of them adopt unusual methods of injecting a bit of fun into the job of tiring. Whether it9s a basket - balancing contest or a peanut - pushing race, a bit of sport helps to take the edge off the daily grind.
So apparently men like blondes better because they have lower blood pressure? Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes IF THE much discussed statement that “gentlemen prefer blondes” is true, then perhaps it is because they are steadier workers. At least, that is what a recent test made with movie stars as subjects tends to show. In a […]
Remember, if it’s in Modern Mechanix magazine, then it must be true! “Home James!” – Chimpanzee Acts as Owner’s Chauffeur STEP on it, I’m late for dinner.” That’s what the owner of this car at left tells his pet chimpanzee, who can really drive the automobile in a capable style and understands directions perfectly. James, […]
I think they might be missing a few issues here… A Subway Through the Sahara A tunnel railway beneath the shifting Sahara desert sands of northern Africa, covering the thousand miles between Morocco and Timbuktu, is proposed by a French engineer as a solution of desert travel. COINCIDENT with the project of a tunnel under […]
Stencil Is Used to Tan Name or Initials on Bathers’ Skin FAIR bathers may initial their skin this summer with a “paint” that only time will erase, if they so desire. Stencils, in which the name or initials of the owner are cut, are held or taped on the skin. The stencil is easily made […]
Of course when it is full that thing would weigh 175lbs. Huge Kettle Affords Tea Room Customers Hot Stimulant THERE is an old saying that an Englishman can’t do without his tea. The manufacture of this huge kettle shown at left seems to bear this out, for it was made for the purpose of being […]