SPEEDOMETER ON BACK OF CAR IS GARAGE AD Installing a monster speedometer in the back of a car, as illustrated above, so that its reading will be plainly visible from the rear, is the latest way of advertising garage service. A legend on the dial reads, “How’s your speedometer?”, inviting the driver of a following [...]
Unusual Craft Has No Wings and Vanes Fold So it Can Be Stored in a One-Car Garage One overhead handle in the cabin of the latest type of autogiro, now being successfully tested and flown at Willow Grove, Pa., enables the pilot to steer up, down, or sideways and to bank the craft simply by tilting the windmill-like rotor. The experimental model carries a horizontal rudder, but tests indicate that this may be superfluous.
CIGARETTE LIGHTED BY GLOW No larger than a woman’s lipstick, a new mystery cigarette lighter works without flame or electricity. The smoker simply holds his cigarette against the porous top and inhales several times and this lights the smoke. The secret is that a blended fuel containing methyl alcohol is thus drawn through a porous [...]
ASPARAGUS COOKED STANDING UP. A bunch of asparagus is placed in an upright position in this aluminum cooker in which there is boiling water. The low, heavy stalks are thus boiled and the tender tops are cooked in the rising steam. In this way the full flavor of the asparagus tops is retained.
A BOY with a bean shooter, a lone fisherman, rats climbing up hawsers are among the strange objects that be found upon modern skyscrapers or apartment houses. Thousands of people have passed through the buildings thus adorned without ever having seen these figures, or if seen there was no recognition of their purpose. Sometimes the architect has played a joke upon the unsuspecting owner, installing a queer figure in so inaccessible a place that only a person with a telescope could examine it.
Student Learns in Safety to Control His Craft and Maneuver It as Though Actually in the Air So that a student pilot may learn the feel of the controls of a glider or airplane before he risks his first solo flight, a foolproof training machine has been designed by a Beaver Falls., Pa., inventor. Seated in the cockpit of a captive plane, the pilot may send his craft through the maneuvers of diving, banking, and zooming; but the worst that can befall him if he should crash is a gentle bump on rubber-padded cushions. For a training lesson, an instructor takes his place at the wheel of a motor truck that carries the machine, and starts it across the airport field.
KILL SWORDFISH WITH BOW AND ARROW Hunting the swordfish with bow and arrow, thus combining the skill of archer and angler, is a thrilling new sport introduced by Long Island, N. Y., fishermen. The arrow, which takes the place of a harpoon, is heavily barbed and carries a stout line. Standing on a plank projecting [...]
PROCESS WATERPROOFS ANY CLOTH Deluged by an unexpected shower, the wearer of apparel treated by a new chemical waterproofing process remains bone dry. The remarkable process, perfected by a New York dress manufacturer after a year and a half of research, may be applied to cotton, linen, wool, and even costly velvets and silks without [...]
WHAT can be done when the heart ceases to beat? Under all sorts of different conditions, a doctor often is confronted with this urgent question. The ambulance physician faces it with the victim of heart stroke, drowning, or accident. The surgeon faces it when the pulse of an etherized patient suddenly stops. The family physician faces it when a baby is still born or when a mother's heart stops during childbirth.
Diving Suits Used to Raise Mastodon Bones Diving for mastodon bones was the strange occupation of a group of scientific explorers at Silver Springs, Fla., not long ago. When the bottom of a large spring was found to be the resting place of remains of prehistoric, elephantlike creatures, an expedition was organized to recover them. [...]
That’s a really nifty way to pump water! CHINESE WINDMILL WATERS FARM Adapting an Oriental idea for raising water for his own needs and to irrigate his fields, a California farmer has constructed the curious apparatus shown in the accompanying photographs. Power from a windmill, transmitted through gears, revolves a spiral-shaped tube of pipe open [...]
By James Montagnes ROYAL Canadian Mounted Police are now riding motor cycles, 250 of these machines having been sold recently to the famous force. The last report, also shows nearly 200 motor cars in use. The operation and care of gasoline engines is now part of the course of training taken by every recruit joining the Royal Mounted. Mariners and radio operators are today included in the membership of the force.
BIG MAP OF OHIO AT WORLDS FAIR Ohio’s geography is explained to World’s Fair visitors by a mechanical map of pressed wood and glass, twelve feet square, provided with 1,302 indexed push buttons. To find any city, river, or point of historical interest, the user pushes a button and one or more squares are instantly [...]
HIDDEN among the P's of the dictionary, you find: "Poacher, One who takes game or fish illegally." To this time-honored definition, recent events have given a new twist. Outlaws are invading the forests and exploiting the game resources of the country. Organized criminals are' dealing in illegal furs, fake bounty scalps, out-of-season game birds.
COIN-IN-SLOT REVEALS MICROSCOPIC WONDERS Aware of the wide-spread interest in wonders of the microscopic world, an ingenious inventor of Oelwein, Iowa, has devised the coin-operated microscope illustrated above. By dropping a penny in a slot, the user may look through the lens at any one of ten subjects displayed on a rotary disk. A printed [...]
While this works well for sushi, I’m not so sure about groceries. SHELVES MOVE IN NEW STORE Comfortably seated in a self-service grocery store just opened in Los Angeles, Calif., a housewife selects her purchases from moving shelves of price-tagged merchandise that pass before her. The endless, motor-driven chain of shelves, makes a complete circuit [...]
She sure seems happy to be handcuffed. MITTEN HANDCUFFS SECURE CRIMINALS Only the tips of fingers and thumbs protrude from handcuffs of a new style, invented by a former member of the Canadian Mounted Police, and shown above. Each of the metal gloves is hinged in two leaves equipped with locks. The mitten-shaped handcuffs were [...]
Cities Unite in Concerted Thrive Against Air Laden with Health-Destroying Impurities AWAKE at last to the menace of smoke as a destroyer of health and property, great cities of the United States have opened campaigns against it. Medical authorities now realize that an ever-increasing proportion of cases of respiratory diseases is directly traceable to smoke particles floating in city air. Their baneful effect does not end here; for, blanketing the sky, they form a curtain through which only a part of the ultraviolet rays can filter.
How to Make Metals Flame and Why Red Flowers Turn White is Explained Here By RAYMOND B. WAILES UNTIL you experiment with chlorine, you have missed some of the biggest thrills your home laboratory can give you. Among other things, you can make metals burst mysteriously into flame, remove the color from dyed cloth, and turn a red flower or a scrap of red paper white. Chlorine, a heavy greenish-yellow gas, is exceedingly active. Few substances can remain uncombined in its presence. Even silver and gold yield to its action under certain conditions. With many elements, it combines with such suddenness and violence that intense heat and a brilliant flash of light accompany the reaction.
Well, that certainly is a concise headline. FLASH LIGHT ON BIG GUN A flash light attachment for a big game gun is an unusual piece of equipment accompanying Captain R. Stuart Murray and Major George Witten on an expedition to Honduras, where they hope to bag specimens for the American Museum of Natural History. The [...]