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A thirteen-mile superhighway linking two of the nation's greatest cities has just been opened between New York City and Newark, N. J. Starting at the New Jersey end of the Holland vehicular tunnel, its steel-and-concrete viaduct soars across rivers, marshes and crossroads to permit high-speed motor traffic.
New Products Hasten Return of PROSPERITY How Inventors’ Activity Is Swelling the Growing Tide of Business MANY times has the statement been made that prosperity will return through the appearance of a great new invention which will create a new industry just as the development of the automobile, the movies, the radio, has added billions [...]
CROSS-EYES NOW CURED BY PICTURES Curing cross-eyes is play for youthful patients at a New York eye clinic, opened recently. A child places a pair of attractive picture slides in an instrument resembling an old-fashioned stereoscope and manipulates the device to make the pictures fuse together. Thus he tries to trap a lion in a [...]
NEW LIFE PRESERVER HAS TWO PROPELLERS Timid of sea travel because of his inability to swim, a Japanese lawyer of Los Angeles, Calif., has invented and patented a mobile life preserver. Hand cranks at the sides of the device turn a pair of diminutive propellers, enabling the wearer to advance at fair speed while remaining [...]
INVISIBLE GAS HEATER Looking like the heat register of a hot air furnace, the gas heater shown at left and above, is suspended in a metal box beneath the floor. The burner, radiator, and air ducts are in this box and only the grating, through which the heat escapes into the room, is seen CUTTER OPENS PAPER CARTONS Discarded razor blades, set in an oak handle, which is provided with a guiding flange for cutting along the top of a carton, make a knife with which paper containers are readily opened
FRENCH BICYCLE HAS SMALL FRONT WHEEL Returning to the design of an old-fashioned bicycle, a French inventor is producing one with a small wheel in front and a large one behind. The small wheel steers, while the large one drives. Handlebars are at the rear of the cyclist. The inventor claims his machine embodies scientific [...]
PIPE SHOOTS THROUGH ITS STEM Though innocent enough in outward appearance, a novel type of firearm disguised as a smoking pipe serves as a formidable weapon when it is needed. The gun fires a .25 caliber cartridge. Its stem unscrews for loading, while the bowl of the pipe serves as a magazine for five extra [...]
I’m not sure how this prevents dog theft. If I steal your dog couldn’t I just make a noseprint of him and claim I had it all the time? DOGS NOW NOSEPRINTED TO PROVE OWNERSHIP Taking noseprints of dogs to guard them against loss or theft is the method being adopted by western owners. When [...]
FRAME TEACHES SWIMMING Novices at swimming may acquire confidence with the aid of an odd mechanical device, just introduced in Germany. The swimmer lies on a floating frame supported at an adjustable height in the water by pontoons, and propels it forward by placing his feet in a pair of stirrups and kicking. Thus he [...]
ARCHITECT DESIGNS COTTON HOUSES Houses of cotton are proposed by Lawrence Kocher, noted architect, to solve the low-cost housing problem. Models of two types; a $1,500 five-room home and a week-end house, have been designed. A weatherproof exterior is provided by a roof and walls of fireproofed cotton ducking stretched over a wooden structural frame. [...]
Millikan is most famous for being the first person to determine the charge of a single electron. Apparently his work on cosmic rays was less important or correct. He believed that cosmic rays were high energy photons as opposed to charged particles. He was wrong. This quote from his Wikipedia entry caught my eye though: [...]
ELEPHANT SERVES GAS TO MOTORISTS A MOTORIST who passes through the little town of Chateauroux, in central France, may stop and fill his gasoline tank at one of the strangest filling stations in the world. The owner, with an eye to attracting trade, has fashioned a housing for his filling pump in the shape of [...]
By Rene Leonhardt SLIDING down the map 1,800 miles from the bulging west coast of upper Africa to the projecting northeastern tip of South America, a few weeks hence, a flying boat will inaugurate the world's first regularly-scheduled transatlantic airline. This aerial bridge across the South Atlantic will link Bathurst, just west of the Sahara, in British Gambia, with Pernambuco, south of the Amazon, in Brazil. It will clip nine days from the traveling time between Berlin, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At first, the big machines, on a biweekly schedule, will carry only mail and express. Later, passengers will be accommodated as well. Following the trail blazed by daring ocean flyers, the pilots will take off surrounded by elaborate precautions and aided by the last word in navigation instruments. For behind the project lies more than three years of intensive preparation by the Lufthansa, the great air transportation organization of Germany.
This looks like fun. GUNS CLEAN CEMENT KILNS Blazing away with repeating shotguns, workers in a middle-western cement factory now clean out kilns in which hardened cement has formed. In the past, to clean out the cement the kiln had to cool off and then men with sledgehammers would enter and break away the cement. [...]
Fifty Instruments Help Run This Car Collecting instruments to place on his automobile is the unusual hobby of Lawrence Grayson, of Los Angeles, Calif. Forty-one, to date, grace his car’s driving compartment, with nine more outside. Besides regulation motor instruments they include such novelties as a barometer for foretelling the weather, an altimeter to show [...]
Workers Coin Original Phrases as Short Cuts in Giving Orders or in Describing Features of Their Jobs By Gaylord Johnson THIS ARTICLE TELLS WHY . . . An engineer is a hog-head A new circus hand is First of May Electric current is hot stuff A yard switchman is a snake A circus elephant is a bull A fast freight train is a hot shot A movie electrician is a gaffer Circus monkeys are old folks A freight yard clerk is a mud hop A circus performer is a finker IF YOU could listen to the jargon of two freight trainmen, you might hear this: "You may not know it, Snake, but you're lookin' at a stinger that was once in line to ride the cushions. If it hadn't been for a student tallow-potâ€”but I'll tell you about it:
I’ll forgo the Hellraiser jokes and just say ouch. MACHINE MEASURES BEAUTY OF FACE Even beauty may now be reduced to cold, hard figures, according to the inventors of a device that is said to record the contours of a face with thousandth-of-an-inch accuracy. Beauty shops might use the device, the inventors say, to learn [...]