Shilling to Earn All World’s Gold
WHEN Dr. Leopold Bauer, noted Vienna architect, recently deposited a shilling in the Bank of England, to be compounded quarterly and paid to his descendants in 1500 years, we wonder if he realized that he was attempting to corner the world’s wealth.
Obviously any prankster would be utterly dissuaded by an ear-shattering siren.
Fire Box Foils False Alarms
A NEW type of fire alarm box, equipped with an ear-shattering siren that sets up a wail audible for blocks (much to the discomfiture of anyone using it unlawfully) made its debut recently at the Fire Chiefs’ annual convention in Washington.
The photo shows Sergeant Clarence Quick pointing to the siren.
Here is the referenced article about Pedro the Voder, an early speech synthesizer.
Grandmother of Pedro the Voder
If a certain Professor Faber could listen to “Pedro the Voder,” the amazing new machine that produces artificial speech with vacuum tubes (P.S.M., Apr. ’39, p. 72), he would see the realization of a dream that haunted him a lifetime. For forty years this Austrian experimenter labored to create a machine that could talk. His nearest approach to it, by 1870, was the remarkable contrivance above.
This explanation is completely wrong.
Planet Gravity Causes Sunspots
THE eleven-year cycle of sun spots, with all its earthly effects on weather and radio, has been traced by scientists to the gravitational pull exerted on the sun by three of the planets, the earth, Jupiter and Venus. The planets exert joint attractions every eleven years.
Printing Photos on Any Material
KENNETH MURRAY TELLS HOW TO SENSITIZE CLOTH, CHINA, GLASS, AND METAL
IN A NEW YORK store window a demonstrator recently attracted crowds by making photographic prints before their eyes on a variety of materials. He daubed a little solution on the surface where the picture was to be placed and, as soon as it had dried, placed a negative over it, clamped it in position with a piece of glass and a rubber band or two, and exposed the picture to the light of a photoflood bulb for a short time.
I like that in the same paragraph they write “it is so completely impossible to grasp the basis for the weird ideas and beliefs” they also write “Religion is practiced as it was, originally, thousands and thousands of years ago.”. It implies that Hindu beliefs are weird, yet the second sentence would bring howls of dirision from Young Earth Creationists, who’s ideas are of course perfectly normal.
A Curious Industry
Buffalo chips once served as fuel in this country. Cow dung has many uses — besides that of a fertilizer — in the Far East.
SOME of the most peculiar customs in the world originate in India, where beliefs and religions have flourished from ancient times, without any change from contact with the civilization of the rest of the world. To the average traveller, India presents a glamorous and fascinating study, inasmuch as it is so completely impossible to grasp the basis for the weird ideas and beliefs which are firmly fastened in the Oriental mind.
While it makes a certain sense for the president of a company that makes hearses to drive a station wagon I really wish he’d drove a tricked out hearse.
There’s Lots of Station Wagon in this 21-foot, 12-passenger job in which rear-seat occupants ride sitting backwards. Seats and walls are covered with two-tone leather. The carpeting is inch-thick, turquoise wool chenille. The car is air-conditioned, and recessed in one wall is a completely fitted beverage cabinet.
WE’RE continually running picture of lovely young ladies and writing; that their ambition is to get into the movies or television—which it usually is. But somehow. we never do hear whether they succeed in their ambitions or not. They drop into a silent limbo of girls who* want to go places but apparently never do.