YOUR INSTANT short cut to GLAMOUR (Mar, 1955)

Everyone knows that glamour comes in a plain wrapper. Also, my eyes see “Peach Cupbra” but my brain wants to read “chupacabra”.


An attractive full Bust Line is a short cut to glamour, poise and self-assurance. If your Bust Line makes you self-conscious, try the new (special up and out) Peach Cupbra. Use it for a week. If you are not delighted, send everything back and your money will be refunded.


Considering that this was published just a few months after Pearl Harbor it seems amazingly mild and reasonable.


DO YOU believe that the Japanese launched their attack as a form of national suicide? If so, you’re wrong. They have dared to attack the most powerful nation in the world simply because they believe our national characteristics prove us to be vulnerable.

World’s smallest what? (Apr, 1980)

In 1982 (two years after this article was published) the Cray-XMP was one of, if not the, most powerful computers in the world. It had 16 MB of ram and in a dual processor configuration could hit 400 MFLOPS. It also occupied something like 50 square feet, used an ungodly amount of power and cost around $32,000,000 in today’s dollars.

By comparison, the Apple A6 processor used in the iPhone 5 is built using a 32nm process, so smaller than the lines in that picture. It has 1GB, or 64 times as much memory and the setting aside the dual core CPUs, the graphics cores alone hit about 25 GFLOPS or about 60 times the performance of the Cray. The A6 is about 97 square millimeters in area and costs around $17.50. And of course, it does this all with out Josephson Junctions or a cryostat.

If you want to see what a modern supercomputer looks like, check out the Cray Titan.

World’s smallest what?

I haven’t checked, but somehow I don’t think the Guinness Book of Records has this one. Scientists at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center claim they have made the world’s smallest experimental circuit elements.

Focal Point Art (Oct, 1937)

A hemisphere is just geometry, but a semisphere, that’s art.

Focal Point Art

THOSE who have not developed that esthetic sense of art so necessary to appreciate a “fur-lined cup and saucer” which the surrealists exhibited (and which was illustrated in a previous issue of this publication) will acknowledge that Robert H. Blickenderf has developed something equally striking— yet, when properly viewed, possessing all those elements of art which have been expounded by the great masters.

Shilling to Earn All World’s Gold (Feb, 1932)

This reminded me of (what I thought) was an episode of Duck Tales where Scrooge McDuck decides to make a ton

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.

Fire Box Foils False Alarms (Oct, 1937)

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.

Grandmother of Pedro the Voder (May, 1939)

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.

Planet Gravity Causes Sunspots (Feb, 1932)

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 (Mar, 1940)

Printing Photos on Any Material


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.

‘Hydrophobia Skunk a Fake Myth (Jul, 1932)

If it’s a fake myth, does that make it true?

‘Hydrophobia Skunk a Fake Myth

THE dreaded “hydrophobia skunk” of the southwestern states is both an affectionate pet and a valuable helper in keeping down field mice, insects and other harmful creatures.