Scientimechanics (Jun, 1935)


Gun Detector
THE instruments at the left are a modest contribution to the cause of disarmament—at least, in our retreats for the predatory. The importation of weapons into these institutions has become a nuisance, so far as prison wardens are concerned. This represents an electrically balanced system; bringing a weapon between them—even in an inside pocket, turns on a light and sets off a buzzer. It will not be fooled by wooden guns, however.

Bartender’s Guide
NOT only cream for coffee, but creme de menthe for cocktails can now be measured mechanically by the server at the right.

Airport Model
AT the right, proposal for a huge airport, such as the traffic of the future will necessitate. Giant airplanes will land on its ramps, as busses now enter terminals in large cities, and return to the surface. A postoffice station will be located centrally, and the mail delivered directly into it. The passengers will alight and continue their journeys by taxi, autobus or train, reached by elevators. As shown here, planes are entering at the left and, after descending, are swung round on a turntable to take off.

Bicycle Car
ANOTHER English two-wheeler, intended to wind through dense traffic, is shown at the left. It is only 7 feet 8 inches long and 2 feet three inches wide; the two passengers sit tandem. The side wheels support it when it stops.

Odd Planetarium
THE curious group of buildings at the right houses a reproduction of the heavens, on which the motion of the planets is represented by models. The pyramid is 50 feet square, and as high.

Economy Refrigerator
WHEN you open the door of the refrigerator at the left, the coolness does not all fall out at once.

  1. Mitch says: July 25, 20119:39 am

    Man, I hate it when my coolness falls out. It’s usually when the pretty girls are looking, too.

  2. Hirudinea says: July 25, 20113:03 pm

    “Well if thats what you want your planetarium to like Mr. Djoser we’ll do it.”

  3. Charlene says: July 26, 20119:21 am

    I’m not sure if an alcohol measuring device should be marketed as being especially good for “rush hour”.

  4. Daniel Rutter says: July 27, 20115:18 am

    I’m trying to figure out how landing planes are supposed to come to a halt in the circular airport, which has to be about the ten-millionth crazy aerodrome idea presented here.

    Never mind the apparently minuscule stopping distance – does the whole thing rotate, or in the case of crosswinds do planes come in crabbed against the wind, then slam into a side wall as soon as the structure of the aerodrome cuts off the crosswind?

    Perhaps it’s just really, REALLY not to scale.

    “All we have to do, gentlemen, is construct a revolving restaurant two miles in diameter.”

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