ODDITIES OF LIFE
SCISSORS GRINDING UP TO DATE
THOSE who are inclined to regard the scissors grinder as a dull sort of fellow, who is content to push a cart with a tinkling bell through the streets, may well
contemplate the picture reproduced herewith, of another sort of scissors grinder. He uses his bicycle, riding it until he has work to do, and then supports the rear wheel in the usual way, and uses the machine as a source of power and as his work-bench, too. A simple attachment runs the emery wheel mounted on the handle bar, and the up-to-date grinder may sit at ease and pedal as he does his work.
Midget Skis Set On Rollers
COMBINING the best features of skiing and roller skating, a new sport of “ski-skooting” has developed through the adaptation of midget skis on rollers. Two rubber-tipped poles are used to propel the skier along the pavement. The midget skis are fastened to the user’s feet by means of stout straps.
NEW in SCIENCE
Cosmic Lab is 2250 feet under the shores of Lake Cayuga near Ithaca, N.Y. Here, Lowell M. Bollinger, Cornell University scientist, checks a geiger counter he has installed to study cosmic ray particles which smash deep into the earth from outer space. The laboratory is located in an abandoned salt mine which was tunneled Far under the lake’s surface.
PHONE GIRLS USE SKATES
OPERATORS in Los Angeles telephone exchanges go roller skating each night. They don’t have any boy friends along to pick them up when they fall, nor is their skating comprised of fancy turns and difficult tricks. Business is the primary cause of their donning skates.
After 10:30 p.m. phone calls become less frequent, and not many girls are on duty. Distances which used to keep the girls doing kangeroo jumps to plug in a call are now covered with ease.
Roller Skates Have Tractor Treads
LOOKING like a pair of toy army tanks, roller skates invented by a Japanese school teacher are fitted with endless treads like those used on tractors. This novel feature is said to make it possible for users to skate over rough surfaces that would stop conventional skates.