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Inventions

July 22, 2016

Flying Wings

In some alternate timeline, the skies are full of flying wing-type airplanes.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 22, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1940's, Armed Forces

July 18, 2016

Odd Bicycles



Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 18, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Eccentrics, Inventions, 1930's

July 15, 2016

Clip-On Armpit Fan

The latest invention from Japan. Sold by Thanko.

If you're wearing shorts, you could also use it as a crotch fan.





via RocketNews 24

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 15, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Inventions

July 11, 2016

Tricycle Black Maria

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Served the extra duty of public humiliation of criminal.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 11, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Cops, Crime, Inventions, Nineteenth Century

July 4, 2016

The Alkoholomat



Don't drive drunk on the holiday--or any day! The penalty could be worse even than ending up as an item in NOTW!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 04, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Inventions, 1960's, Europe, Alcohol, Cars

June 28, 2016

Bob “Bazooka” Burns



Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 28, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Outsider Art, 1940's, Comedians

June 18, 2016

Trick Valise

March 1937: A tricked-out payroll satchel foiled would-be robbers. From Newsweek (Apr 3, 1937):

In Harrison, N.J., bandits last week held up a messenger and seized his satchel containing a $2,700 pay roll. They didn't notice their victim pull a wire in the bag's handle as he handed it over. Ten seconds later revolver blanks inside the satchel started exploding and clouds of sulphur smoke belched from holes in the bottom. In terror the gunmen dropped their loot and fled.

Quite ingenious, but seems like it would work only once, since after that everyone would know what the trick was. So how did they protect the payroll subsequently?

Newsweek - Apr 3, 1937



St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mar 26, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 18, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Crime, Inventions, 1930's

May 22, 2016

Now you can lick your cat

The inventors of the Licki Brush say, "We have designed LICKI brush to bring you and your cat closer. By using LICKI with your cat on a regular basis, you'll develop a more intimate and bonded relationship, much like a mama cat bonds with her young."

As of May 22, on Kickstarter they're one-third of the way to successfully funding the manufacture of this thing.



Posted By: Alex - Sun May 22, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Cats

May 20, 2016

AbsorbPlate

It's a plate that makes food healthier by soaking up excess calories, according to its creators (the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and BBDO Bangkok):

Hundreds of tiny holes inspired by the texture of sponge make AbsorbPlate able to separate excess oil from food before people eat it. The plate can reduce up to 7 ml of grease or approximately 30 calories per plate. The plates were designed to be easy to wash. In order to eat healthier, all they need to do is just continue their regular eating behaviour on our plate.

I have an idea that would work even better — a smaller plate.


Posted By: Alex - Fri May 20, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Health, Inventions

April 14, 2016

Song Wig

"A wig for one head and many ears." Available at songwig.com.

Finally there's an easy way for many people to listen to music at the same time!


Song Wig from PARTY on Vimeo.


via Dave Barry

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Headgear

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