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Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle

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I really wish this practice had caught on, for I would be delighted to be driving down a highway and see such a sight.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 28, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Farming, Inventions, 1920's, Motorcycles

Holmes & Yoyo





In the view of some: Worst. Show. Ever.

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 17, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Inventions, Robots, Television, 1970's

The Woof Washer

Not only cleans your dog, but also apparently gets them to stand still.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 30, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Products, Dogs

George Bennie’s Railplane



I want to live in a world where a system of Bennie Railplanes has been in existence for eighty years.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jun 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1930's

Motorcycle Airbag Jacket



Here's what I'm envisioning: the possibly inebriated rider pulls up in the biker bar parking lot and, eager to join his buddies inside, hops off without disconnecting, instantly and uselessly inflating his jacket and earning much laughter from pals.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, Motorcycles

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910's, Europe

Hoop Skirt Parachute

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What are the odds this would actually work? Maybe if you bailed out when your airplane was about twenty feet off the ground....
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 09, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1910's

The Clavilux, or Color Organ

The Clavilux was a device that displayed a psychedelic light show on a screen. It was invented by Thomas Wilfred in 1919, who hoped that it would become so popular that one day every home would have one. That didn't quite work out. Though one of these sitting in your living room definitely would be a conversation piece. More info.

The "Clavilux Jr" of 1930 from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.




Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 19, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, 1910's

Hairware

Control your phone by stroking your hair. It's a technology invented by Katia Vega of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, who explains: "we add new functionalities to hair extensions, turning them into a seamless device that recognizes auto-contact behaviors concealed to outside observers."

This is obviously a technology invented by someone who has lots of hair. Useless for us hairless types. Though she does say she has plans for a way of controlling apps by stroking your beard.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Telephones, Hair and Hairstyling

Kidney stone-removing bed

Zhu Qinghua, a Chinese rice farmer, has invented a "kidney stone-removing bed." A person is strapped into the bed and hung upside down. Then the entire device vibrates intensely thanks to some kind of tractor engine attached to it.

Zhu has been strapping his wife into this thing and claims it's completely cured her kidney stones. [shanghaiist.com]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Medicine
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