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Multirotor Super Drone

The high-tech equivalent of attaching helium balloons to a lawn chair. Except it doesn't work as well.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines

Bulletproof Wheat

I wonder whatever became of this miracle product. If Larry Rogers, its inventor, was 31 in 1984, then he'd be 62 now. Is he still working away on it somewhere? Or did the product actually make its way onto the market, though under a name other than "bulletproof wheat"? Who knows. I can't find any follow-up info about the story.

Larry Rogers, 31, a Salinas scientist, figures he has the answer to the nation's wheat and coal surplus problem. Earlier this year he invented a substitute for firewood out of wheat and corn. Now he says he's reconstructed things to make the firewood bulletproof. He says he also can turn it into an excellent replacement for wood as a building material by adding high sulfur coal, carbon and cellulose. The material will also be fireproof. He says it stopped an Army M16 rifle bullet during testing. And, because its impact resistant, it's ideal for protective housing units for troops, he says. The product is being tested at Micro Organic Fuel in Carson City, Nev.

Spokane Chronicle - Sep 24, 1984

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Sep 18, 1984

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, 1980's

Cattle Delivery Via Motorcycle


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


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


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
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