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The Coleopter

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Original article here.



Why are the skies of 2015 not filled with coleopters?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Technology, 1950's

Mystery Gadget 26

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What's it do? The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920's

John Deere Manure Spreader



Eeyeuw! Thank god I am not a farmer, driving one of those manure plows. On the other hand, that manure spreader is pretty awesome. More of a "manure blaster" really. I envision "borrowing" one fully loaded with the most liquid poop and driving it down Main Street to wreak smelly, smelly vengeance.

By the way: if you want to see two hundred manure spreader videos, here is a YouTube playlist.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 12, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Technology, Excrement

Miniature Menagerie



A portrait of the once-proud USA squeaky-toy industry in its glory days, before Asia kicked our squeaky butt.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Technology, Toys, 1950's

XM42 Flamethrower



Purchase yours here.

A tip of the propeller beanie to Charles Stross.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 21, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Destruction, Hobbies and DIY, Technology

World’s Biggest Cuckoo Clock

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Schonach, Germany, is the heart and homeland of the cuckoo-clock industry. Two houses in fact have been transformed into giant cuckoo clocks to commemorate this.

Jet-Propelled Papa



Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 09, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Music, Technology, Science Fiction, 1940's

Your face on a pancake

Technology marches onward! Product development company Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that can print faces onto pancakes. It explains:

Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with embedded face recognition and tracking software, the system dispenses layers of batter directly onto a hot plate allowing the creation of detailed and complex images within the pancake surfaces. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour and as subsequent layers are added the different tonal qualities of the image build up.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 23, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Inventions, Photography and Photographers, Technology

Amazing Magic Disc Electrocutes User In Seconds!

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I don't care how well this gadget is designed and engineered: I am not plugging it into the wall socket then dropping it in my bath water!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 07, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Bathrooms, Death, Technology, 1930's

Automatic Telephone Dialer

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So this gadget stored a few phone numbers and allowed the convenience of one-button dialing. Would such functionality have been worth $360.00 even in 1978?

Original ad here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 02, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, Telephones, 1970's
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