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Mystery Gadget 4


What is the purpose of this mysterious electronic box?

Maybe if you see its inventor, all will become clear. (Corner of box in background.)


No? You'd better go beyond the jump!

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Oct 08, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Technology, 1960's

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. This may not seem like the kind of thing to post on Weird Universe, but consider what kind of place this world would be without him. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple II, the first home computer many would use, and thanks to this and other innovations like the graphical operating system, the internet friendly iMac, and the always connected iPhone, the world is now fully connected, allowing anyone instant access to the kinds of weird things we here at Weird Universe love. Sure, he didn't create the internet all by himself, but if it weren't for some of the innovations his company pioneered, the world might have turned out to be a much more normal (and boring) place than it is today.
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Wed Oct 05, 2011 | Comments (30)
Category: Death, Obituaries, Technology, Computers, Internet

Magic Lantern Slides

Prior to movies, magic lantern slides were omnipresent, cutting-edge entertainment. Consequently, the range of materials they covered--from juvenile to adult--was enormous--and often weird.

Joseph Boggs Beale illo.

Article on Joseph Boggs Beale.


Collection of slides online.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 05, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Entertainment, Technology, Nineteenth Century

Mystery Gadget 3


Answer after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 10, 2011 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology, 1930's

Verne Soules


I do not think it is any too soon to begin contemplating the 80th anniversary (2013) of the invention of the mechanical racetrack hare, by Verne Soules.

Full patent here as PDF.

A mention of his death in 1948.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 29, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Technology, 1930's, 1940's

Mystery Gadget 1


What is this apparatus, sold in 1928? Register your guess. Then: Find the answer here.

And you can still buy one on eBay.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 15, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1920's

1920s Perpetual Motion Machine


More fascinating stuff at the original article.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Aug 03, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Technology, 1920's

Borat-style Solar Panel


Actually, 1955 tech. Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 23, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Rube Goldberg Devices, 1950's

Violet Healing Rays


Original ad here. (Scroll down a bit.)

Read the history here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 23, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, Health, Technology, Appliances, 1910's
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