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Amazing Magic Disc Electrocutes User In Seconds!


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


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.

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

Mystery Gadget 25


What does this machine do?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 24, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1930's

Mystery Gadget 24


What's up with this fellow?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Nov 13, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1940's

Dog Factory

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Technology, Dogs, 1900's

The NoPhone

The NoPhone is a black piece of plastic shaped like an iPhone. It's designed to act as a "technology-free alternative" for those suffering from "phone addiction."

According to the NoPhone's kickstarter page, "the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment."

They're trying to raise $30,000 to produce these things, and are currently at $1,763.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Sep 15, 2014 | Comments (16)
Category: Technology, Telephones

Mystery Gadget 23


Take your best guess!

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1920's

Woman Swallowed by Escalator


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 28, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, Technology, 1980's

Mystery Gadget 22


Answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 25, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1930's

What a Wonderful World It Would Be

The lesson? If only doctors could build our cars.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 23, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Annoying Things, Family, Medicine, Technology, 1960's, Cars
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