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Odyssey Videogame Machine

I love the overlay that goes on the screen.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 02, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Technology, Television, 1970's, Videogames and Gamers

German Mousetrap Museum


"This Museum was established in 1990 by the Heimatverein Neroth in the old School House to celebrate the mouse trap making cottage industry that had flourished in Neroth and nearby villages for over one hundred years."

Their German-language homepage.

And as a bonus, here is an incredible collection of mousetrap history books in PDF form.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 01, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Death, Museums, Technology, Rube Goldberg Devices, Europe

Mystery Artifact

Maybe the combined brainpower of WU can solve this mystery.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 19, 2013 | Comments (12)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Regionalism, Technology, Archaeology

Mystery Gadget 17


I've had to obscure some clues, but maybe you can still guess the purpose of this hi-tech gizmo from 1972.

If not, the answer is here. Just scroll down a bit at the link.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 08, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Technology, 1970's

100 MPH Zip Line

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 25, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Recreation, Technology, Europe

Birth of the Transistor Radio

Who could have predicted that the technology above would lead to the result below?

A useful reminder for Apple as they attempt to deliver a wristband computer--with what unpredictable results and uses, we shall ultimately find out!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 09, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Music, Technology, Television, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1950's, 1960's

Mystery Gadget 16


What can this woman be making that leaves her so joyous?

The answer is here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 05, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Technology, 1940's

Mystery Gadget 15

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Here are various specimens of the same type of device. What was it?

Hint: once very common in almost every household.

Answer after the jump.

More >>
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Feb 12, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology

New York Biotopes

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 11, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Nature, Technology
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