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February 27, 2016

Wife choked by snoremeter

January 1936: In Rome, Italy, Goffredo Galluzzi, a "self-styled electrical engineer," created a "snoremeter" in an attempt to stop his wife from snoring. The device, which fit over her mouth like a muzzle, included a thin brass blade that would be lifted by the heavy breathing of snoring, causing an alarm to go off, thereby waking his wife and stopping the snoring. However, the blade came loose, went down her throat, and almost choked her to death.

When I did a keyword search on this story to see how many papers it had run in, I came across something odd. The story was reported as news both in January 1936 and April 1946, but with one difference. In 1936 Galluzzi was reported as living in Rome. In 1946, he had become a resident of Syracuse, Sicily.

So a case of recycled news. It's also quite possible the story was complete baloney, both in 1936 and 1946.

The Evening Times (Sayre, Pennsylvania) - Jan 29, 1936

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 27, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Sleep and Dreams, 1930's

August 14, 2015

Go Answer the Phone

Very creepy. If you were woken by a stranger telling you to answer the phone, would you do it?

I'm a pretty deep sleeper. It usually takes me a few minutes after waking to achieve full consciousness. So I suspect this trick would work on me.

Ironwood Daily Globe - Nov 7, 1958



Go Answer the Phone, Said Bedroom Stranger
SEATTLE (AP)—Darwin Barker was awakened by a man at the foot of his bed who told him to "go answer the phone."
Groggy with sleep, Barker staggered into another room to the telephone. The ringing awoke him completely.
He rushed back into his bedroom but by that time the man was gone. So were Barker's trousers, wallet and $1.25.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 14, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Sleep and Dreams, Scary Criminals, 1950's

July 22, 2015

Bearly Conscious


Must not have been able to find any pic-a-nic baskets.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 22, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sleep and Dreams, Eating

June 28, 2015

Sleep Learning

"Discover how you can apply sleep learning to gain health, relaxation, confidence, personal magnetism, self mastery, memory power, success in business and human relations... learn foreign languages and how to play the piano."

Learn to play the piano? In your sleep?


Source: The San Mateo Times - Aug 25, 1959

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jun 28, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Education, Music, Sleep and Dreams, 1950's

June 19, 2015

Max Richter’s “Sleep”




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Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 19, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Sleep and Dreams

May 7, 2014

Arthur Gehrke, the Human Hibernator


Arthur "Turkey" Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit. Every November he would go to bed and stay there until the following April. He told the press, "I hibernate and don't get into trouble; while I may miss some fun, I also miss a lot of disagreeable things." He also said, "If more folks went to bed all winter, there wouldn't be so much trouble and confusion in the world."

Strangely, his business didn't suffer because of his sleep habits. He owned a bar, the Turkey's Roost. He hired a temporary bartender to replace him during his hibernation, and the publicity because of his hibernating actually attracted extra business.

Gehrke began his habit of hibernating in 1913 and continued it until his death in 1942.

Here's some sources where you can read more about him: The Milwaukee Journal - Sep 29, 1935, Watertown History, and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 07, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Sleep and Dreams, 1930's

October 19, 2012

Sleep Zodiac

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The idea is that your sleeping position indicates your personality. What do you all think?

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 19, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Sleep and Dreams

April 4, 2012

Robotic Anti-Snoring Bear Pillow

Robotic bear will reach out and stroke your face so gently as you sleep.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 04, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu, Sleep and Dreams

November 16, 2011

Music for Deep Sleep







Generally, falling asleep while a musician performs is considered an insult. But with these "tunes," I guess it's a compliment!

Enjoy your nap, but don't let the boss catch you snoring!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 16, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, New Age, Sleep and Dreams

June 10, 2009

Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, Part 5: Dymaxion Sleep

This was more a concept than an invention. It is also known as polyphasic sleep, meaning sleeping at more than one interval during a day. Although not really invented by Fuller, he did popularize it and gave it a catchy nickname. Bucky claims to have slept only 30 minutes every 6 hours and did not suffer any ill effects. You can read a story about it in Time Magazine's archives.

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Wed Jun 10, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Health, Science, Sleep and Dreams, 1940's, Brain

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