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Palm Pistol

Coming in December the Palm Pistol. Its a 38 caliber single shot handgun made like a T-shaped screwdriver. The pistol was specially designed for people with poor hand strength from arthritis or disabilities. Or really anyone who finds a conventional gun difficult to fire. The trigger is a simple thumb push with the recoil dissipated into the palm. Great for defense but with only one shot accuracy would seem to be crucial as there may not be time to reload.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 17, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Disabilities, Guns, Inventions

Towing The Boat

A mobility scooter pulling a boat. You don't see that every day.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Mar 28, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Boats, Disabilities, Eccentrics

Peg-Leg Bates

Unfair career advantage: he had to buy only half the number of tap shoes of other dancers.

Wikipedia entry.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 16, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Disabilities, Dance, Twentieth Century


Not quite an explanation for the famous Charles Addams ski cartoon.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 17, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Disabilities, Sports, 1940's

Blind Photographers

Back in June 2010, Chuck posted about a blind photographer, Rosita McKenzie, who was having her work shown at the Edinburgh Art Festival. But apparently Rosita is not unique. There's quite a few blind photographers. Enough for there to be a website devoted to the community of blind photographers, Although the site expands its coverage to include visually-impaired photographers.

There's also an accompanying flickr group: blind photographers. I suspect most of the photos were taken by people who are merely visually impaired. That is, maybe they wear glasses. Because the photos are simply too well composed to have been taken by people who can't see at all what they're doing.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 04, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Disabilities, Photography and Photographers

Cross-eyed Beau

When talking about music from before the modern era, famed critic Greil Marcus used the phrase "old, weird America." I think this tune qualifies.

More info on the singers here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 17, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Disabilities, Music, Regionalism, 1930's

Gasoline-powered Wheelchair

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 21, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Disabilities, Inventions, Motor Vehicles

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie is a deaf percussionist who has to perform barefoot so that she can "feel" the music.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 26, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Disabilities, Music
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