The Nothing Box

A gag gift from the early 1960s, created by inventor Jack Hurlbut: "When a button is pressed the lights flash, the dials spin, the switches turn—and nothing happens."

It briefly made headlines in 1964 when a man took one with him on a flight, and was promptly detained on the suspicion that he was carrying a bomb.

The Nothing Box is another one of those vintage curiosities that seem to have completely disappeared. I can't find any evidence that one of them still exists.

Wisconsin State Journal - May 18, 1964

Detroit Free Press - Dec 28, 1965

Detroit Free Press - Dec 28, 1965

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 21, 2020
     Category: Inventions | 1960s

Way in the dim, dark recesses of my memory I remember a story about a spy agency that planted a small box that fit the description of today's subject. It was intended to soak up effort and time of the opposition into trying to determine the purpose of the device. In that regard, it actually had a purpose as a time sink.
Posted by KDP on 02/21/20 at 09:08 PM
I dare somebody to bring that on a plane today...
Posted by Brian on 02/22/20 at 09:12 PM

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