Thursday, 20 December 2012

Silliest Inventions of the 20th Century

Human imagination can usually go far and wide, but some inventions can also be quite unnecessary. Check out the following hilarious collection from the past century.

The featured photo pictures inventor John H T Rinfret demonstrating his anti-bandit bag in 1963.
To fool the bandits, the chain is pulled and the bottom of the case falls out so the content is
scattered over the floor. That should stop those muggers from getting at what’s in the bag.
No wait, it won’t.

Curved Barrel Machine Gun, 1953 
This M3 sub-machine gun with a curved barrel for shooting around corners. It’s the perfect gun for
your average “shoot first, look later” kind of guy. They do, however, have similar weapons today, but equipped with cameras and high-tech sensors.

Hubbard Electrometer, 1968
American science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard uses
his Hubbard Electrometer to determine whether tomatoes experience pain. His work led him to
the conclusion that tomatoes "scream when sliced". I seriously cannot Ketchup with those guys.

Cup Bras, 1949

Charles L. Langs poses with his strapless, backless, wireless, support-less bras. His wife doesn't
look too supportive though; she seems unenthusiastic. 

Finnish Portable Sauna, 1962
Id finish with the Finnish.

Baby Cage, 1937
A nanny supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high tenement block window. The cages were distributed to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London who have no gardens, or qualms about putting a child in a box dangling over a busy street. Genius.

Laryngaphone, 1929
A man at a shipping exhibition in Olympia, London, demonstrating the 'Laryngaphone”, a noise-excluding telephone which only transmits vibrations from the vocal chords when the microphone is placed against the throat or cheek. Where are those today when we need them the most?

Motorized Surfboard, 1948
Hollywood inventor Joe Gilpin riding his motorized surfboard. Yey! Lots of fun. Just like a water Segway.

Rainy Day Cigarette Holder, 1954
President of Zeus Corp., Robert L. Stern, smoking a cigarette from his self-designed rainy day cigarette holder. Bwilliance in a puff. He must had been living in Cilaos, Réunion.

Rocket Belt, 1961
Engineer Harold Graham salutes President Kennedy after demonstrating Rocket Belt for him. Jet-pack!

Honegar, 1959
Inventor of a honey and vinegar mixture, called Honegar, Dr. DeForest C. Jarvis. Honegar was said to be a folk remedy for aches and pains. Though honey AND vinegar are already good for pretty much everything.

Illuminated Tires, 1961
A woman adjusts her stocking by the light of the Goodyears illuminated tires. The tire is made from a single piece of synthetic rubber and is brightly lit by bulbs mounted inside the wheel rim. I guess those could look cool but probably the functionality was dimwitted.

Shower Hood, 1970

For the woman who likes to put makeup on her dirty face. Or for a bee lover.

Cigarette Pack Holder, 1955

Yep. Let me play you the music of my people.

Handwriting Game, 1955
A handwriting game being analyzed by members of the Ideal Toy panel on Inventors Day at the Ideal Toy Company in Hollis, New York. Because theres nothing children love more than handwriting games. 

 Fast-Draw Robot, 1960
Robot equipped with fast-draw invention shoots it out with live gunner. Its always easy to question the wisdom of giving a robot a gun, but also making him quick on the draw is just lovely. How original. 

Yodel Meter, 1925
Two girls try out the new yodel meter, which measures the pitch of the human yodel. Yodelayheehoo.

 Mini Television, 1966
British inventor Clive Sinclair shows off his mini television. Noting the thickness of Tintins glasses, its really all a matter of perspective. Well, people today do watch videos on their phones.

Flying Platform, 1956
Flying platforms being tested at an Air Force base. Jet-pack!

Beating Breasts, 1963

A pair of artificial breasts with a built-in heartbeat. An invention from — wait for it — Japan intended as a sleeping aid for very young children. For teenage boys and adult males as well, Im sure.

Venetian Blind Sunglasses, 1950
An example of a pre-psychedelic era invention @#$%^&* Bang Bing !@#Ayee

Birdman Suit, 1955

Birdman Leo Valentin demonstrates his method of flying from a special harness. Valentin died when his invention failed him after jumping out of an airplane in 1956. R.I.P, Birdie NumNum. You’re always flying now.

 Phone-Answering Robot, 1964
A robot designed by Claus Scholz of Vienna answers the phone, though it cannot speak. Halfway there, Claus. Answer machine level: -17.

Baby Holder, 1937
Jack Milford, player with the Wembley Monarchs ice hockey team, has invented a carrying device so that his baby can join his wife and himself on the ice. Because babies deserve it, thats why. 

Sea-Shoes, 1962
Inventor M W Hulton demonstrates his sea-shoes and duckfoot propellers on the Grand Union Canal, England. These guys had a serious misunderstanding of what water fun really is.

TV Glasses, 1963
Inventor Hugo Gernsback with his T.V. Glasses. His youngest son works for Google now. Wink.

Cat-Mew Machine, 1963
This mechanical cat can meow ten times a minute and the eyes light up each time. The device for scaring rats and mice is from Japan and is powered by a two-watt motor. Its always them and cats, huh.

Dog Restrainer, 1940
Pizza Doggo?

Cigarette Holder Built For Two, 1955
Gotta love the holding hand bit and the cheeky looks.

External Turkey Roaster, 1966

Right before the concert” shot. Jet-pack!

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