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Funny Inventions Of Yesteryear

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posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 08:39 AM
Some great/not so great ideas from long ago. Some we know today in one form or another.

Bike Tyre Used As Swimming Aid (Germany, 1925)

A group of youngsters tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid.

One Wheel Motorcycle (1931)

One wheel motorcycle (invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine). Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph).

Amphibious Bike ‘Cyclomer’ (Paris, 1932)

The Cyclomer, a bicycle on land and water can ride with a load of 120 pounds.

All Terrain Car (England, 1936)

All terrain car able to descend slopes up to 65 degrees.

Radio Pram (USA, 1921)

Pram provided with a radio, including antenna and loudspeaker, to keep the baby quiet.

Radio hat (USA, 1931)

Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor.

Bulletproof Glass (New York, 1931)

Bulletproof glass, demonstration by the best rifle man of the New York police, 1931.

Extensible Caravan (France, 1934)

Extensible caravan, built by a French engineer.

Piano For The Bedridden (UK, 1935)

Piano especially designed for people who are confined to bed.

Glasses For Reading In Bed (England, 1936)

Hamblin glasses. A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed.

Electrically Heated Jacket (USA, 1932)

Electrically heated vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States. The
power is supplied by electric contacts in the street.

Car With Shovel For Pedestrians (Paris, 1924)

Kind of shovel on a car. Purpose: reducing the number of casualties among pedestrians.

Early GPS (1932)

Sort of TomTom, early tripmaster. Works using rolling key map. The map passes the screen in a tempo that depends on the speed of the car.

Folding Emergency Bridge (Netherlands, 1926)

Folding bridge for emergencies, invented by L. Deth can easily be transported on a handcart.

Faxed Newspaper (1938)

In 1938 the first wireless newspaper was sent from WOR radiostation in New York. Photo shows children reading the children’s page of a Missouri paper.

Face Protection From Snowstorms (Canada, 1939)

Used to protect ones face from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939.

Gas War Resistant Pram (England, Hextable, 1938)

Revolver Camera (New York, 1938)

Colt 38 carrying a small camera that automatically takes a picture when you pull the trigger. At the left: six pictures taken by the camera.

[edit on 21-7-2010 by acrux]

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 08:43 AM
You've gotta love that shovel for pedestrian, I want one.

Face protection from snow makes you look like bird.

How on earth you turn corners with that caravan.

DIdn't they use that one wheeled motor bike on south park.

[edit on 21-7-2010 by acrux]

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 08:53 AM
A lot of those arent so ridiculous. The faxed newspaper is pretty impressive. So is the portable bridge.

The revolver camera is trying to make a comeback. They are being considered for cops. And some anti-gun folks are pushing for them to be put on every gun made to "help solve crime".

The bullet proof glass is definitely not funny. It's found everywhere.

The pedestrian ram is an idea that makes a comeback every so often in one form or another. The notion itself of designing the vehicle to be more "impact friendly" has shaped all of our cars.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 08:57 AM
Haha brilliant thread. THanks for sharing that with us. I have to say some of those were actually brilliant ideas. I would love to have a go in the one wheeled motorbike.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 09:30 AM
reply to post by Pryde87
I wonder how that steering setup works on that one eheeled bike. You would think it turns by leaning, but it has a steering wheel like a car.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 09:46 AM
reply to post by acrux

Awesome so many brilliant ones. I love those old black and white commercials that advertise products like these.

As for the pedestrian shovel I could really do with one of those. Like Mr. Burns in the Simpsons "Smithers deploy the cow catcher"

Star and Flag on me!

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 09:49 AM
I believe I saw General Grievous riding that one-wheeled bike also.

The radio hat makes me laugh.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 09:51 AM
reply to post by acrux

Yea, I think it must be through leaning too. I find it more amazing how it is suposed to brake. If you slam the breaks on your would just go spinning around inside the wheel as the thing carries on rolling.

posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 09:59 AM
reply to post by Pryde87
That would be fun to see some do that.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 06:31 AM

Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
The bullet proof glass is definitely not funny. It's found everywhere.
That's why I opened to thread with comment

Some we know today in one form or another.

posted on Jul, 22 2010 @ 07:00 AM
People in ENgland have built one wheeled bikes. (on a show called scrapheap challenge).

I love how the "Shovel for pedestrains" was made to reduce pedestrian casualties.

I would also love to see the pictures the gun camera takes. Alot of people with horrified expressions sticking their arms up.Lolol.

But the satnav, you would have had to draw your own maps, presumably, which means you know exactly where your going anyway???

Monowheel: Real and working.

As for how that caravan turns corners, it's meant to say extendable, NOT extensible. You push the side's inwards so it's shorter and safer to drive with.

[edit on 22-7-2010 by Chukkles]

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