27 insane inventions from the past
Thinking outside ye olde box.
I bet your grandparents say 'what is the world coming to?' pretty much every time you see them. I know mine do. But if they took a trip down memory lane they'd see that the world was just as crazy when they were young. I'm talking mental, like really mental, like hang your baby out the window and let it sleep there in a cage with a neck brush around it's neck mental:
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1. Brush and Shine
Designed for the follically impaired gentleman. It simultaneously shines your baldy top and brushes your hairy sides.
2. The Baby Harness
I would simply say that this is a bit precarious and be done with it. Because it is. But then you realise they're ice skating. Is it possible to place a call to the NSPCC back in time?
3. The Chain Smoker
4. The Face Cover
To protect you from snow/rain/dignity.
5. A Hair Dryer
6. Horse Gas Mask
Not all that insane. Very considerate. Although it was developed by the "Our Dumb Friends League".
7. The Neck Brush
As you can tell by the thrilled look on this poor child's face, having your neck cleaned by a brush that grinds against your skin as you move your head isn't fun at all. More to the point, why did children have such dirty necks in the 50's?
8. A Piano For The Bed-Ridden
9. A Pedestrian Safety Net
10. Inner Tube Life Jackets
11. The Revolver Camera
Takes a picture every time a shot is fired. Lovely.
12. The Radio Hat
13. The Shower Hood
She gets plus points for managing to look happy whilst wearing an executioners hood whilst standing naked in front of a photographer. Minus points for looking absolutely ridiculous. At least her hair will be dry, but my God, her neck will be filthy.
14. Glasses So You Can Read Lying Down
15. The Dual Pipe
For use at sporting events apparently. What? Why? Who? Mental.
16. An Amphibious Bicycle
17. Scrolling Map
A map that registers how fast you are going and scrolls accordingly. It's no GPS but it is clever. Although it most certainly wouldn't have worked properly.
18. The Suspended Baby Cage
Get a great nights sleep knowing that your baby is now exposed to the elements and hanging over a huge vertical drop.
19. The One Wheel Motorcycle
20. Smoking For Two
If you're going to die from lung cancer you may as well take your spouse with you as well.
21. Baby's First Gas Pram
22. The Gentleman's Motorised Surfboard
They told him to wear 'leisurewear'. This was the 30's. He was having none of it.
23. The Cigar Protector
24. A Device For Teaching Children to Walk
25. The Hangover Mask
Devised for Hollywood actresses who were obviously hitting the lash a bit too hard. This combination of ice cubes, mask and lunacy allowed their faces to cool down. Why they're getting hot faces when hungover is a mystery to me but there you have it.
26. The Faxable Newspaper
27. The Family Bike (With Added Sewing Machine)
The sewing machine is evidently a blow for gender equality. The bike? A blow to the sanity of the past.
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