The World's Greatest Needs
On the eve of the annual convention in Sept 1937, of the Int'l
Inventors Congress, George Burns, President, listed 20 of the
world's most needed inventions, according to a United Press
dispatch from Des Moines. The list follows:
1. A skid-proof bathtub.
2. A sure-fire dandelion exterminator.
3. An automatic window-closer.
4. Cold light (82% of the energy produced by an electric
light bulb is heat, only 8% is light)
5. A device or substance to prevent rust.
6. An electric cable that will not fuse.
7. Gasoline will not carbonize in a motor.
8. A portable dictating machine.
9. A process for taking colored X-ray pictures.
10. Tarnishless silverware.
11. A noiseless airplane motor. (Many govts have been working
for years to produce such a motor for use in warfare)
12. A furnace that will conserve 90% of its heat, instead of
the average 30% now retained)
13. A method for producing rain in a given locality at any
time, and a method to stop the rainfall.
14. A process for recording speech directly on paper without
the use of a stenographer.
15. A machine for making the application of wallpaper simple
16. A method of preventing electrolysis, or leakage of electric
17. An electro-magnetic gun to fire noiselessly small projectiles
at high speeds.
18. A machine to weigh automatically and stamp postage.
19. A ray to paralyze the magnetos and high voltage coils of
gasoline and electric motors.
20. A burglar alarm so sensitive it can be tripped by the heat
emanating from a human body.
On Saturday, 6 January 2018 07:03:20 UTC, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
stainless already existed. I guess it means chrome plate, epoxy etc.
I thought they were already in existence in '37, simple wind-up mechanical recorders using wax coated discs, or their predecessors Edison cylinders.
2&3 colour films already existed, but I see no way to expose each emulsion separately by x-ray other than by using 3 separate B&W films. I guess different voltages could be used for the 3 colour channels.
They're called boilers over here. 30% is terrible.
we have desalination to do that job
probably refers to tram rails, they were an electrolysis problem
surely that's easy to do with 1937 technology
police have other ways now - they didn't then
The idea that this lot is the world's greatest needs is bizarrely unrealistic though
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