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 for amateurs. 16. A method of preventing electrolysis, or leakage of electric current. 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.