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Weird and wacky inventions

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We thought we’d take a look at some of the weird and wacky inventions that demonstrate the very heart of experimenting – testing something to see if it works, and figuring out what to do if it doesn’t!

The Moustache Shield

I’m sure you’ve wondered how to keep your moustache out of the way when you are trying to eat or drink?

Moustache shield

Back in 1876, Virgil A Gates came up with his solution – a moustache shield. It’s pretty simple in its design – a little guard at the front and two bits of string to hook over your ears. What do you think? This one might not look great on a date, but it could solve the problem Mr Gates was trying to solve?

The Baby Carrier

This invention won’t be making it through any Australian safety standard reviews, but I guess if you need to go for a skate then it you’ve got to do something with your baby!

Baby carrier

Problem solved through this great invention (not sure what you do if one of you isn’t too great at skating…) Question for the kids – can you think of another invention that would solve this problem?

The Group Shaving Machine

This is a 19th-century contraption that allows up to a dozen men to be shaved at once! How efficient!

Group shaver

It doesn’t take too much to spot some potential hazards with this machine, equipped with a dozen knives, right near your face. But the main reason it didn’t take off is that there was no way to adjust the knives based on face shape or body height, so one bloke could lose an eyebrow and the other an ear, just by not quite sitting just so.

This is one invention that perhaps could be worked on with current technology – technology that accurately maps the user’s face first (you’ve still got to sit still though!)

A lot of inventions, cures and discoveries come from trying out ideas and experimenting. Spark that interest in your child with a free trial of Experimentary.

Published April 1, 2020

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