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When Science Goes Through a Weird Phase: 12 Bizarre Inventions From The Victorian Era

Even though the Victorian era was a long period of peace and prosperity, turns out, science was going through a weird phase. Below are 15 bizarre inventions from this era -  some are useful, and some…well, not so much. Via: Vintage Everyday

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    The Trick Pledge Altar

    Cartoon - THE PLEDGE ALTAR 27 -24 36 39 40. Things Are Not Always What They Seem Erastus DeMonin
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    What could be funnier than encouraging a friend to make a pledge at your new home altar... only for him to be surprised by the abrupt appearance of a human skeleton - which spits scalding water into his face!?


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    Fence Cycle

    Headgear - Caroline Rochford
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    Sometimes walking the length of a fence can be just too much like hard work. If only there were some way to take the effort out of it. Well... there almost was, as demonstrated here by none other than Vincent Van Gogh - the Scarlet Pimpernel.



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    Toilet Mask

    Text - TOILET MASK MADAM ROWLEY'S (OR FACE CLOVE) Is a natural beautifier for bleaching and preserving the skin and removing com- plexional imperfections. It is soft and flexi ble in form, and can be easily applied, and worn without discomfort or in- convenience. It is recommended by eminent physicians and sclentists as a substittute for injurious cosmeties. COMPLEXION BLEMISHES may be hid- den imperfectly by cosmetics and powders, but can ouly be removed permanently by the Toilet Mask. By its u
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    Did you know that you can only remove your perfections by wearing this toilet mask three times a week? Also, in the unlikely event that it somehow doesn't work, you can just keep the thing on permanently.



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    The "Niagara" Wave And Rocking Bath

    Text - номE. SEASIDE AT TREAT never experienced AGARA' THE before. Gives the FULLEST 1LLU SION of a Sea or River Bath. ABSOLUTELY no water splashing in the room. ONLY 8 pails of hot or cold water required. keeps the blood in ACTIVE circulation STRONGLY made of tinned steel, and ARTISTICALLY enamelled. will last a lifetime. WAVE &ROCKING BATH (PATENT SPECIALLY RECOMMENDED for Invalids, Delicate People and Children. Price £3 10s. Complete. 5 per cent. discount for Cash if you nention this paper wh
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    The makers of the "Niagara" wave and rocking bath claim that there will be ABSOLUTELY no water splashing in the room, as you rock and thrash in order to generate the FULLEST ILLUSION of a sea or river bath. 


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    The Wireless Telephone Trick

    Cartoon - THE WIRELESS TRICK TELEPHONE 945,708. Pabeetad Jan4 1910 "Hell-o, I Hear You Calling Me! Figs
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    "Hell-o, I hear you calling me!" says your innocent victim - only for the bottom of the phone to explode unexpectedly, and for his hand and face to be showered with broiling turps.


  • 6

    Multi-Purpose Cane

    Cartoon - Figure 1à4Uslisatiea de la canue.- 1. Canueslet à papilom-2. Canae à toiser les chevaus. Caune-parapluie.-4 Cane msicale.- Cane pipe. The multi-purpose cane, catering for all the gentlemanly pastimes!
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    This Swiss Army Knife of canes, caters for all the gentlemanly pastimes: catching butterflies, sheltering from the rain, smoking opium, playing the flute, and measuring a horse. 


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    The Surprise Chair

    Cartoon - SURPRISE CHAIR igL
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    Look at how the victim of this prank goes from serenity to sheer terror. 


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    Stamp Licker

    Drawing - Fig. 1 Nouilleur epistolaire. Fig. 2.Moaileur à eylindre.
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    Nobody likes licking stamps: who knows where they've been? Mercifully, the Victorians had a solution - an artificial, salivating dog's head.


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    The Human Centipede Or Night Mare

    People - THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE OR NIGHT MARE AAA This mare is controlled by the man in front. At any desired time he can shoot the "animal heat" into the candidates and make the mare go in a way that wil terrify them
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    "Come along, chaps... let's canter around Berkley Square on my new Human Centipede!"



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    The Devil's Slide

    Line art - THE DEVIL'S SLIDE "TALLING BACKWARD "GOING UP" "COMING DOWN
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    This has it all going on. First you raise your friend on your Devil's Slide. Then you tilt him backwards. Then you let him go, and observe in silent hysteria, as he is startled by a series of small explosions, and being spattered in the face with a rancid solvent.


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    Vigor's Horse- Action Saddle

    Newsprint - The Headiest Road to Health Is by means of PHYSICAL EXERCISE and the easlest and readiest mode of Eaercise is by using VIGOR'S HORSE-ACTION Which not only provides, as Dr. GRORGE FLEMING, CC writes,A PERFECT SUB STITUTE FOR THE LIVE HORSE" bat acts so benefi cially spon the system as to be of almost priceless value It SADDLE PROMOTES GOOD SPIRITS QUICKENS THE CIRCULATION STIMULATES THE LIVER REDUCES CORPULENCE CREATES APPETITE CURES INDIGESTION AND GOUT The FldWe bve ad try of trying
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    This is "a perfect substitute for a live horse", apparently, in that it promotes good spirits and stimulates the liver. They're not fooling anyone.


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    Invisible Paddle Machine

    Cartoon - INVISIBLE PADDLE MACHINE
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    "My dear fellow... are you able to lift this casket whilst straddling it?"..."Why of course I can, Herbert..." BANG "My arse! My eyes!"


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