Moustache protector, anyone? Weird inventions on showA grenade grenade (grĭnād`), small bomb filled with explosives, gas, or chemicals and either thrown by hand or shot from a modified rifle or a grenade launcher. Grenades were in use as early as the 15th cent. that puts out fires, a self-pouring teapot, periscope periscope (pĕr`ĭskōp) [Gr.,=view around], instrument to enable a person to see objects not in his direct line of vision or concealed by some intervening body. Its essential parts are a tube, prisms, lenses, mirrors, and an eyepiece. spectacles, a peach peeler and a moustache moustache Pitchfork, Whale's tail Interventional cardiology A popular term for the distal bifurcation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. See Collateral circulation. protector are among oddball inventions on show at the British Library British Library, national library of Great Britain, located in London. Long a part of the British Museum, the library collection originated in 1753 when the government purchased the Harleian Library, the library of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, and groups of manuscripts. .
The Weird and Wonderful Inventions display, which opened Thursday and runs until November 10 at the national library in central London The term Central London refers to the districts of London which are considered closest to the centre. There is no such conventional definition, nor any official one, for the entire area that can be called "central London". , is showing off a wealth of eccentric contraptions and ingenious gadgets.
The eye-catching devices are from the collection of Maurice Collins, a man with a passion for crazy inventions dating from 1851 to 1951.
"I've got more than 1,200 items and it's anything that I find a bit peculiar rather than something that would have been successful or other people would collect. I don't collect sewing machines sewing machine, device that stitches cloth and other materials. An attempt at mechanical sewing was made in England (1790) with a machine having a forked, automatic needle that made a single-thread chain. In 1830, B. or typewriters," he told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
"It's things that perhaps nobody else would be bothered with, but in some way helped normal people with their lives, like the self-pouring teapot or the dynamo dynamo: see generator.
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The collection includes a brandy bottle lock from around 1880, to stop the servants helping themselves to a swig, and a 1920s wristwatch with a scrolling maps on it -- an early equivalent of today's sat nav gadgets.
A memorandum clock with slot-in bone memos and bells sounding when time was up were useful for businessmen with meetings and prostitutes alike.
"A lot of the items could still be produced today. Even the self-pouring teapot," Collins said.
"The most bonkers invention here is the coffee cooler," he said of the circa circa
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"Why would you want to do that? Why not just blow on it? And it displaces half your coffee."
After merrily demonstrating the 1930 dynamo shaver, the self-pouring teapot and the 1920 automatic nose hair cutter, Collins said inventors nowadays needed to be good marketeers to be successful.
"Britain was a phenomenal nation of inventors but things have changed," he explained.
"Nowadays it's got to be manufactured abroad and the system of selling has become quite difficult. I think 1851 to 1951 was the golden age."
Garden shed inventing has seen a surge in popularity, thanks to television programmes like "Dragon's Den", a successful international format whereby would-be inventors pitch their proposals to wealthy entrepreneurs.
The British Library, which holds domestic patents, now has its own resident inventor in its Business and Intellectual Property Centre, designed to help people start up their own enterprises.
Mark Sheahan, whose Squeezeopen container lids earned him the 2003 Innovator of the Year award, gives advice to help up-and-coming inventors hone their products.
"Inventors are all quite vulnerable and naive at the beginning. We really need advice so it's great to have somewhere to go," he told AFP.
"You have to be pretty determined and it helps if you have some basic skills.
"I'm here to nurture inventors and point them in the right direction. You never know what's coming through the door."
He said the days of wild-haired crazy inventors locked in their garden sheds were all but over.
"We're a different breed from the Victorians; we have to be more commercially viable," Sheahan said.
"You've got to go through a process and its not always easy."
In learning from bad inventions, "there's always a positive on the back of a negative. You have to be optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op to do what we do."