Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thursday Twister: Odd Gadgets

2016 was a fantastic year for odd gadgets...if you are into that kinda thing. Notable improvements to the human condition include the Welt -- a wearable smart belt that tracks your waist size or the Sensorwake -- an alarm clock that wakes you with the scent of fresh seaside, chocolate or grass (cigarette smoke and bile both narrowly missed the cut, but might be in the next generation model). But weird stuff has always existed and for today's Thursday Twister, I am going to ask for the strangest car gadgets on the planet.


Few things are stranger than items identified as such by the legendary K2 Mystery Car -- so I'll kick off this list with the awesome Skid Master single vehicle road sander.  This is the bearded Spock universe Spy Hunter accessory because it dumps traction friendly sand onto the road behind you.

What do you think is the coolest/oddest car gadget from any era?


10 comments:

  1. I immediately thought of the road sander gizmo, then I saw that you already found it. Gotta put on my thinking cap.

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    1. OK, here is a pretty weird one:

      [image src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/08/article-2358304-1AB6C3C4000005DC-607_634x354.jpg" width="400px"/]

      The explanation says: "The Dog Sack first appeared in the June 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics. It was designed to keep your car clean and give your dog some fresh air. The sack was clamped to the car's running board and hooks were attached to the window"

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    2. Looks like Fido really was not welcome in cars way back when...

      [image src="http://i1.wp.com/listverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/7a-bird-dog-palace.jpg?w=632" width="400px"/]

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    3. Anyone remember all the heat that Mitt Romney took for tying a dog box on the roof of his car?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_dog_incident

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  2. For any of you trying to accommodate your little ones in the car, we should pay homage to the earlier prototypes for today's current car seat.
    While this is clearly an early '60s Buick 2-door, its also worth noting that those seats had no locks on the backrests. Just like the gene pool he just swam out of, this little feller is being wonderfully accommodated by sharing 1/2 of Mom's seat and 1/2 of Dad's seat, but the classic is the original packaging that is shown below his picture
    [image src="http://i.imgur.com/eGZ2nLM.jpg" width="400px"/]
    [image src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/fa/c6/c6/fac6c60e1aa7fc6f53947da1f5dc913b.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. I rode in one of those , but it wasn't nearly an much buk as my mom driving my sister and me around with the legs of tiny wicker chairs wedged over the gas tank of an MD TD.

      As I often say, if I took care of my kids the way my parents did I would be arrested.
      As I hardly ever say, a remarkable number of my friends died rather young and my children's friends are pretty much all alive.

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  3. I'm not sure this is an invention, or just someone's project after he dropped a box of roofing nails.

    [image src="http://distractify-media-prod.cdn.bingo/1473682-980x.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  4. This one almost makes sense, but seems to be any awfully complicated solution to a simple problem:

    https://youtu.be/dCrmbIC6mVM

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  5. A guy at work had a 58 Impala that had a vacumn suction device to suck Cig Butt into a container of water. Was factory i am sure other GM cars of the era may have had this system.

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  6. http://www.classicdreamcars.com/ashetray.html

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