A View of the Present from the Past of the 1930s


In this British Pathé clip, fashion designers predict what the future of fashion will be.

It mostly involves removable sleeves and adjustable-length gowns, though there is a nifty cantilevered heel design shown.

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I particularly like the woman dressed in the Star Wars Imperial Navy uniform. The bra – or bodice, technically – at the bottom looks kind of uncomfortable, though.

Via ScienceDump.

Mosquito-Repellant Newspapers


[Mosquitos] may well be the most universally despised creatures on earth—some ecologists believe we do away with them with no ecological consequences — so anyone can appreciate this innovation from Sri Lanka’s Mawbima newspaper and ad agency Leo Burnett.

For the 2014 World Health Day, the publication printed the world’s first mosquito-repelling newspaper, adding citronella scent to the newspaper’s ink.

The scented newspaper ink is indicated by an intriguing graphic identity—even for those of us outside of its impact zone—featuring mosquitoes being smashed behind each character of the local Sinhalese script.


Via core77.

The Odd Given Name of T9C


It was a question that plagued her for almost nine decades. Where did the name T9C come from? Even her two children don’t know for sure. [Son Ray Dinterman] said they had been told the name had no meaning, but had come from a Baptist preacher in Texas.

“I’m just glad I wasn’t little T9C”, daughter Rae Jean Howell of Hagerstown said.
Her name was pronounced Te-nine-see, with emphasis on the “nine”.

So where did the odd spelling come from?

According to Behind the Name, it’s “a reubus-like spelling of a slang intensive term for ‘tiny'”.

More specifically, it probably originated in Texas in the 19th century, where the earliest examples of the spelling have been found so far.

Quoted text via Herald Mail Media.

Pet Cemetery 3: Now With Human Remains, Too!


[The state of New York] has formally adopted regulations proposed last fall allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of people who wish to spend eternity with their pets. Under the regulation, which takes effect in August, pet cemeteries can accept the remains but cannot charge a fee for a human burial and can not advertise their human burial services.

The regulation’s adoption brings to a close a nearly-three-year-old dispute that began when the state refused to allow the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County to accept the ashes of a former NYPD officer. Thomas Ryan, who wanted to spend his afterlife with his three Maltese pups.


Why is this even a debate? It appears to only be allowing cremated remains, so we’re not even talking proto-zombies.

I admit, my solution would probably simply be to sneak into the graveyard at night with jar of unconsecrated human ashes tucked under my arm…

Then again, this whole cremation trend in the United States has really put a crimp into my goal of creating a zombie army.

Via New York Daily News.

The Flame Resistant Fabric That Is Immune to Molten Aluminum


The molten aluminum being poured out onto the thin black fabric is bubbling at a scorching 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The fabric doesn’t catch fire, it doesn’t get burned through and there’s not a single hole in it.

Explains National Geographic’s “The Showdown of the Unbeatables”:
“CarbonX is an acrylic fiber that is partially charred in an incinerator, a carbon sheath forms around an unburned acrylic core. When this charred fiber is exposed to heat, the acrylic core burns completely, absorbing the heat energy of the flame.”

CarbonX via Sploid.

Baltimore’s Water Wheel That Gathers Trash


Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a city landmark teeming with tourists, restaurants and — until recently — floating trash.

John Kellett developed a big water wheel to collect the plastic cups, cigarette butts and Cheetos bags that flow into the waterway after rainstorms.

Kellett approached Baltimore officials about ways to remove the trash — and they listened. The water wheel is now docked in the harbor.

Via NPR.