Science: Path of Progress

Recent inventions marking the forward march of science:

¶A hat that catches rain (U.S. patent No. 2,443,848, issued to Barbara S. Boeringer of Minneapolis). When it starts raining, the wearer takes off his hat, turns it inside out, and attaches a collecting bottle to a spout in the crown.

¶An educated pencil, patented by Professor Samuel Lerner of Brown University. Its transparent cylinder works like a slide rule, figuring up cube roots and trigonometry as well as mere arithmetic.

¶A two-wheeled automobile, built by Albert A. LaPointe of Hartford, Conn. When standing still, it has two small extra wheels to keep it...

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