16 Bizarre Inventions From The Victorian Era

If you think that organs and bones crushing corsets were the most bizarre creation of the Victorian era, you could not be more wrong. Victorians have come up with its fair share of weird inventions. Even though this era was a long period of peace and prosperity, science was going through a weird phase.

Below are 16 bizarre inventions from the Victorian era, some useful, and some… not so much.

1. THE TRICK PLEDGE ALTAR

Oh, those Victorians! They did love a practical joke. And 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!? Continue reading »

Artist Dominic Wilcox Invents Glasses That Allow Short People To See The World From ‘Above’

One Foot Taller Periscope glasses

This device designed by Dominic Wilcox (previously) allows the wearer to see ‘one foot taller’ (30.5cm) than their normal eye level. Continue reading »

This Artist Creates Inventions That Solve Problems That Don’t Exist

Matt Benedetto is a product designer from Burlington, Vermont. However, the products he designs aren’t really, how should we say it… useful. Matt is perfectly aware of the ridiculousness of his inventions and says he’s “on a quest to design products to help solve the most difficult problems in the world…that don’t really exist.” Continue reading »

21 Historical Photos That Prove The World Has Changed Dramatically

School dance in the 1950s

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Just imagine how fast our world is changing! Even 50 years ago life was very different. Online banking and portable computers didn’t exist, and fashion didn’t change that fast. Maybe that’s why nowadays it is so interesting to see vintage photos. They always seem to put that nostalgic, cute smile on our faces. Continue reading »

Kid’s Crazy Inventions Turned Into Real-Life Objects

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English artist, designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox is at it again with a series of bizarrely creative inventions, only this time he enlisted kids for help. He set up an Inventors Project shop in Sunderland and South Tyneside, then asked over 450 children to draw their ideas for inventions. Wilcox then enlisted local makers and manufacturers to bring those objects to life. Continue reading »

Made in China: Chinese Inventions, Part 2

Chinese Inventions, part 1.


Li Yuming, a local farmer who is interested in scientific invention, works on his unfinished miniature submarine “Xiaguang V” on the outskirts of Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province August 24, 2007. “Xiaguang V”, which is 3-metre long, 1.2-metre in height, has a maximum diving depth of 20 metres, and can hold two adults and one child at the same time. The submarine will be used for tour after safety test, local media said. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer) Continue reading »

Chinese Inventions

Zhang Yali, 49, tests a giant bicycle designed and made by him and his friends outside a rented warehouse in Jilin, Jilin province, China, December 25, 2011. The 3.2-metre-high and 5.5-metre-long three-seated giant bicycle, weighing over one tonne, cost Zhang more over 20,000 yuan (3,156 USD). Zhang spent two months making this bike as a gift for his son, a 25-year-old part-time cartoonist currently living in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. (Reuters/China Daily) Continue reading »