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Most Weird Inventions From The Past You’ve Never Heard Of

Throughout history, a plethora of fascinating, useful, and even revolutionary technologies have been developed. However, the fact is that many of history’s strange ideas never made it beyond the start of their voyage. The inventions were revolutionary, but they were also difficult to use. These artifacts are intriguing to look at despite their flaws because they reflect a time and place that no longer exists. These weird inventions from the past may aid our understanding of earlier generations’ cultures and the challenges they attempted to tackle.

However, the world has forgotten a few entertaining and even humorous inventions among the game-changing ones. Despite the fact that these odd inventions seem to be out of date now, they were once considered cutting-edge ideas. Viraltrendzs has brought you this collection of weird inventions from the past with great pleasure.

1. Portable TV, 1967

Portable TV, 1967

Portable TV, which was invented by Walter Pichler in 1967, is a piece of technology that separates the user from the rest of the world while at the same time tying him or her to an infinite network of data. It is shut off from the outside world, and the person wearing it is only looking at the screen in front of him at all times.

2. The Dimple Maker, 1936 by Isabella Gilbert of Rochester, N. Y.

The Dimple Maker, 1936 by Isabella Gilbert of Rochester, N. Y.

The dimple machine was created in 1936 by Rochester, New York resident Evangeline Isabella Gilbert. Wearing it across the cheeks is said to give the appearance of dimples. It was a strange-looking gadget with cables that were potentially dangerous to the user’s face. According to the advertising she posted, regular usage of the product might result in a nice pair of dimples.

3. The Poker Face Mask

The Poker Face Mask

4.  Breast Washer 1930, France.

Breast Washer 1930, France.
image credit: gizmodo

This seems to be a device for massaging and/or washing breasts.

5. Goofybike. Charles Steinlauf’s family bicycle with a sewing machine for mom (Oct 1939).


The “Goofybike,” a two-story vehicle designed by Charles Steinlauf, is a humorous take on the classic bicycle. All of the Steinlaufs are transported in one vehicle. This vehicle is controlled by an enormous steering wheel, which is controlled by the inventor who rides on top.

6. Hangover Heaven (Apr, 1947)

Hangover Heaven (Apr, 1947)

This weird headgear is appropriately described as “hangover heaven.” In the beginning, it was invented by make-up artist Max Factor for actresses who needed a fast and easy solution to cool down their cheeks in hot studio environments without ruining their makeup. The headwear is decorated with water-filled plastic cubes, which are kept in the refrigerator until it freezes.

7. Portable sauna

Portable sauna

8. The Isolater

The Isolater

Isolater was first introduced in 1925. It was a gadget that kept writers from getting distracted by external distractions while they were writing.

9. Skin-whitening toilet mask to get rid of “imperfections”.

10. The Baby Cage

Cages for babies were hailed as the ‘it’ parenting device in the United Kingdom back in the 1930s. Mothers all around began hanging their children from windows and from hutch-like structures as a result of this idea. It was so that their newborns might be ‘aired’ and breathe the fresh air without moving out

11. A terrifying swim mask from the 1920s

This swimming mask with a complete face from the 1920s is just somewhat frightening. Its purpose was to provide sun protection for ladies.

12. Face protection from snowstorms, Canada 1939

When there was a lot of snowfall, people in Canada wore a plastic cone to protect their faces from snow. The design, which is similar to a horn skull, is unusual and eye-catching. However, it was probably beneficial for short travels in protecting against nature’s violent rise.

13. Beauty micrometer, 1933.

This “beauty micrometer,” was introduced in 1937, to offer clients instructions on where to apply cosmetics. They say that beauty salon may use the technology to understand more about their customers’ traits and how they can be improved upon. This is what the designers say is the perfect size for the face: an equal-length nose and forehead; two eyes spaced by a distance equal to the width of one eye.

14. The Baby Dangler

15. Car With Shovel For Pedestrians, Paris 1934

This is a shovel-like device mounted on a vehicle. The goal of this technology is to limit the number of pedestrians who are killed or injured during accidents.

16. The Scalp Molester – a massager made up of 480 artificial fingers

17. The Pack Smoker, 1955

This device was designed to allow you to smoke a whole package of cigarettes at once.

18. Clamps that helped to teach your kid to walk, 1939

19. A box that blasted your head with ultraviolet rays in hopes of curing diseases.

20. Radio Hat made by an American inventor in 1931.

Radio hats were small radios that were built into pith helmets. They could pick up broadcasts from stations that were within a 20-mile (32-kilometer) radius of the hats.

21. Bikes for your feet

22. Motorized roller skates, 1961

23. Amphibious Bicycle

The motorized roBuoys of a salesman in Paris, 1932, were used as bicycle wheels.  However, this individual tried it using ‘Cyclomer.’ Unfortunately, there’s no indication that he actually used it in the water.

24. An distressing baldness-curing hair growth cap

25. A massive automatic hair dryer.

26. Another hair dryer, 1940

27. A revolver that captured a picture every time it shot, New York 1938.

It was first used in 1938 in New York. When someone pulled the trigger on this revolver camera, it would take a picture. It was a Colt 38 that had a small, built-in camera.

28. Tiny umbrella for smoking on a rain day.

29. TV glasses decades before Google Glass, 1960s

30. Tanning vending machines, which provided people with a 30 second spray for ten cents, 1930.

It was created in Chicago in 1949 by the Star Manufacturing Company. Vending machines were put in areas where ladies needed a “quick” tan, such as near swimming pools and tennis courts. Using the gadget for 30 seconds would cost a user 10 cents. The vending machine has an appearance that is similar to that of a gasoline pump. It was a really fast and easy process.

31. The single-wheeled motorcycle, 1931.

M. Goventosa de Udine, an Italian inventor, is credited with the invention of the single-wheeled motorcycle. It has a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour.

32. Hair permer, 1930

33. Old tire-based inflatable life jackets in Germany, 1925.

A bunch of German youngsters used a bicycle tire to wrap over their bodies as a swimming aid.

34. Wooden Swimsuits, 1929

There were a lot of positive remarks on the ease and low cost of making a spruce veneer bathing suit. A certain amount of DIY and recycling was being promoted by them in terms of product creation.

35. Russian Tsar Tank, 1914 Moscow

Its two front wheels had a diameter of almost 9 meters (27 feet). A focus on mobility led to a smaller, triple-wheel back wheel that stood at just 1.5 meters (5 feet). Cannon steeple was about 8 meters high. There were two additional guns in the sponsons. Underneath the front were hidden weaponry. Each wheel was fueled by a 250-horsepower shaft engine. Wheels with huge diameters were built for tough environments.

There were a number of instances when the rear wheel became stuck in soft ground or wetlands, and the front wheels were unable to free it. In August 1915, tests in front of the high commission were a disaster because of this. The tank remained abandoned in the same place where it had been tested, around 60 kilometers from Moscow, until 1923. It was eventually destroyed and sold as scrap metal.

36. Trainer for shooting from an aircraft machine gun, 1914 Russia.

37. Robot policeman, 1967

In 1967, the Soviet government came up with a plan to get rid of police officers and replace them with robots. The Russian Robocop had access to 79 squads and could be remotely controlled.

38. Flying sanitary unit in Mukden, 1905

39. Tsar Nikolai’s II Car with skates, 1917.

40. Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit, 1911

Even though it has the appearance of a steampunk contraption, it is in fact a genuine historical instrument. In 1911, Mr. Mac Duff­ee tested his scary-looking A.D.S. to a depth of 214 feet in New York’s Long Island Sound.

41. Punt gun

Using a single shot from the Punt gun, you can take out dozens of birds. Because of its size, weight, and recoil, it was difficult to be handled with one’s hands alone. As a result, they are fitted on specialized tiny boats.

These shotguns were often used in the United States and Great Britain for the commercial hunting of wild waterfowl. For about a dozen years, punt guns were used in Great Britain. They stopped being used when better hunting standards and laws were put in place.

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