In the early 20th century, the world had some of the most outlandish and bizarre inventions out there. There were odd contraptions that would make it easier to do your shopping, or help create a better tomorrow. Not all of them would become widespread and some inventions never even left the drawing board, but they were still part of trying to improve your everyday life.
Terrifying inventions you should own and why. I’ve noticed a lack of articles on terrifying discoveries made in 1930. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more. Reading up on frightening findings from the past will certainly make me a better writer. In 1930 alone, scientists invented some terrifying things. Here’s my list of inventions in1930 that every man, woman, and child should own:
In 1930, scientists discovered that the Earth is not flat.
The Discovery of the Earth being round, rather than flat, was big news in the scientific world in 1930. The panic and chaos that would cause if the word got out too soon would be catastrophic. These discoveries earn a place on my list of terrifying inventions to buy and own at any cost…in no particular order because this is just an irresponsibly constructed list.
In 1930, Edison invented the escalator.
1930 was an exciting year in Scientific Discovery. From innovations in computers to the discovery of vitamins, there were a lot of exciting new developments which could not be ignored. In 1930, Thomas Edison invented the escalator (ironically, he got electrocuted testing it and died) and the atomic clock — which is far more accurate than any standard clock today. The Monopoly board game was invented during this time, as well as blood banks, ultrasound imaging, and x-rays.
In 1930, three-toed sloths were first discovered in South America.
The one place you would least expect to find them. Imagine running across a sloth. You probably wouldn’t be very alarmed because they are slow and docile animals. But imagine if they had teeth, not just their two large claws that they normally use to tear open coconuts. And then imagine if these teeth turned into steel blades like those found on a chainsaw or a blender! That’s the stuff nightmares are made out of my friends. And kids, don’t try this at home.
In 1930, the first trans-Atlantic flight took place.
The stage was set for World War II, which would bring with it more frightening inventions. The first trans-Atlantic flight was on this day in 1930, made by a US military Martin M-130 flying boat. This flight was commemorated with a “golden jubilee” anniversary in 1980.
I think it’s easy to forget about some of the terrifying scientific studies that were conducted back in the day, and how those findings could be used for good or ill. The articles here are a reminder of that—and I hope you’ve been able to appreciate them. As for me, I’ll be reading up on more of these fascinating “forgotten” stories from history. Enjoy!