Weird Inventions

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Here are some clever, unusual and weird inventions.

Theo Jansen is a Dutch innovator and kinetic sculptor who spent sixteen years engineering some weird inventions.

Constructed from wood, sails, plastic bottles and tubing, Jansen created various skeleton structures that walk along the wind swept beaches of his native Netherlands.

Blending engineering with biomimicry, these large structures known as "Strandbeasts" move like insects when blown by the wind.

Jansen's inventions gained worldwide attention when he was featured in a television commercial for BMW.


Weird Inventions By Students

Tom Baynham and Ben Tyers created these weird inventions following the completion of their Masters degrees in engineering at Cambridge University.

This humorous video demonstrates numerous clever inventions that support Einstein's theory that nothing happens until something moves.

Weird Air Conditioned Shirt

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This crazy invention is a polyester shirt with a pair of inbuilt cooling fans. Yeap, on those really hot days you can turn on the fans and pump air up your backside to keep your hard drive from overheating.

The 4 inch (100 mm) diameter high-speed fans push 20 liters (5.8 gallons) of air per second underneath the fabric.

image of air conditioned shirt AA batteries provide the power and can be recharged with a USB connection. All the electrical components are removable.

The fans create a layer of circulating air that enhances moisture evaporation, which cools the body.

The only drawback appears to be the styling because it pumps you up to look like the "Michelan Man".


Weird Inventions In Body Piercing

A body piercer embedded microdermal implants in his wrist so he could attach an Apple iPod Nano to his arm.

The implanted anchors are magnetic and attach to four metal pads on his iPod so that he can wear the device on his body.

Hurban introduced his strapless media watch, which he calls the "iDermal" at a body piercing convention in Baltimore. "I did it because I wanted a strapless watch" claims Durban.

According to Hurban, his invention is getting a lot of attention. "Obviously, there are a few people who don't like it," he says, noting that someone referred to his creation as the "iDiot".

A video of the procedure has gone viral on Youtube but a word of warning - watching someone punch holes in their skin to embed metal studs amid blood soaked gauzes is not for the faint of heart.

Weird Dog Bowl Invention

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This weird invention must have been inspired by the question, "Why do dogs drink out of toilets?"

According to veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly it's because dogs love the taste of toilet water. More specifically, dogs love fresh, cool water, which they need to constantly access to control their body temperature.

We don't usually associated toilet water with "fresh" but compared to a dog's water bowl - it is. This is because toilet water is continually replenished.

Dogs have an acute sense of smell and can detect a single drop of blood in 3.8 liters (1 gallon) of water and are among the few species that can eat and defecate in the same area due to their ability to sense bacteria.

cartoon of dog drinking from toilet Often, the reason dogs don't drink from their water bowl is because the water is stagnant and polluted with contaminants. So their preferred source for fresh drinking water is the toilet.

But despite this rational, the idea of our pets burying their heads in our toilets and slurping up water is disgusting. But now there is a solution.

We can get our dogs their own toilets. It's ceramic, just like ours, because this keeps water cooler and a 2 liter bottle over the tank replenishes the bowl.


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