Sucking on the Popsicles of the Future with Doctor Venus and Lady Penelope

In the 1960s, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made a series of commercials for Britain's Lyons Maid ice cream treats featuring characters from their various puppetronic series. This one, circa 1963, is for a suggestively shaped three-stage "ice lolly" called Zoom and features Col. Steve Zodiac and Doctor Venus of Fireball… » 4/04/08 1:40pm 4/04/08 1:40pm

"If Mail Can Be Shot Through a Tube Why Not Meals?"

From his first job at Scientific American circa 1900 to his retirement in 1956 as science editor at the New York Times, Waldemar Kaempffert wrote widely about the sciences. As you might imagine from the man who penned yesterday's Popular Mechanics article, Kaempffert was a man with grand plans for a future world made… » 2/27/08 12:40pm 2/27/08 12:40pm

Is That a Magnetron Tube In Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

One day in the mid-1940s, Raytheon employee Percy Spencer was working with an active radar set when he noticed that a candy bar in his pocket had melted. Spencer got some popcorn, put it in proximity of the magnetron tube that generated the microwaves for the radar, and was soon enjoying a tasty snack. Raytheon… » 2/06/08 1:10pm 2/06/08 1:10pm