My very first post nearly two years ago on this little blog of mine was on a whacky invention...The Indipod.
). It was a handy invention that allowed you to take a poop in the privacy of the back of your car will the full convenience of a real bathroom. It's been awhile since I did a post about goofy inventions and patents, so I thought I'd do one today.
I present to you...US Patent 4,605,000: The Greenhouse Helmet
For you environmentalists, you will surely appreciate what this contraption is trying to do. Don't we all need more oxygen? Don't plants create oxygen? So why not harvest the power of plants?
This gadget is basically a giant helmet with shelves inside for you to place plants on top of. Makes sense, right? With the helmet on, and the plants securely on these minishelves - you will enjoy pure and natural oxygen made by Mother Nature. Al Gore would be even more impressed!
Plus, imagine how pleasant it would be to have two plants near your head all day long...inside a helmet that will probably fog up within a matter of minutes. As you can see from the patent illustration above, the inventor decided to use cacti as his plant of choice.
That sounds safe, huh? Who wouldn't want a couple cacti plants a mere inch from both your cheeks? I wonder if he chose cacti for their amazing oxygen producing abilities.
A plant leaf is able to produce 5mL of oxygen per hour.
An average human needs about 53,000 mL of oxygen per hour.
So...wait a minute...
A cactus plant doesn't have any damn leaves!
Oh well. I really want one of these Greenhouse Helmets, but I would make a few modifications to mine:
Don Herbert, Mr. Wizard
, passed away on Tuesday, June 12th of bone cancer. Mr. Wizard's World
on Nickleodeon was my favorite show growing up. I was fortunate to be the first kid on the block with cable television when it premiered, and my friends would come over my house to watch Mr. Wizard use regular household items to teach us about the world of science.
One of the absolute coolest things I saw on Mr. Wizard's World
was when he was showing a kid how liquid nitrogen could freeze a rose...and then he shattered the glass-like flower on the table.
I was hooked. The world of science wasn't just for the nerds, the super-smart, or the intellectuals. Science was cool for everbody.
Mr. Wizard, thank you for the many years of fun, learning, and discovery.You can send your own personal message to the Official Mr. Wizard Studios Guestbook.
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