Oddly Enough: February 2018

Oddly-Enough-LOGO-copyBy Russell Miller

Twice a day, 100 billion tons of seawater flows into and out of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada. That amount of water is equal to the daily flow of all the combined rivers on Earth.

ODDLY ENOUGH … The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides on the planet and reaches the incredible height of 50 feet.

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The first pedestrian to die by moving vehicle was in 1896. Since then, the imperative to save lives has been responsible for some innovative if not specious inventions. The “Pedestrian Catcher” (recorded as early as 1927) was one such device, which amounted to a scoop bolted to the front of an automobile. Activated by a lever inside the car, it violently ripped the person off the street and into a kind of netting. As one ad put it: “When the scoop is open, a jaywalker simply can’t get run over, and sometimes that’s more than he deserves.” Along with this dubious creation, there was the S hook, C clamp canvas pet bag that was simply affixed to the vehicle’s running-board. Its advertisement read: “Your dog will ride safely in this sack, which is quickly attached or removed.”

ODDLY ENOUGH These ideas were not simply the fever dreams of crazed American crackpot visionaries; these car accessories were used on several continents until reason, and I’m sure, lawsuits kicked in.

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Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King.

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