Impressive Historical Inventions Now Lost in Time
There’s an endless list of inventions that fundamentally changed our lives. Take the smartphone and internet, for example — can you imagine your life without them? How would we live if these things were never invented? What if someone destroyed these useful inventions? The reality is that there have been many brilliant inventions that for some reason or another, never made it into the hands of the public.
Bright Side wants to share the stories of 8 great inventions that could’ve turned the world upside down if they weren’t lost.
1. Stradivari’s musical instruments
Today musical instruments made by the Italian crafter Antonio Stradivari are worth their weight in gold. His violas, violins, and guitars can be exchanged for houses, cars, and precious stones. The price of each violin can reach thousands of dollars.
It’s all because of the unique quality of the instruments that sound like no other. Plus his instruments are extremely rare today.
Speaking of the rarity, the technology of making violins was the Stradivari’s family secret. But when Antonio died, the secret died with him. Only 600 instruments survive to this day.
2. Death ray
In 1930, Nikola Tesla created the death ray that he also called the Tele Force.
According to the scientist, the device generated an energy mass that could be used to destroy airplanes, machinery, or even a whole military unit within a radius of 200 miles.
However, after Tesla presented his device, people tried to steal it. That’s why the scientist had to destroy the device and all the blueprints. Many claim that he decided to get rid of the death ray when he realized that no one should own such a powerful device. And perhaps that is for the best.
3. Cold nuclear fusion
Do you remember the reactor in IronMan’s chest? This device works on the principle of cold nuclear fusion. In other words, it produces as much energy as a whole nuclear power plant, but it doesn’t heat up and can fit in your pocket.
In 1989, professor and journalist Eugene Mallove claimed that he observed the work of such device. In one of his books, he explains the successful experiment of cold nuclear fusion in detail. In 2004, Mallove died. Many scientists and other skeptics think that the professor’s book was just a hoax and the experiment never took place. Unfortunately, we’ll never know the truth.
4. Starlite material
Starlite is a really unusual kind of plastic that was invented in 1983 by an ordinary hairdresser, Maurice Ward. A thin layer of this material could be applied to any object and the latter would hold the temperature up to 18,000°F (which is twice as hot as the Sun’s surface.)
In 1993, Starlite’s qualities were demonstrated on TV. An egg was covered with a thin layer of plastic and heated up with a gas burner. When they cracked the egg, the egg white was completely raw.
In 2011, Maurice Ward died and didn’t leave any information about the material’s contents. For a long time, scientists tried to perform experiments with different materials but failed to find out what the Starlite was made of.
Wilhelm Reich, a scientist from Maine, liked to grow blueberries, but regular draughts often ruined the plants and berries. The scientist decided to create a device called the Cloudbuster. At least, this is what the legend says.
At the time of launch of the device, plants were suffering from a terrible drought and the weather forecast didn’t predict any precipitation. According to Bangor Daily News, 3 hours after the launch, the sky covered with thunderclouds and 3 inches of rain fell over a very short period.
After a couple of days, Wilhelm’s research was closed and the device prototypes were confiscated due to orders from the Government. But if that hadn’t have happened, the Cloudbuster would bring precipitation to the driest places on the planet.
6. Sloot’s digital coding system
Dutch inventor Romke Jan Bernhard Sloot came up with an idea of an algorithm that was able to decrease gigabytes of information by a hundredfold. He demonstrated his idea by playing 16 films from a single 64 Kbps chip.
In 1999, a few days before releasing a source code to the public, Sloot died in unusual circumstances. The information disappeared. If this kind of computer technology was available to the public, your phone would have enough memory to fit all the films that ever existed.
In 1931, Nicola Tesla was presented with a new car model called Pierce-Arrow. Tesla examined the car, went to a local store and bought some details. They all fit in a 23×5-inch box.
He placed the box behind the seat and plugged the wires to the air-cooled engine. Then he got in the car and drove. According to witness accounts, the car had a top speed of 100 mph and could go up to 8 hours without a recharge.
When the scientist was asked where the energy came from, he replied, “From the air.” People started laughing, claiming Tesla was crazy. Tesla got mad and destroyed the mystery box.
8. Rife’s device
In 1934, scientist Royal Rife invented a laser ray that attacked cancer cells and destroyed them. It may sound like a fairy tale, but his treatment was effective for 14 documented cases of patients diagnosed with terminal cancer.
But when the scientist refused to cooperate with a large state-owned firm, his laser was destroyed and the study was shut down. Just imagine the number of lives Rife’s invention could’ve saved!
Which of the inventions above do you think are worth working on again? Share your ideas in the comments!
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