A 78-year-old man in Scotland claims to have (and use) the world's oldest vacuum cleaner, a wonderfully named "Goblin Triumph" his mum bought from a door-to-door salesman in 1936.
'My Goblin is still used regularly about the house and has never stopped working since the day my mother bought it.'
Mr Cameron's superb collection of ancient gadgets was first featured six years ago when the pensioner was a familiar sight in his blue 16-year-old Reliant Robin around the streets of his native Paisley.
Then, he said: 'The Goblin is a very simple design. It is a motor and a fan with a cardboard tube attached.
'There is little to go wrong with the cleaner, so there is very little reason why it should not go on working forever. It will probably outlive me.'
Dave sez, "My wife and I were given my great-grandmother's hoover vacuum, along
with the original documentation for the same when she passed away
(2002). The vacuum was purchased in 1928, if I recall correctly. It
worked fine, and my wife and I used it for over a year until we could
afford a newer model that had a hepa filter. The vacuum still works,
and is in the possession of my great uncle, who is a bit of a
Update 2: TC sez, "This link gives a good early vacuum cleaner history."
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]
Real engineers build things. Super cool engineers build things with their hands and fingers, like our engineering forefathers did. No idea where to even begin to do that? This step by step Arduino course is now 92% off and is going to get you up and running, from zero to hero, in no time. So […]