Maker Mayhem: Car Seat Dog Leash
Matt Maranian's latest installment of Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-to History examines the Car Seat Dog Leash project as a lesson in the laws of physics
Many people believe that a death by hanging is the result of strangulation. This is not true. A death by hanging is the result of a broken or dislocated second cervical vertebra called the axis, which, if the hangman knows what he or she is doing, should sever the spinal cord, arrest blood pressure, and force the subject to lose consciousness, all in a matter of about two seconds. The brain death that follows can take as long as twenty minutes, but that won’t be enough time to revive the Fox Terrier dangling off the edge of your front seat by the end of this custom leash, as shown here in a simple how-to from the late 1950s.
So simple in concept, but this is a design built on a couple of dubious assumptions. First the assumption that a small dog will sit obediently on the edge of a car seat in a moving vehicle just like a little human and not get all crazy and fiendishly paw at or try to jump out the window. And there’s the far more critical assumption that a sudden stop wouldn’t throw said canine off his ass and over the carpet, hind legs first, snapped at the neck and tethered by a leather strap to the car seat, twisted in a frozen grimace like a roasted duck hanging in the window of a poultry shop. The instructions tell us that this leash is attached to “a sponge rubber ball wedged between the back and the seat cushion,” the human equivalent of which might be a rope tied around the driver’s neck, hitched to the back of the seat’s headrest at a length of about ten inches. Try texting and driving trussed up like that, I dare you.
Although primarily—and ironically—designed to prevent injury to a small dog who insists on riding shotgun, the caption touts the added bonus of protecting “the instrument panel from claw scratches.” But if scratches on your dashboard freak you out that much, wouldn’t it be more humane to hogtie your pets and toss them in the trunk, or cage and strap them to the roof of the car, Romney-style?
Here’s a vegetable gardener who didn’t want to share his bounty with slugs and snails, so he strung an electric barrier around the perimeter of his raised bed garden. Anytime a voracious mollusk attempts to enter the garden, it must first crawl over a pair of electrified wires, where it receives a mild shock sufficient […]
My DIY project book, Maker Dad is just $2 as a Kindle right now.
If you cut a zip-tie tail with scissors, it leaves a sharp-edged stub. In this video, you’ll learn how to use pliers to twist of the tail, which creates a stub without a sharp tail. I just tried it (above photo) and it works. On the left is twist method. On the right is the […]
Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despite its small size, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can handle anything from baked pastries to broiled meats. This kitchen appliance has a minimal countertop footprint, and cooks […]
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]