Friday, June 14, 2019

What A Useful Invention, I think...!

The human mind is forever surprising with the crazy inventions that it can create. Although not of much use today, in their day these inventions of the Victorian age must have been handy. Here is one, taken from the pages of Listverse.

Multipurpose Cane

Admittedly, though bizarre, I can see the value in this particular invention. What this invention does is quite clear: it serves its standard function as a cane, as well as providing many other uses to its bearer. Some of the noble pursuits which the cane was tailored to were flute playing, horse measuring, and the capturing of butterflies. Should a gentleman ever be caught in the rain, fear not: for the cane contained an umbrella as well, keeping the man nice and dry to light his cane-pipe. I see nothing more bizarre about this invention than a standard Swiss army knife, and can you use a Swiss army knife as a cane? That depends upon how tall you are, but I have my doubts.

We may think of these inventions as useless now, but they did show quite a bit of imagination for their time.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!


Rob said...

When you can use one, a cane is a really neat thing to have on hand!
I suspect the cane with the butterfly net was a fashion accessory because most people who carry canes are not up to chasing butterflies.

Sadly it's a little too cool this morning in this part of Georgia for coffee outside.

Mamahen said...

I often use my cane to drag ties on the top shelf at stores close enough to reach them....49° here this a.m...your patio Sounds inviting:))

JO said...

I think these are quite interesting and some are useful. Also fun.

Patio sound fine this morning before the heat turns it's nasty head up

Sixbears said...

. . . and now I want one.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I have a knee that keeps going out, so I could use that cane.