Inventions that killed their creators
Today, as a hundred years ago, people never cease to invent something new. But in the past there was no computers and telephones, and people on their own to find new ways of technology development. Sometimes all ended foolish and tragic.
Fred Dyusenberg and his need for speed
In the early 1900s, there were only three car companies with mass production: Ford, Chrysler and GM. Cars made with the expectation that any American can buy a vehicle. But Fred Dyusenberg decided to go ahead. Together with his brother August, he designed a motor for the plane, but decided to use it for the more advanced car. Original car Model J was completed in 1928 and was sold at a cost of 8500 to $ 18 500 depending on the design. For comparison, the Ford car company was worth about $ 850. Fred tried to create the fastest car, because the motor is constantly improved. In 1932 he went on his own invention, and crashed at high speed.
Alexander Bogdanov died trying to become immortal
Alexander Bogdanov of the former Soviet Union died in 1928 under unusual circumstances. Bogdanov was a talented doctor, but it held and other areas. He even wrote several science fiction books. In one of them the action takes place on Mars, where people exist in a utopian society. On Mars, the people possessed the secret of eternal life, and the doctor-writer decided to implement a plan devised by him immortal life. Bogdanov was the practice of blood transfusion. He believed that the blood of young men and women will make him immortal, but he did not check donors for disease. Last transfusion gave him no immortality, and malaria.
Francis Edgar Stanley and Stanley Motor
In Francis Edgar Stanley was the twin brother of Frilan Oscar Stanley, both of them were born in Maine (USA) in 1849. Before the car has become the main means of transport, people used carts pulled by horses and bicycles. When Frances married, he began to worry about his wife, who does not know how to ride a bike, will travel. On one of the fairs Stanley brothers learned about the steam engine and founded his car company. In 1902, the company became known as the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, and later Stanley Steamers. Once, the brothers decided to test the new car models in the mountains and compete. As a result, Francis had an accident when the car climbed the mountain.
Jean-Francois de Rozier Pilatre - second Icarus
Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier was a professor from Paris, who loved all unusual. He created a mask that protects workers in areas with polluted air. When de Rozier was 31 years old, he learned that two brothers Montgolfier invented a big balloon, on which you can fly around the entire country. At first they were afraid to send people into the air, so the second flight went animals: sheep, a rooster and a duck. After two successful attempts brothers decided to send a balloon and people. Jean-Francois volunteered and brought with him an artist by the name of Roman. Jean-Francois was not happy with the design, so he remade it for the flight. The new model also had a balloon, but flew on helium. June 15, 1785 Jean-Francois flew with a friend on a new air unit, but it crashed. Jean-Francois died, Romain survived.
William Bullock is stuck in his invention
Before the invention of computers that can print the book for a moment, the books were printed on special machines. It was a very complex process: first, it was necessary to establish special blocks with letters and numbers, then using a hammer to interrupt them in a certain order, so that they appear correctly in the paper. The process was improved by replacing the materials from which the manufactured units (Chart replaced by metal). In 1844, Richard Ho invented the rotary press, which consisted of cylinders instead of flat presses. This has made the printing process faster, especially for newspapers. William Bullock was not completely satisfied invention Ho, because its appearance has created media. Each time not to insert the paper in the press was just a huge roll of paper. This also allowed the press to print on both sides of the sheet. April 12, 1867, when Bullock was examining the design press, his foot caught in the mechanism. Bullock helped out, but because of damage to his leg developed gangrene. The inventor died on the operating table.
Otto Lilienthal just wanted to be able to fly
The brothers Otto and Gustav Lilienthal wanted to fly so that the invented mechanism, similar to the wings of a horror movie. They made their first flight long before the Wright brothers. Otto and Gustav constructed a glider with massive wings. By 1891, Otto made about two thousand test flights, and his brother with the invention are gaining popularity in the United States. August 9, 1896 glider crashed, Otto, who ruled them was killed.
Thomas Midgley, Jr. proved that karma works
In 1921 Thomas Midgley was a highly educated physicist, on account of which there have been several discoveries. But today know him as the inventor of the worst in the history of two of his discoveries. First - a chlorofluorocarbon, a chemical known as chlorofluorocarbon propellant gas for aerosol containers. Although there is no indication of harmful effects of Freon, a person will be a big problem if the substance gets into his body. Freon is not visible, so you do not even realize that the gas has got into the body until it is too late. Also freon destroys the ozone layer. The second invention Midgley also quite dangerous. In 1923, Midgley was vice president of General Motors, and looking for a way to get rid of knocking while driving. People have been using ethanol, but it was very expensive. Midgley discovered that tetraethyl lead can substitute in the production of ethanol. However, even in 1923, people understood that lead to a fall, so Midgley gave his invention called "ethyl" to confuse consumers. In 1940, Thomas Midgley came down with polio, probably due to chemical poisoning, he suffered every day. He was upset that bedridden. So he invented a system with ropes, which would help him to move. Once he lost control and strangled himself.
Karel Soucek crossed Falls in a barrel, but was killed in the tower
Karel Soucek crossed Niagara Falls in a barrel. It happened all this madness in 1984. He designed the device and decided thus to perpetuate his name in history. But crossing the Niagara for Soucek was not enough. He decided to use the same structure to fold from a high tower in Houston. Soucek dropped from a height of 55 meters they constructed a barrel, in which he was supposed to land in the pool at the bottom. But the barrel was moving too fast, and Soucek landed on the edge of the pool. Karel died instantly.
Li Xi perish by the sword
Even in the distant past policies intrigued and tortured people. Li Si was prime minister during the Qin Dynasty in 246 BC. e. and engaged in the development of laws. He has created a level playing field in different spheres of life - for example, all the chariots and carts on the road were equal. He also cut taxes, why became popular among the people. Li Si has promulgated the document "About five methods of pain," which described the torture to be applied to criminals. Methods, by the way, were terrible: for example, the poor man could cut the nose or feet or behead him with a sword. Once there was a nasty story, which resulted in Lee Si brought a man to suicide. The Prime Minister tried and beheaded by the sword in accordance with his document.
Max Valier, first rocketeer
Max Valier adored missiles and explosions, he did not even think about their own safety. In the 1920s, has not the fire safety rules have been designed so that all demonstrations were rockets at random. Max was engaged in that built into a small jet engines in trains, aerodynamic sleds and racing machines. But he soon tired of such petty things and began to engage more missiles. He mixed the fuel with oxygen, and because he did not know in what proportions it was necessary to take them, I have been very risky mix. Max spent five months of tests, try different combinations. In May 1930, he experimented with other kerosene, water and liquid oxygen, and there was an explosion. The missile, which was tested, Max got in the chest, he died on the spot.