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Buzglyd 10-06-2008 07:22 PM

If you like mechanical stuff
 
This is a mechanical calculator from the 40s. It's got 605 parts in it!

Check out the video. I'm sure whoever invented this died penniless and insane.

Retromodo: Curta Mechanical Calculator With 605 Parts Developed in Concentration Camp

mscuddy 10-06-2008 07:36 PM

That's nothing, look up the Marchant mechanical calculator, had this giant drum that spun around in a typewriter like carridge after you entered the data, and pulled the handle. Didn't want to get your tie stuck in it, that's fer sure.

John Wolff's Web Museum - Marchant Figurematic - Drive Train

BrowningBAR 10-06-2008 08:13 PM


Buzglyd 10-06-2008 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by BrowningBAR (Post 195333)

Mine have been glowing since the PetScan!

seruzawa 10-06-2008 08:32 PM

605 moving parts? Pshaw! Just buy an Ironhead Sportster and you get that many in the cams drive alone and with the old straight cut gears you get to hear every single one. Cool.

Buzglyd 10-06-2008 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 195336)
605 moving parts? Pshaw! Just buy an Ironhead Sportster and you get that many in the cams drive alone and with the old straight cut gears you get to hear every single one. Cool.

Yeah well the Sportster wasn't invented in the 40s.

Oh, wait a minute..............

sarnali2 10-07-2008 08:12 AM

Those brake nut things have to be the most crass and tasteless(?) things I've ever seen. I thought the regular truck nuts were bad enough but jeezus christ on crutches, why don't you just wear a sleeveless tee-shirt, hang a rebel flag off your truck and spit copenhagen out the window....oh, wait...never mind....

Kenneth_Moore 10-07-2008 08:22 AM

How about 2000 years old? I saw a Discovery show on this gizmo. It is so complex that for years it was believed to be a hoax. But carbon-14 dating proved it's age, then a guy built it with tools of the day. They think Archimedes may have built it.

High tech helps solve mystery of ancient calculator - Network World


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