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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Gestate, Then Rotate

Ever heard the phrase, "I'm gonna hit you so hard your kids will be born dizzy"? A patent issued in 1965 for an Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force made dizzy infants a real possibility. George and Charlotte Blonsky thought that their spinning invention would be welcomed by "civilized" women who lacked the necessary muscle development to speed childbirth along.

It is the primary purpose of the present invention to provide an apparatus which will assist the under-equipped woman by creating a gentle, evenly distributed, properly directed, precision-controlled force, that acts in unison with and supplements her own efforts.
[Hat tip: 2Spare, via Neatorama]

Miriam

Looks like some sort of medieval torture device...as if childbirth wasn't torture enough already!

Chris

Here's a link to an article from last summer about the Blonskys. Apparently, George got the idea while watching a pregnant elephant twirling at the Bronx Zoo prior to giving birth.

The couple won a 1999 Ig Nobel Prize for their invention. I haven't found any evidence (Thank God!) that the device was ever built and used.

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