Find an illustrated book of mischievous inventions
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: rellwood-ga
List Price: $25.00
22 Nov 2005 23:48 PST
Expires: 22 Dec 2005 23:48 PST
Question ID: 596607
I wish to identify a book that I owned many years ago and have since lost. The book had full-color drawings on every page of creative, original, and fantastic (unrealistic/imaginary) inventions of machines and other nick-nacks chiefly designed to cheat, decieve, and otherwise cause mischeff, both small- and large-scale. For example, I remember a drawing of a device that can be used to decieve others into thinking you're bathing, or an elaborate underground complex designed to manipulate a game of soccer above-ground to your liking, or a machine that lures people to it with a sandwich, only to flip them upside-down and shake change from their pockets, or a special pencil that you take into an exam, the shavings of which have the answers on them, or a vast machine that rolls down a street making many kinds of mischeff at the same time. It was an amusing book that (I'm pretty sure) was hardcover, and (I'm pretty sure) came out of the U.K. It was most likely published sometime after 1970, and definately before 1989.
Re: Find an illustrated book of mischievous inventions
Answered By: juggler-ga on 23 Nov 2005 00:34 PST
Hello. It sounds like you're describing "Outlawed Inventions" (also known as "Rodney Rootle's Grown-Up Grappler and Other Treasures from The Museum of Outlawed Inventions") by Chris Winn and Jeremy Beadle. http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=232625442&searchurl=y%3D0%26tn%3Doutlawed%2Binventions%26x%3D0 Consistent with your description, the book was originally published in 1982 in the United Kingdom. Various U.S. and U.K. editions are currently on sale at Abebooks.com: http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=232625442&searchurl=y%3D0%26tn%3Doutlawed%2Binventions%26x%3D0 -------------- search strategy: library of congress catalog, inventions humor I hope "Outlawed Inventions" is the book that you had in mind. If not, please let me know via the "request clarification" feature, and we'll go back to the drawing board. Thanks.
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Thank you, Juggler-Ga...that was just what I was looking for! Great job.
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