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  I have recently been attempting to seek out and learn more about technologies that have fallen by the wayside, been swept under the rug, or are simply not widely known by the general population. NEW and OLD!

  I thought in an effort to bring some knowledge to me I would try it out as a group here on AoM. There seems to be a wide knowledge base here, from a pretty diverse group of people. Some of you must have some "Remember when...?" knowledge passed down from fathers and Grandfathers.

  Do you know of, or have you heard of, are you privy to any type of information that fits this description? Please, share it with everyone. This can be any type of technology at all ie fuel energy, farming techniques, gardening, flying, math, education, etc. The possibilities are endless. I mean anything that has been altered, changed, bastardized, watered down, intentionally hidden, mangled with false information, out lived or surpassed by competing technologies, or simply forgotten because it's usefulness fell out of date, or even was considered too "crazy" by the establishment of the times.

   Feel free to include individuals and personalities, futurists and "mad scientist" type ideas that were introduced and never saw the light of day. 

  I think this could be very entertaining, fun and maybe even a little educational.

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Comment by Karl Helweg on September 26, 2014 at 1:41pm

There has been earlier information on wood gasifiers and biodiesel here but waste oil diesel is another option:  http://www.wasteoildiesel.com/

Comment by Karl Helweg on September 26, 2014 at 1:35pm

I just wanted to cache this brilliant and brutally simple foxhole radio design. 

Comment by Karl Helweg on September 25, 2014 at 1:27pm

This might be the cleverest "portable" crystal radio that I have ever seen. 

Comment by Karl Helweg on August 27, 2014 at 12:26pm

Even simpler, older hand reloaders with molds. 

Comment by Karl Helweg on August 27, 2014 at 12:23pm
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Comment by Karl Helweg on July 29, 2014 at 2:38pm

Probably beyond most people's ability to make at home but worth knowing about is "sulpha drugs."  These were the first effective antibiotics and chemotherapy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfonamide_%28medicine%29

http://chem.wisc.edu/deptfiles/genchem/Chm346/pdfs/A00.Sulfanilamid...

Comment by Karl Helweg on July 23, 2014 at 4:41pm
Comment by Karl Helweg on July 21, 2014 at 4:14pm

Just to go along with the crystal radio there is the spark gap transmitter:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark-gap_transmitter

There is a cousin to the crystal radio, the foxhole radio: https://cactusbush.wordpress.com/tag/simple-radio/

Comment by Karl Helweg on June 23, 2014 at 12:48pm

Ari White - unfortunately I cannot argue with your reasoning for why gassifier kits are not likely to be marketed at this time.  It does cause me to toy with the idea of converting my gasoline powered boat since there is lots of room to mount it on the back of the boat, we live in a rainforest where wood is plentiful along virtually all shorelines, there is room to feed a gassifier,  I tend to not be in much of a hurry when I am boating, and marine gas is outrageously expensive.  Just a thought although I can find surprisingly few examples of boat gassifiers(?)

Just so we don't beat gassifiers to death as the only worthwhile archaic technology, has anyone built a crystal radio:  http://scitoys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/homemade_radio.html

 

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