The April Fool Archive

The Cordless Radio Iron    (April Fool's Day - 1956)

Radio-Electronics magazine published its annual article by Mohammed Ulysses Fips, in which Fips revealed that he had solved the problem of "cord nuisance" when ironing clothes. He had done this by inventing an iron that had no cord. Instead the ironing board itself was powered and heated the iron by means of induction coils. He had also built into the iron a radio that was powered thermo-electrically, by the heat of the iron itself, so the person ironing clothes could listen to music as they worked. Unfortunately, because of the high cost of the cordless iron (Fips admitted he spent over $250 to make the prototype), he had not yet been able to interest any companies in manufacturing his invention commercially.

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