I'm currently reading Christopher Hibbert's fascinating biography of Queen Victoria, and came across the following among the list of items exhibited in the Great Exhibition): "...a knife with a hundred blades, a garden seat made of coal, a doctor's stick with equipment for an enema in the handle...a stuffed frog holding an umbrella, a collapsible piano" and "an alarm bed which threw its occupant out at the chosen time."
Apparently none of these has caught on, but you have to admire the inventiveness of the Victorians.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
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