Stupid invention #7 has a very practical side to it
What a pain to try and talk on your cel phone when there’s noise in the background.
What a pain standing in line at (insert wherever you shop) listening to someone screaming a conversation to someone on the other end, while the clerk and everyone in line are subjected to the wait and noise. As you can tell it’s a pet peeve of mine. Anyone remember manners?
There was one solution worked out for this mess long before cel phones became the convenience/intrusion they are today.
STUPID INVENTION #7 – THE LARYNGAPHONE – 1929
Initially I thought this was one of the dumbest ideas ever. But the more I thought about it, it really was a clever use of the technology available at the time. Trying to makea call from a phone booth (remember them? Ask Superman) with all the traffice and background noises must have been a challenge. Enter the Laryngaphone which only transmitted vibrations from vocal chords when the microphone was placed against the throat or cheek. So how well did it work? Answer this:
Did you ever hear of one before reading this?