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Siberian Bear-hunting armour, c.1800s

Russian bear hunting armor from the century. I feel like the main purpose of this armor isn't so much to fight a bear as it is to make the bear feel so weirded out and uncomfortable that it simply decides to leave. Which is a win, too, in my book.

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314 - Watch the Road: World's Earliest SatNav

This fantastic contraption, called the ‘Routefinder’, showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end. The technology – a curious cross between the space age and the stone age – consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ‘scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip...

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