At the beginning of the twentieth century, 40 percent of American men belonged to this or that fraternity, and evil made fun of newcomers with the help of kicking goats, sleeper machines, electric chairs and carpets and the like. Almost all of their devices for jokes were included in the catalogs published by the manufacturer, by DeMoulin Brothers, in the period 1896-1930.
Joking devices, personifying fraternal leprosy, invented the three sons of a French immigrant. DeMoulins existed during the heyday of technological eccentricity - the “Golden Age of Invention”.
By the way, in the period between 1907 and 1911 the largest number of patents was registered - about 16,000 per year. Of the more than a hundred patents filed by DeMoulins from 1895 to 1929, several dozen were registered.
Deceptive Cordless Phone
“When a candidate tries to answer such a phone call, the 32-caliber blank cartridge explodes with a loud bang while a portion of white powder is thrown into his face.”
Cost: $ 35.00
Hidden paddle mechanism
A new member of the community, intending to demonstrate his masculinity with the help of a force meter device, suddenly becomes discouraged by the sound of an explosion of a 32-caliber blank cartridge behind her, followed by a paddle hit “where his mother used to sneak her sneaker” face.
Cost: $ 21.00, $ 33.50 - with an additional stun gun, $ 0.45 - a box with 50 spare blank cartridges.
Room with throwing knives
“Believe me, this is pizhonstvo. Totally harmless, but nonetheless a scam. ” The candidate is sure that the knives will throw an Arab, but in reality they are hidden in the back wall and thrown out from the back through the holes with a characteristic sound with the help of a spring. Simultaneously with the discharge of electric current, for a moment penetrating the hand, this creates a feeling comparable to the insertion of the blade.
Cost: $ 155.00, knives included.
When the candidate pulls the handle, the spring actuates the paddle, striking it in an “interesting place” and causes an explosion of the idle chuck with a loud sound. But that's not all: the electric motor, hidden under the platform, produces a decent electric charge.
$ 12.50 (50 spare blank cartridges included)
“We thought we had reached perfection when the goat pizabreli, but the world of our imagination and ingenuity has created a new model - really stunning.” Only a large wheel reaches the floor, small wheels can be compared with goats' hooves, occasionally touching the floor.
Cost: $ 53.00, costume of the rider-thug or cowboy $ 7.50.
The newcomer kneels in front of the altar in a dark room, and ... bang! In front of him, a large skeleton with huge luminous and ferocious eyes jumps out, the blank cartridge explodes, and a jet of water shoots in the face with a simultaneous blow of an electric discharge to the knees.
Cost: $ 76.00
Chair with a surprise
“The stunning effect is due to the tilting back, accompanied by a loud blast - it is incomparable even with a dead loop. The device creates a real sense of immersion with minimal risk for the “passengers”, since the back is soft enough and the balancer leg will not allow a sharp drop. ”
Cost: $ 15.00.
Used with an electric carpet, "so that the candidates remain in the ranks." "It consists of a heavy canvas body 20 feet long, well-stuffed,the grotesque head and additional fastening belts located every five feet. "
Cost: $ 30.00, $ 0.75 per additional foot length.
The ingenious and solid mechanism is a chair that is securely held in place with a hook. If you pull the hook, the seat with the candidate falls back and rapidly rushes forward and down. At the bottom of it already waiting for "on duty" with a water gun for a refreshing effect.
Cost: $ 155.00, attached water gun, $ 2.00 - additional water gun.
Fluffy wonder goat
The Fluffy Miracle is an impressive goat in every respect. She jumps, rears, swings from side to side, pushes and bucks. The body is upholstered with dyed fur, has horns and eyes. Goat is packed in a box with a hinged lid, lock and key. It weighs about 200 pounds.
Cost: $ 82.00, possible options for a horse, donkey, tiger or camel instead of a goat, for an additional $ 10.00.
But that is not all! Here are some more options:
Destroy the Hornets' Nest
“When a good brother wanted to be admitted to the members of the box, he did not suspect that he would be“ stung ”.He also did not think that he would become so “active” in the bed in such a short period of time. I wouldn’t have put a bee in his hat; perhaps he wouldn’t take a “trip” through the swamp. But that is what happened, and he discovers that there are a lot of hornets and mosquitoes, for which even clothes are not a hindrance. "
“The candidate thinks that he is fully in line with the fraternity, until the Chief Claimant declares that the newcomer must undergo a severe test: he must have a certain sign on himself if he wants to be“ one of ”.