In 1965, George and Charlotte Blonsky, a childless New York couple were granted patent for a peculiarly weird invention—an ”Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force”.
The apparatus consist of a turntable over which the pregnant and ready to delivery woman is laid, with her legs pointed outwards, and is strapped down. The table is then rotated at high speed. When a sufficient speed is reached, the baby slides out of the birth canal propelled by centrifugal force caused by the rotating table. An “infant reception net” located between the legs of the mother catches the baby as it literally flies out.
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A replica of Blonskys’ child-birthing apparatus at Dublin’s Science Gallery.