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Turning Points Features

A workingperson's answer to the Monday morning blues

Trouble getting out of bed in the morning? John Muir has the solution you've been looking for--a bed that gets rid of you!

In this short reminiscence, Grace Lindsley recalls a visit to Muir's dorm room at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1860s, where she encountered his combination bed/alarm clock that tipped him onto the floor at the appointed time each morning. At the same time, another mechanism would strike a match and light a candle at the foot of the bed. Muir's room was full of innovative gadgets to help him maximize his college experience, many of which could still prove quite useful today.

Posted September 29, 2005
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