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  1. Alternate cookbook for athletes

    We need an alternate cookbook for athletes. This morning I was chatting - with a colleague about - how much he loves chasing hockey pucks. Too bad he does not know what to do with hockey pucks after he catches them. Should he slice the hockey pucks, bake, boil, fry, stew, steam. saute'?? What...
  2. Swiss Navy Knife?

    WI Switzerland had a navy and needed to issue knives to Swiss sailors? How many different sailing tools can you fold into a pocket knife? Marlin spike? Serrated rope knife? Rope un-tangling device? Rope coiling device?Brass polisher? Boot polisher? Boo tlicker? Oyster shucking tool? Spoon? Fork...
  3. Countries most affected by technological development

    OTL Which countries were most affected by technological development? Take the example of Canada, which was a loosely aligned cluster of Maritime Provinces with Quebec and Upper Canada (now Ontario) farther up the Saint Lawrence River. All the "Big Money" was based in Halifax (Nova Scotia...
  4. Earlier assault gliders?

    When is the earliest date for practical assault gliders? Let's start with small assault gliders meant to deploy small raiding parties of 4 to 6 men. When were WW1 airplanes powerful enough to tow 4-man gliders? Would they have been useful to Italian Arditi fighting in the mountains over-looking...
  5. How to train trees to support huge tree houses?

    How do you prune or train young trees to grow into the correct shape to support huge tree houses?
  6. WI Canadair built CF-5XL airplanes?

    WI Canadair developed a (fictional) version of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, with a delta/cranked arrow wing similar to the experimental F-16XL? OTL Canadair-built CF-5 fighters were forced on the RCAF by politicians. Federal politicians needed to buy more votes in Quebec by keeping the...
  7. Leaked plans of failed prototypes

    WI more plans of failed prototypes were leaked to potential enemies or industrial competitors? For example, during the 1930s Vickers only built one prototype of its “Independent” tank. The VI was huge, with 5 turrets, a huge crew, etc. After a bit of testing, the British Army declined to order...
  8. WI Emperor Haille Selasse fled to Jamaica in 1974?

    WI the Ethiopian famine of 1973 forced Emperor Haille Selasse to resign and flee to Jamaica? How would that change Ethiopian history? How would that change Jamaican history? How would that change the Rastafarian faith?
  9. WI soviet troops reached Wismar and Rostock first?

    During the late spring it 1945, Western Allies and Soviets raced to capture Nazi targets in Northern Germany, especially the Baltic Pirts of Rostock and Wismar Because WALLIED commanders feared that soviets would continuously advancing into Denmark. Control of the Danish Straits would give...
  10. WI if bums became as fashionable as gypsies?

    WI homelessness became fashionable? TV shows would follow: “Vagabonds of Vancouver,” “Bottle-Collectors of Boston,” “Homeless of Houston,” “Crack-Heads of Calgary,” “Denver’s Dumpster-Divers,” “Meth-Heads of Maple Ridge,” etc. TV cameramen would follow the homeless doing their nightly rounds of...
  11. WI Volkswagen produced more than 210 civilian Type 1 Beetle cars before WW2?

    WI Adolf Hitler kept his promise about a Peoples’ Car to motorized the Germany middle class? What if VW built hundreds of thousands of VW cars? WI Autobahns were completed before WW2?
  12. Canals not dug?

    If we quietly ignore 18th and 19th century digging dates, how would fewer canals affect industrial and civic development? For example, had the Saint Lawrence Seaway never een completed in 1959 would Montreal become the largest port in Canada? Would that break-bulk encourage earlier option...
  13. WI RR Merlin or Allison had motor-canons?

    Motor-canons were invented by Hispano-Suiza during WW1. The V-8 engine had a .303 Lewis machine gun laying between its cylinder banks and firing throughout by the propeller speed reduction unit. HS engines were so popular they were license-built in the UK Woolsley), USA Wright Hisso) etc. during...
  14. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    Poor little Ruralia bears neighbours rattling sabres during the 1930s. She realizes how out-dated her infantry small arms are. Ruralian Coast Guard and anti-smuggling police have a variety of foreign-made pistols and sub machine guns , but some are wearing out . American, British, Czech...
  15. Panic coastal patrol boat 1938

    Poor Ruralia, if sabre-rattling land neighbours are not enough, trouble is brewing along their rugged western coastline. The coast is as rocky as the western coasts of Norway and Canada, with dozens or old fjords, steep rocky islands and hidden shoals. Some of those fjords have nasty tides! The...
  16. WI the USA did not ban “military assault weapons” sales 1989 - 2004?

    What if the USA did not ban importation of “military style assault weapons” between 1989 and 2004? We are primarily discussing how this ban affected civilian gun-owners.
  17. Panic armoured car, 1938

    Poor Ruralia - or Ruratania depending upon your dialect - starts hearing rumours of neighbouring armies re-arming in 1938. Currently, the Ruralian Army/Federal Police/Border Patrol only have a handful of “beater” Rolls-Royce armoured cars to patrol their eastern borders. They primarily use RR...
  18. Challenge: name an airplane uglier than the Lloyd Luftkreuzer

    Challenge: name an airplane uglier than the Lloyd 40.08 Luftkreuzer bomber. Only a single prototype was built in Austria-Hungary during 1916, but it never flew! Instead, it tipped over on its nose during taxi-tests revealing a centre-of-gravity that was way too high and too far forward. Despite...
  19. Panic anti-tank weapon 1938.

    Poor Ruralia is till recovering from the Great Depression, but already seeing neighbouring nations re-arm. The scariest re-armament is in a neighbouring nation to the East. Rumour has it that the neighbours are building tanks. Does Ruralia need a Panic anti-tank weapon in 1938? Ruralia was also...
  20. WI Greater divergence of military firearms

    This thread intends to counter the multiple "Earliest possible assault rifles" threads by diversifying firearms developments and types. WI Belt-fed, pistol-calibre machine guns? WI Helixical magazines for everyone? WI Rocket howitzers? WI mortars were carried in motorcycle sidecars? WI...
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