Picture of the Day: Turkey Tech

More

turkeytimer.jpg

How do you know when your turkey is done? For many Americans, the answer is when the little temperature gauge pops. Above is a patent for one such device, the "temperature signaling device," awarded to George G. Kliewer of Fresno, California, in 1970. As the patent explains the invention, "A food temperature indicator having a spring loaded indicating rod member releasable from a retracted position responsive to the disengagement thereof by a retaining member. ... To effect disengagement, the retaining member must displace a volume of fusible material." That's patent-speak for the material at point 46 becomes molten, the pin falls, and the indicator pops. Let's hope yours works as well as Kliewer imagined.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: USPTO.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In