From the same country that gave us Benny Hill came this remarkable invention that improved men's lives immeasurably.
In her 1922 essay, Marriage, Jane Burr (né Rosalind Mae Guggenheim, 1882 - 1958) refers to the modern marriage as "progressive monogamy". She writes knowingly about the blessings and damnation of matrimony and believed that the institution has only improved since we entered an age where unions between man and woman can be so easily dissolved.
"Over the civilized globe there hangs this tragedy of women and this tragedy of men - those who are free longing for bondage, those who are in bondage longing for freedom, everybody searching for the pure white flame, yet everybody compromising with sordidness that could be avoided, if only a new attitude could be legitimized."
Up all hours and badly in need of sleep, the pointy headed historians at this website have examined all other possibilities and - leaving no stone un-turned, mind you - have unanimously voted in favor of dubbing this the weirdest invention of 1912...
The attached paragraph first appeared in an 1893 book pertaining to "home economics" -and in the chapter concerning the benefits of wedlock, the cynical, old Victorian opines:
"...there are more good wives in the world than there are good husbands, which I verily believe."
One of the weirdest inventions found in the annals of Italian military history was reserved for sheep. The funny pictures attached herein were snapped during the Italian adventures in Ethiopia, when sheep parachuting from the sky was not thought of as anything unusual and the story goes that the far-flung Italian infantry simply could not bare to have the standard pre-packaged processed food that most armies have to suffer and so an accommodating military air-dropped do-it-tour-self Ossobuco kits.
A wife, having suffered her husband's stench long enough, had the police drag him away to stand before the local magistrate where, she hoped, some swift, punitive measure would be delivered and placate not only herself, but the long-suffering tax-payers as well. The husband agreed to bathe.