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'ThingamaBob' invents a ‘Beer Slider’ on H2

Last night’s first episode of ThingamaBob was titled “Beer Slider.” It stars zany Brooklyn-based inventor Bob Partington, who now has his own show for all to be pleasantly surprised by his wit and creativity on History Channel’s H2.

Bob Partington inventor and host of ThingamaBob on H2

On each episode, Bob receives a box containing three items. He and his team will do their best to reconfigure the items into three more useful items. As Bob redoes these items, fans will try to figure how the three items are related to a person or event of historical significance.

When Bob received this box, it contained an old phonograph, a large roll of tape. And a Morse telegraph key. Now off to see what people think he should make.

As he walked the streets of Brooklyn, he took the telegraph key and got suggestions for a slider that would send beer down the length of a bar. He went to Superfine, a bar and restaurant in Brooklyn and asked Tanya, the bar owner, if he could create an invention using the Morse code tapper to send beers to the proper seat at the bar. She agreed, and off he went to the workshop. When he showed the guys his concept, they liked the idea, but the two-day window was a challenge. As they tried every concept of sliding the beer, there were several broken bottles and spills before they were satisfied with the result. At the bar, the first try was a failure, but after a few valve adjustments, it was a success and the bar filled with people were in celebratory mode and wanting their beer sent via the machine.

Next, he looked for ideas for the roll of tape. When he walked into a tee-shirt shop, the women invited him to their anniversary party the following day. So he wanted to make something for their party. So using the phonograph and the roll of tape, he and his crew designed a contraption that resembled the old game of Mouse Trap. When a person wearing a tee-shirt, stood in front of the gizmo, it sprayed the word Brooklyn on their shirt.

All three of the items were related to the inventions of Thomas Edison, on this episode of ThingamaBob.

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