The Re-Inventors

Season 2 Episode 8

Snow Annihilator

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 09, 2011 on Smithsonian Channel
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For decades, man has moved snow from one side of the road to another in order to clear a path for drivers, but wouldn’t it be better to just eliminate it instead? In 1939, a patent was issued to the “Snow Annihilating Machine.” Part tank, part furnace, it featured a conveyor belt of steam pipes that would rotate through an oven before hitting the snowy surface. No one ever built a prototype, but 70 years later, the Re-Inventors will finally give this bizarre machine a long overdue road test.moreless

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