Punch,  26 (1854), 21.

The Orthodoxometer or Theologoscope

Eusebius Humm


Letter, Spoof


Religion, Spiritualism, Invention, Controversy, Belief

    Describes his invention for testing books whose religious 'orthodoxy or moral fitness' is 'called in question'. The 'Orthodoxometer or Theoloscope' exploits table-turners' claim that tables are apparently unable to rotate when pious books are placed on them but rotate violently when 'profane or heterodox literature' lies on them. It requires 'practised table-movers to place themselves en rapport with the table' and to record the behaviour of the table after suspect books are placed on it. Includes a list of results which correlate title of work with movement of table/degree of profanity. Hopes his invention will end theological controversy and be 'seized or distrained upon' for debts.

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