LINKED: ‘Turboencabulator‘

The turboencabulator (and
its later incarnation, the ‘retroencabulator’) is a fictional machine
whose alleged existence became an in-joke and subject of professional
humor among engineers. The explanation of the supposed product makes
extensive use of ‘technobabble’ (jargon that uses buzzwords, esoteric
language, specialized technical terms).

‘Time’ magazine reported on the joke in
1946: ‘The original machine had a base-plate of prefabulated amulite,
surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two
spurving bearings were in a direct line with the pentametric fan. The
main winding was of the normal lotus-o-delta type placed in panendermic
semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected
by a nonreversible tremie pipe to the differential girdlespring on the
‘up’ end of the grammeters.’  ~ cont’d

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