In Pictures: 14 cool, but off-beat inventions

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Cuban inventor Yolando Perez Baez displays his motor starter creation at a farm. His motor starter is a study in elegant simplicity and addresses a serious need in a country where major equipment tends to be antiquated and often in need of parts that are costly and hard to get. A weight, tied to a rope that is wrapped around the engine crankshaft, is lifted up by the rig and dropped. The fall pulls the rope and cranks the engine to life.

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