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They Invented What? (No. 239)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 16, 2014

U.S. Patent No. 4,151,613Protective device for the buttocks and hips of a person for use in skateboarding.

JW Note:  For all our readers who are also skateboarding enthusiasts!

skatebutt

What is claimed is:

1. A flexible, unitarily molded, protective device for wearing on and protecting the buttocks and hips of a person engaging in the sport of skateboarding comprising:

a. casing means having resilient means disposed therein and having a generally rectangular configuration adapted to be worn around a person’s midsection and comprising cutout sections in the upper portion providing upwardly extending arm members;
b. said arm members comprising slot means containing a belt member therethrough;
c. said rectangular casing means including a lower main body portion comprising tongue means and annular slot means at each side;
d. a pair of double stranded cord means secured to the lower central portion of said main body portion and to said annular slot means on each side of said lower body portion whereby said device is worn and secured around a person’s waist by securing said belt member to the person’s waist and securing each of said cord means around each of the person’s legs.

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They Invented What? (No. 238)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 12, 2014

U.S. Patent No. 6,860,237: Bird perch.

birdperch

I claim:

1. A bird perch worn on a person’s upper arm comprising:
a generally curved relatively rigid band;
means for releasably securing said band to the person’s upper arm; and
a perch extending generally horizontally outwardly from said band.

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They Invented What? (No. 237)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 13, 2013

U.S. Patent No.8,147,323: Gaming machine with visual and audio indicia changed over time.

JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2014!

For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here.  

gamingsanta

What is claimed is:

1. A gaming system, comprising: a gaming terminal having a display for displaying (i) a basic game having a plurality of symbols that indicate a randomly selected outcome selected from a plurality of outcomes, (ii) one of a first group of bonus games in response to a special event occurring during the basic game within a first time period, (iii) one of a second group of bonus games in response to the special event occurring during the basic game within a second time period, the second time period occurring after the first time period, and (iv) one of the first group of bonus games in response to the special event occurring during the basic game within a third time period, the third time period occurring after the second time period; and a controller coupled to the gaming terminal and operative to (i) associate the first group of bonus games with the basic game during the first time period, (ii) associate the second group of bonus games with the basic game during the second time period such that, during the second time period, the second group of bonus games can be played but the first group of bonus games cannot be played, and (iii) associate the first group of bonus games with the basic game during the third time period such that, during the third time period, the first group of bonus games can be played but the second group of bonus games cannot be played.

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They Invented What? (No. 236)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 18, 2013

U.S. Patent No.1,466,559: Exercising device.

tugofwar

I claim:

1. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate adapted to correspond with the articulation of the user, and means connected with the plate for exerting traction on said plate whereby the teeth are positively exercised, as and for the purpose set forth.

2. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate of suitable material, means for reinforcing said plate, said reinforcing means projecting from said plate in the form of an eye, and traction-producing means secured to said eye.

3. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate formed to conform to the articulation of the user, and traction-producing means adapted to be attached to said 10 plate, said traction-producing means comprising a pliable elastic member.

4:. As a new article of manufacture, a de– wearer vice for exercising the teeth, comprising a plate shaped to conform to the contour of the mouth and having on each side comparatively deep depressions to receive the teeth, said depressions corresponding in number to the teeth of the user so that each tooth will be seated in a depression, the plate being rovided with a member projecting from gs front portion whereby when traction is exerted upon said member, each individual tooth will be exercised.

They Invented What? (No. 235)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 30, 2013

U.S. Design Patent No. D72,334:  Design for a paper weight.

JW Note:  Yet another hat tip to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

devilpaperweight

I claim:  The ornamental design for a paper weight, as shown.

They Invented What? (No. 234)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 23, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 420,995: Beheading block and ax.

JW Note:  Hat tip and thanks again to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

headless

Having described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, Is-

1. In an executioners headblock, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest provided with an opening closed by flexible strips, substantially as described.

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They Invented What? (No. 233)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 16, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 4,833,729: Shark protector suit.

JW Note:  Hat tip to the “Creepy IP Series” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

spikesuit

We claim:

1. A suit for protecting its wearer from attack by sharks comprising:

rubber suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s body;

closed helmet means including a face mask attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s head;

glove means attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s hands;

shoe means attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s feet;

elongated spike means for repelling sharks extending outwardly from the suit means and helmet means; and rigid plate means attached to an outer surface of the suit for protecting the wearer.

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They Invented What? (No. 232)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 24, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 7,104,865: Apparatus for cat’s cradle game.

JW Note:  This TIW? should be filed under “Creepy Kid’s Toys”.

catscradle

What is claimed is:

1. A self-play cat’s cradle toy that permits a single user as a first player to manipulate a string loop, comprising: a base; a first arm supported in a first position relative to the base; a second arm moveably supported relative to the base; a set of digits supported by each of the first and second arms; a resiliently-biased, manual actuator positioned along the base and physically coupled to the second arm to effect movement of the second arm toward the first position in response to pressure on the actuator, the manual actuator resiliently returning to a rest position in response to the restoring force of the bias; and a surface of at least a portion of the digits in the set of digits being configured to resist release of the string loop as the second arm is moved away from the first position in order to bring the string loop into a taut condition, wherein the first and second arms are surrogates for a second player; and wherein the base, arms, actuator and surface cooperate as a device to permit the single user to self-play cat’s cradle.

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