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They Invented What? (No. 46)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 10, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,293,874: User-operated amusement apparatus for kicking the user’s buttocks.

JW Note:  Many thanks to David McClaughry at HD&P for bringing this one to our attention.

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Having thus described the aforementioned invention, I claim:

1. An amusement apparatus operated and controlled by a user, comprising:

     a platform having a first end and a second end;

     first post and second posts detachably mounted on said platform, said first post positioned toward said first end and said second post positioned toward said second end of said platform at a distance from said first post sufficient to permit the user to locate therebetween, facing said first post;

     said first post having a crank positioned at a height thereon which requires the user to bend forward toward said first post while grasping said crank with both hands, to prominently present his buttocks toward said second post;

     said second post including a top end having a plurality of rotating arms detachably mounted thereon, said plurality of rotating arms having a central axis positioned at a height generally level with the user’s buttocks;

     an outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms; and

     a drive train operatively interconnecting between said crank and said central axis of said plurality of rotating arms;

     whereby as the user bends forward while grasping said crank, the user bends at his waist to predominantly present his buttocks toward said outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms, and the user operates said crank to engage said drive train and to rotate said plurality of rotating arms, causing each respective outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms to sequentially strike the user’s buttocks.
2. The amusement apparatus of claim 1, wherein each outboard end of each rotating arm includes a pliable paddle mountable thereon.

3. The amusement apparatus of claim 1, wherein each outboard end of each rotating arm includes a flexible shoe mountable thereon.

4. The amusement apparatus of claim 1, wherein said drive train comprises:

first pulley means secured to and rotatable by said crank;

second pulley means secured to said plurality of rotating arms;

shaft means extending between said first and second posts and having first and second ends which are disposed proximate said first and second posts, respective;

third pulley means secured to said first end of said shaft;

fourth pulley means secured to said second end of said shaft;

first flexible continuous loop means entrained about said first and third pulleys for simultaneous rotation of said third pulley, said fourth pulley and said shaft upon rotation of said crank and said first pulley connected thereto; and

second flexible continuous loop means entrained about said second and fourth pulleys for rotating said plurality of rotating arms about said central axis upon rotation of said shaft;

whereby the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms is a function of the rate of rotation of said crank to provide user control over both the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms, hence the frequency and degree of force imparted to the user’s buttocks upon impact of each of said plurality of rotating arms with the user’s buttocks.

5. The amusement apparatus of claim 4, wherein said platform includes:

a central mid-section separating said first and second ends of said platform, said mid-section including first and second opposite side edges, and

first and second hinges mounted on respective ones of said first and second side edges of said mid-section and spanning the width dimension of said central mid-section, and hingedly connecting said first and second ends of said platform to respective ones of said first and second ends of said platform;

whereby said first and second ends may be folded back upon said mid-section when said central shaft and said first and second posts are demounted from said platform.

6. The amusement apparatus of claim 1, wherein said drive train comprises:

first pulley means secured to and rotatably by said crank;

second pulley means secured to said plurality of rotating arms;

third pulley means secured proximate said first pulley, said third pulley means including a pair of third pulleys aligned side-by-side, said pair of third pulleys having an outboard third pulley and an inboard third pulley;

fourth pulley means secured proximate said second pulley, said fourth pulley means including a pair of fourth pulleys aligned side-by-side, said pair of fourth pulleys having an outboard fourth pulley and an inboard fourth pulley; and

a flexible continuous loop means entrained respectively about said first pulley, said outboard third pulley, said outboard fourth pulley, said second pulley, said inboard fourth pulley, said inboard third pulley, and said first pulley for simultaneous rotation of each pulley upon rotation of said crank and said plurality of rotating arms;

whereby the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms is a function of the rate of rotation of said crank to provide user control over both the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms, hence the frequency and degree of force imparted to the user’s buttocks upon impact of each of said plurality of rotating arms with the user’s buttocks.

7. An amusement apparatus operated and controlled by a user, comprising:

a platform having a first end and a second end;

first and second upstanding posts detachable mounted on said platform, said first post positioned toward said first end and said second post positioned toward said second end of said platform at a distance from said first post sufficient to permit the user to locate therebetween, on said platform and facing said first post;

a crank rotatably mounted on said first post, said crank positioned at a height above said platform which requires the user to bend forward at the waist and toward said first post to grasp said crank with both hands, thereby prominently presenting the user’s buttocks toward said second post;

a plurality of rotating arms rotatably mounted on said second post, said plurality of rotating arms having a central axis positioned at a height generally level with the user’s buttocks, said plurality of rotating arms disposed within a vertical plane that is substantially parallel with a vertical plane occupied by said first post;

an outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms; and

a drive train operatively interconnecting between said crank and said central axis of said plurality of rotating arms;

whereby as the user grips said crank, the user bends forward at the waist to predominantly present the user’s buttocks toward said outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms, and the rotation said crank by the user activates said drive train to rotate said plurality of rotating arms, causing each respective outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms to sequentially strike the user’s buttocks, the frequency and force of impact of said outboard ends of said plurality of arms being a function of the rate of rotation of said crank.

8. The amusement apparatus of claim 7, wherein each outboard end of each rotating arm includes a pliable paddle mountable connectable thereon.

9. The amusement apparatus of claim 7, wherein each outboard end of each rotating arm includes a flexible shoe mountable thereon.

10. The amusement apparatus of claim 7, wherein said drive train comprises:

first pulley means secured to and rotatable by said crank;

second pulley means secured to said plurality of rotating arms;

shaft means extending between said first and second posts and having first and second ends which are disposed proximate said first and second posts, respective;

third pulley means secured to said first end of said shaft;

fourth pulley means secured to said second end of said shaft;

first flexible continuous loop means entrained about said first and third pulleys for simultaneous rotation of said third pulley, said fourth pulley and said shaft upon rotation of said crank and said first pulley connected thereto; and

second flexible continuous loop means entrained about said second and fourth pulleys for rotating said plurality of rotating arms about said central axis upon rotation of said shaft;

whereby the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms is a function of the rate of rotation of said crank to provide user control over both the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms, hence the frequency and degree of force imparted to the user’s buttocks upon impact of each of said plurality of rotating arms with the user’s buttocks.

11. The amusement apparatus of claim 1, wherein said platform comprises a display sign detachably connected to said platform.

12. An amusement apparatus operated and controlled by a user, comprising:

a platform having a first end and a second end;

first post and second posts detachably mounted on said platform, said first post positioned toward said first end and said second post positioned toward said second end of said platform at a distance from said first post sufficient to permit the user to locate therebetween, facing said first post;

said first post having a crank positioned at a height thereon which requires the user to bend forward toward said first post while grasping said crank with both hands, to prominently present his buttocks toward said second post;

said second post including a top end having a plurality of rotating arms detachably mounted thereon, said plurality of rotating arms having a central axis positioned at a height generally level with the user’s buttocks;

an outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms, each of said outboard end including a flexible shoe mountable thereon; and

a drive train operatively interconnecting between said crank and said central axis of said plurality of rotating arms;

whereby as the user bends forward while grasping said crank, the user bends at his waist to predominantly present his buttocks toward said outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms, and the user operates said crank to engage said drive train and to rotate said plurality of rotating arms, causing each respective outboard end on each of said plurality of rotating arms to sequentially strike the user’s buttocks, the frequency and force of impact of each respective outboard end of said plurality of arms being a function of the rate of rotation of said crank.

13. The amusement apparatus of claim 12, wherein said drive train comprises:

first pulley secured to and rotatable by said crank;

second pulley secured to said plurality of rotating arms;

shaft extending between said first and second posts and having first and second ends which are disposed proximate said first and second posts, respective;

third pulley secured to said first end of said shaft;

fourth pulley secured to said second end of said shaft;

first flexible continuous loop entrained about said first and third pulleys for simultaneous rotation of said third pulley, said fourth pulley and said shaft upon rotation of said crank and said first pulley connected thereto; and

second flexible continuous loop entrained about said second and fourth pulleys for rotating said plurality of rotating arms about said central axis upon rotation of said shaft;

whereby the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms is a function of the rate of rotation of said crank to provide user control over both the rate of rotation of said plurality of rotating arms, hence the frequency and degree of force imparted to the user’s buttocks upon impact of each of said plurality of rotating arms with the user’s buttocks.

14. The amusement apparatus of claim 13, wherein said platform comprises:

a central mid-section separating said first end and said second end of said platform, said mid-section including first and second opposite side edges; and

first and second hinges mounted on respective ones of said first and second side edges of said mid-section and spanning the width dimension of said central mid-section, and hingedly connecting said first end and said second end of said platform to respective ones of said first and second ends of said platform;

whereby said first and second ends may be folded back upon said mid-section when said central shaft and said first and second posts are demounted from said platform.

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