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They Invented What? (No. 78)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 19, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,523,741:  Santa Claus Detector.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2008!


What is claimed is:

1. A children’s novelty device for detecting when an entity enters a dwelling comprising:
          a decorative Christmas stocking having a top portion, a heel portion and a toe portion, said toe portion including an enclosure therein;
an electrical control circuit;
          a light source operatively coupled to said control circuit;
          a power source operatively coupled to said control circuit for providing power to said light source, said power source being disposed in said toe portion enclosure;
          switch means operatively coupled to said control circuit for controlling the power provided by said power source to said light source; and
          a flexible pull cord, said pull cord being connected to said switch means for actuating said switch means when a force is exerted on said pull cord,
          whereby, when said pull cord is tugged, said light source is turned on.