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They Invented What? (No. 89)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 5, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,380,237:   Snowman accessory kit.

 snowman

 

What is claimed is:

1. An accessory kit for a snowman having a head, an upper torso body and a lower torso body, all made of packed snow, which comprises:
     a) a set of decorative articles having a circumference and a longitudinal axis;
     b) means for inserting each of said decorative articles into the packed snow of the head, the upper torso body and the lower torso body, to enhance the appearance of the snowman; and
     c) retaining means on each of said articles having a plurality of appendages, each of said appendages being circumferentially spaced from every other appendage and each of said appendages further being longitudinally spaced from every other appendage whereby when an article is inserted into said snowman and turned, each of said appendages follows the same insertion path in a corkscrew-like manner, thus retaining said article in said snowman.

2. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 1, wherein said inserting means for each of said decorative articles includes a stem extending rearwardly thereof, whereby said stem is inserted into the packed snow.

3. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 2, wherein said retaining means for each of said decorative articles includes a plurality of nibs radially positioned about said stem, whereby when each said stem is inserted within the packed snow and rotated, said nibs will dig into the packed snow to prevent said decorative article from falling off.

4. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 3, wherein each said decorative article includes a rear stop surface where said stem extends rearwardly therefrom, so that when said stem is inserted into the packed snow, said rear stop surface will butt against the packed snow to prevent further insertion.

5. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 4, wherein each said decorative article with said respective stem and said nibs are integral and are fabricated out of plastic, which is injection molded.

6. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 5, wherein some of said decorative articles are simulated coal pieces used in making the eyes, mouth and buttons of the snowman.

7. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 6, wherein one of said decorative articles is a simulated carrot used in making the nose of the snowman.

8. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 7, wherein one of said decorative articles is a simulated corn cob pipe used in the mouth of the snowman.

9. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 8, wherein said simulated corn cob pipe includes:
     a) a bowl; and
     b) a shank extending rearwardly from said bowl to said stem.

10. An accessory kit for a snowman as recited in claim 9, wherein said simulated corn cob pipe further includes a flat ring affixed between said shank and said stem having said rear stop surface thereon.

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