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They Invented What? (No. 98)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 7, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 4,905,406: Method and apparatus for attracting insects.

 

I claim:

1. Process for attracting insects above one’s head comprising the steps of:
          a. securing a member coated or impregnated with an insect attractant to one end of a longitudinal member;
          b. clipping the other end of the longitudinal member onto a hat; and,
          c. spacing the coated member on said longitudinal member a substantial distance above said hat;
          d. placing the hat upon one’s head thus attracting said insects to a position substantially above one’s head.

2. Process of claim 1 wherein said insect attractant member is shaped as a golf ball.

3. Process of claim 1 wherein said insect attractant member is shaped as a beer bottle.

4. Process of claim 1 wherein said insect attractant member is shaped as an advertising card.

5. In combination, a hat and a insect attractant comprising:
          a. a hat including a half-spherical member for covering one’s head and secured about a hat rim; and,
          b. insect-attractant system including a elongated longitudinal member, a clip means at one end and substantially parallel to said longitudinal member, wherein said substantially parallel clip means comprises a first portion extending along a length of said longitudinal member, and a second portion extending in an opposite direction beyond said one end of said longitudinal member and engaged between adjustable bands of a hat, and a member with a coated or impregnated insect attractant at another end, whereby said clip secures said longitudinal member supporting said coated or impregnated member within said attractant to said hat.

6. Combination of claim 5 wherein said hat is a baseball cap with an adjustable strap in the rear of said hat.

7. Combination of claim 5 wherein said hat is a golf hat with an adjustable strap in the rear of said hat.

8. Combination of claim 5 wherein said hat is a fishing hat with an adjustable strap in the rear of said hat.

9. Combination of claim 5 wherein said member includes a reflective coating.

10. Combination of claim 5 wherein said member is in the shape of a flower for a female.

11. Insect-attractant system comprising:
          a. elongated longitudinal member;
          b. clip means secured at one end of said longitudinal member and substantially parallel to said longitudinal member, wherein said parallel clip means comprises a first portion extending along a length of said longitudinal member, and a second portion extending in an opposite direction beyond said one end of said longitudinal member and adapted for engagement between adjustable bands of a hat; and,
          c. insect attractant member secured at another end of said longitudinal member and coated or impregnated with a chemical to attract insects.

12. System of claim 11 wherein said upper end of said longitudinal member includes a fork means for securing an insert card coated or impregnated with insect attractant.

13. System of claim 11 wherein said upper end of said longitudinal member includes a head-encircling means for securing an insert card coated or impregnated with insect attractant.

14. In combination, a hat and an insect attractant system comprising:
          a. a heat including a half-spherical member for covering one’s head and secured about a hat rim; and
          b. insect-attractant system including an elongated longitudinal member, a clip means at one end and substantially parallel to said longitudinal member;
wherein said parallel clip means comprises a first portion extending along a length of said longitudinal member, and a second portion extending in an opposite direction beyond said one end of said longitudinal member and engaged between adjustable bands of a hat;
          and a member comprising a predetermined geometrical shape with a coated or impregnated insect attractant and with advertising material printed thereon, spaced at a substantial distance on said longitudinal member from another end; and,
          whereby said clip secures said longitudinal member, supporting said coated or impregnated member with said attractant, to said hat.

15. In combination, a hat and an insect attractant system comprising:
          a. a hat including a half-spherical member covering one’s head and secured about a hat rim; and,
          b. insect-attractant system including an elongate longitudinal member, a clip means at one end and substantially parallel to said longitudinal member;
          wherein said parallel clip means comprises a first portion extending along a length of said longitudinal member, and a second portion extending in an opposite direction beyond said one end of said longitudinal member and engaged between adjustable bands of a hat;
          and a member comprising a predetermined geometrical shape with a coated or impregnated insect attractant spaced at a substantial midpoint on said longitudinal member and an other end secured to a forward portion of said hat, by a securing means, forming an arcuate longitudinal member; and,
          whereby said clip secures said longitudinal member, supporting said coated or impregnated member with said attractant about a high point of said hat.

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