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They Invented What? (No. 119)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 20, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,320,571:  Dummy for use as sham passenger in car.


What is claimed is:

1. A dummy for use as a sham passenger in a car, comprising: a head, limbs, and a trunk; wherein said trunk comprises a neck containing therein a retaining disk provided with a serrated portion, a V-shaped connection rod having a support rod attached thereto in a manner such that said support rod passes freely through the retaining disk and is substantially perpendicular to an underside of said retaining disk, said connection rod having two ends, each of which is fastened to one end of a biasing means having another end that is fastened to a fastening ring which is attached to the retaining disk, said serrated portion of said retaining disk being so arranged as to mesh with a pinion having a shaft coupled with a rotating piece extending into a chest of said trunk of said dummy, said chest further containing a motor with a fan attached thereto and with a power switch connected thereto; wherein said retaining disk extends into said head and rotation of said retaining disk causes said head to move; and wherein said head, said limbs and said trunk are of an appropriate color to represent a person.

2. A dummy as recited in claim 1, wherein said trunk and said limbs are furnished with clothing.

3. A dummy as recited in claim 1, wherein said head is furnished with a wig.

4. A dummy as recited in claim 1, wherein said switch is coupled with a jack to be placed in a cigarette lighter of an automobile.

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