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They Invented What? (No. 149)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 23, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 5,983,411:  Toilet tank aquarium.

  toiletaquarium

What is claimed is:

1. A toilet, comprising: a toilet bowl assembly;  a toilet tank assembly being coupled to said toilet bowl assembly;  said toilet tank assembly having a top, a front, a back, and a pair of sides, said front, back and sides of said toilet tank assembly defining an interior space, said top of said toilet tank assembly having an opening into said interior space of said toilet tank assembly;  a toilet water reservoir being located in said interior space;  a lid substantially covering said opening of said top of said toilet tank assembly;  said front of said toilet tank assembly being generally transparent; and  wherein said toilet water reservoir comprises a mid wall and a pair of side walls, said mid wall of said toilet water reservoir being spaced apart from said back of said toilet tank assembly, said side walls being extended between said mid wall of said toilet water reservoir and said back of said toilet tank assembly.

2. The toilet of claim 1, wherein said lid has an interior, a top, a bottom, said top of said lid having a compartment.

3. The toilet of claim 2, wherein a cover substantially covers said compartment.

4. The toilet of claim 2, wherein said lid has front and back portions, said compartment being located in said back portion of said lid.

5. The toilet of claim 2, wherein said lid has front and back portions, and wherein said bottom of said lid has a light source being located on said front portion of said lid.

6. The toilet of claim 2, wherein said front and back portions of said lid are pivotally coupled to one another.

7. The toilet of claim 1, wherein each of said sides of said toilet tank assembly has front and back portions, said front portion of said side of said toilet tank assembly being positioned towards said front of said toilet tank assembly, said back portion of said side of said toilet tank assembly being positioned towards said back of said toilet tank assembly, and wherein said front portions of said sides of said toilet tank assembly are generally transparent.

8. The toilet of claim 1, wherein said toilet water reservoir has a mid wall interposed between said front and back of said toilet tank assembly, said mid wall of said toilet water reservoir being extended between said sides of said toilet tank assembly.

9. A toilet, comprising: a toilet bowl assembly;  a toilet tank assembly being coupled to said toilet bowl assembly;  said toilet tank assembly having a top, a front, a back, and a pair of sides, said front, back and sides of said toilet tank assembly defining an interior space, said top of said toilet tank assembly having an opening into said interior space of said toilet tank assembly;  a toilet water reservoir being located in said interior space, said toilet water reservoir comprising a mid wall and a pair of side walls, said mid wall of said toilet water reservoir being spaced apart from said back of said toilet tank assembly, said side walls being extended between said mid wall of said toilet water reservoir and said back of said toilet tank assembly;  a lid substantially covering said opening of said toilet tank assembly, said lid having an interior, a top, a bottom, and front and back portions;  said top of said lid having a compartment, said compartment being located in said back portion of said lid, a cover substantially covering said compartment;  said bottom of said lid having a light source being located on said front portion of said lid;  said front and back portions of said lid being pivotally coupled to one another;  said front of said toilet tank assembly being generally transparent; and  each of said sides of said toilet tank assembly having front and back portions, said front portion of said side of said toilet tank assembly being positioned towards said front of said toilet tank assembly, said back portion of said side of said toilet tank assembly being positioned towards said back of said toilet tank assembly.

10. A toilet comprising: a toilet bowl assembly; a toilet tank assembly being coupled to said toilet bowl assembly; said toilet tank assembly having a top, a front, a back, and a pair of sides, said front, back and sides of said toilet tank assembly defining an interior space, said top of said toilet tank assembly having an opening into said interior space of said toilet tank assembly; a base lid substantially covering said opening of said top of said toilet tank assembly; an aquarium reservoir having an open top, a front, a back, a pair of sides and, a bottom, said bottom of said aqaurium reservoir being spaced apart said top of said toilet tank assembly, each of said sides of said aquarium reservoir being associated with a side of said toilet tank assembly; a pair of side panels, one of said side panels being extended between one of said sides of said toilet tank assembly and the associated side of said aquarium reservoir, another of said side panels being extended between another of said sides of said toilet tank assembly and the associated side of said aqaurium reservoir; a back panel being extended between said back of said toilet tank assembly and said back of said aqaurium reservoir; said front of said aquarium reservoir being generally transparent; said base lid having an interior, a top, a bottom, and front and back portions; said top of said base lid having a compartment, said compartment being located in said back portion of said base lid, a cover substantially covering said compartment; said bottom of said base lid having a light source being located on said front portion of said base lid; and said front and back portions of said base lid being pivotally coupled to one another.

 

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