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They Invented What? (No. 178)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 4, 2010

U.S. Pat. No.5,904,268: Mug incorporating a simulated artificial horizon.

JW Note:  For those aviation enthusiasts in our readership.


I claim:

1. A novelty drinking vessel comprising: 
          a liquid receptacle having a lateral wall, a transparent floor, and a closed fluid chamber disposed within said transparent floor and said lateral wall; and 
          a simulated display of an actual artificial horizon instrument, said display contained within said drinking vessel such that said display is visible from said liquid receptacle, said display comprising 
          A fluid chamber and colored liquid disposed within and partially filling said fluid chamber, and 
          a solid member rotatably contained within said drinking vessel, said drinking vessel dimensioned and configured to surround said solid member and to constrain said solid member to be disposed generally parallel to said floor of said liquid receptacle, said solid member indicia simulating indicia of a display of an actual artificial horizon instrument inscribed thereon, and a ballast weight disposed to maintain said solid member in an upright orientation.