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They Invented What? (No. 200)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 15, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 5,195,917:  Tear-apart stress relief doll and method.

What is claimed is:

1. A method for relieving tension, comprising:
          providing a stuffed doll simulating a sports referee with indicia simulating a referee uniform, the doll representing an actual sports referee whose actions can constitute a source of tension-inducing stress, the doll having
a torso portion; and
          leg elements, arm elements, said arm elements mounting a releasable attachment means and terminating in a simulated hand and said leg elements comprising a fabric casing, the fabric extended into an integral flap which mounts a releasable attachment means, a flag attached to one of said hands and a head element with releasable attachments, at least some of the elements being removably attached to the torso portion by said attachment means, said elements selectively torn off the torso portion in response to an action of the actual sports referee, such as in the event of a bad call, and the removably-attached elements subsequently replaced after user tension has been relieved.

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