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They Invented What? (No. 214)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 25, 2012

U.S. Patent No. 5,727,565: Kissing shield.

What is claimed is:
1. An apparatus for preventing the exchange of microorganisms between two persons engaged in the act of kissing, the apparatus comprising:

a frame so dimensioned as to outline the mouth of a person, wherein the frame is a loop formed into a heart shade such that each lobe of the heart shape outlines a corresponding cheek area of the two persons kissing, the noses of the two persons kissing are positioned between the lobes of the heart shape, and the point of the heart shape extends below the chins of the two persons kissing;

a thin, flexible membrane carried by the frame, the membrane being impervious to microorganisms; and

a handle extending from the frame and adapted for being gripped to support the frame and membrane between the mouth of the two persons;

wherein the membrane prevents exchange of microorganisms between the two persons while the two persons are engaged in the act of kissing.