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They Invented What? (No. 109)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 14, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,346,899:  Board game featuring olympic sports.

 

What is claimed is:

1. An olympic sports game apparatus with elements of chance and tests of individual skill, for competitive play by a plurality of individuals, said game apparatus having
         a playing board,
         a closed primary playing course, for use by all players, at the periphery of said playing board, said primary course divided into a succession of contigious playing spaces that are inscribed with randomly unique information granting awards, imposing penalties, providing sanctuaries, and instructing game play,
         a plurality of distinctively marked secondary playing courses for individual and challenged play thereon, said secondary courses arranged upon a central area of said playing board, each said secondary playing course featuring a major classification of related olympic sports, each said secondary playing course being divided into a randomly oriented succession of numbered contigious playing spaces wherein…

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They Invented What? (No. 108)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 14, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,101,747: Athletic shoe having basketball hoop.

What is claimed is:

1. An athletic shoe assembly comprising
          an athletic shoe having a heel forming a back exterior surface,
          a miniature basketball backboard, means for affixing said backboard to said back exterior surface,
          a circular rim being affixed to the miniature basketball backboard, and
          a net hanging from said rim for allowing thrown objects to pass through.

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They Invented What? (No. 107)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 5, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,387,927:  Chair made from a garbage can.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A novel chair made from a conventional garbage can comprising:
          a frustoconical metal can having a flat circular bottom, upwardly flaring frustoconical sides and an open top and having an original capacity in the order of 30 gallons, said can being modified by cutting away a portion of its upper half and leaving at least 50% of the upper half of said can to form the curved back of said chair,
          a circular member mounted in a horizontal plane within said can just below the cut-away portion of the can to support the seat of said chair, and
          a cushion of substantially the same diameter as said circular member positioned upon said member to serve as the seat of said chair.

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