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They Invented What? (No. 101)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 15, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,090,268:   Dog waste catcher and holder.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A dog waste catcher and holder comprising:
          a loop shaped device;
          a carrying rod;
          means of securing the loop shaped device to an end of the carrying rod in parallel fashion; and
          a plastic bag placed inside the loop shaped device, wherein an upper portion of the bag is folded over the loop shaped device and bag ends are tied to the end of the rod.

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They Invented What? (No. 100)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,533,697: Mouse pad with beverage holder.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A mouse pad, comprising a generally rectangular sheet of mouse pad material having associated therewith a retaining means for retaining a beverage container, wherein said generally rectangular sheet also has a notch formed therein and a projection extending therefrom, and said projection has at least one dimension greater than three and one-half inches, and said notch is substantially similar in size and configuration to said projection.

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They Invented What? (No.99)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,996,127: Wearable device for feeding and observing birds and other flying animals.

 

I claim:

1. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
         a hat, the hat including a front portion and a rear portion;
         a first support mounted on the hat and extending forward of the front portion of the hat; and
         a feeder configured to contain food for flying animals mounted on the first support, wherein the flying animals can be observed while they feed.

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They Invented What? (No. 98)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 8, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,905,406: Method and apparatus for attracting insects.

 

I claim:

1. Process for attracting insects above one’s head comprising the steps of:
          a. securing a member coated or impregnated with an insect attractant to one end of a longitudinal member;
          b. clipping the other end of the longitudinal member onto a hat; and,
          c. spacing the coated member on said longitudinal member a substantial distance above said hat;
          d. placing the hat upon one’s head thus attracting said insects to a position substantially above one’s head.

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They Invented What? (No. 97)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 2, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,962,748:  TV control device.

What is claimed is:

1. A TV control device for rotating a dial of a TV set, from an area distant from the set, said TV control device comprising
          a rod-like member of variable adjustable length having a handle at one end, said rod-like member being independent from a TV set and comprising a plurality of telescoped sections and fastening means for releasably affixing the sections in position relative to each other, each of the sections of the rod-like member being of substantially hollow rectangular configuration;
          a head part detachably secured at the opposite end of the rod-like member for cooperating with the dial of a TV set in a manner whereby a user in an area distant from the set selectively rotates the dial via the rod-like member, said head part being independent from a TV set but removably…

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They Invented What? (No.96)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 24, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,983,493: Retractable table top for a toilet.

  

What is claimed is:

1. A device for providing a working surface while a user is seated on a toilet, said device comprising:
          a table having substantially planar top and bottom surfaces and a centrally disposed longitudinal axis, said table including a plurality of opposed edge portions equally spaced from the axis and extending substantially parallel thereto, said table further including a plurality of opposed end portions integral with said plurality of edge portions, said table further including a plurality of elongated legs having opposed end portions attached thereto and engageable with a ground surface respectively, said table further having a plurality of elongated support rods secured to said bottom surface and adjacent said plurality of end portions respectively; and
         a support member positionable on alternate sides of a toilet seat and comprising
         a rear…

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They Invented What? (No. 95)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 20, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,387,159: Continuous wave generating apparatus for simulated surfriding.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A wave-generating apparatus, wherein a continuous wave is formed suitable for various
          surfriding sports including surfing, boogie-boarding and bodysurfing, said apparatus comprising:
          a carriage-support means having a carriage frame structure including a base frame on which said carriage frame structure is mounted;
          an elongated tube rotatably cradled in said carriage support means and having oppositely disposed open ends;
          a cap member mounted over each of said open ends of said tube and including an access opening;
          a reservoir formed in said tube by said cap members to hold a given amount of water within said tube during the rotation thereof;
          means for rotatably supporting said tube in a horizontal position within said carriage support means; and
          drive means for rotating said tube to create a…

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They Invented What? (No. 94)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,344,424:  Anti-eating face mask.

facemask

 

What is claimed is:

1. A face mask for preventing the introduction of substances into the mouth of the wearer comprising in combination;

a cup shaped member conforming generally to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the wearer’s face below the nose, said cup shaped member formed of rigid material with openings to allow breathing therethrough,

means for mounting said cup shaped member over the mouth including plural straps extending from said cup over the head of the wearer,

one of said straps provided with a means for separation to allow for placement and removal of said face mask, and a lock at said separation means to prevent removal of said face mask, said mounting means further including a hoop member of rigid material adapted to extend over the user’s head and chin and a flexible strap having…

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