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They Invented What? (No. 146)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 9, 2021

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,681,419:  Forehead support apparatus.

 urinal

What is claimed is:

1. A forehead support for resting a standing user’s forehead above a wall mounted urinal comprising: a mounting member adapted for substantially permanent attachment to an upright bathroom wall above the urinal; a forehead support member attached to and extending from said mounting member; said forehead support defining an elastically deformable or resilient forehead support surface which is spaced from the wall a distance sufficient for the user to lean his forehead thereagainst and be supported while using the commode or urinal.

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They Invented What? (No. 154)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 25, 2020

JW Note: Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2020!

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U.S. Pat. No.5,896,810:  Poultry frying apparatus.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2009!

 

I claim:

1. A poultry frying apparatus comprising:
          a liquid retaining vessel having a bottom surface and a first diameter;
          a raised rack comprising a support base and a central rod extending upwardly from the support base to terminate in an upper end thereof;
          the support base having an overall dimension smaller than the first diameter;
          the upper end of the central rod including an attachment portion; and
          a handle for selectively engaging the attachment portion for removal and insertion of the rack from the vessel;
          the support base including a spacer portion for spacing at least part of the support base from the bottom surface of the vessel when the support base is inserted in the vessel.

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They Invented What? (No. 145)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 25, 2020

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U.S. Patent No. 3,307,285:  Pneumatic method for catching or scaring fish.

 looknoexplosives

What is claimed is:

1.  A method of preventing movement of aquatic organisms in a body of water toward a prohibited region thereof comprising:  placing at least one pneumatic shock wave generating device in said body of water between said prohibited region and said aquatic organisms; and actuating said device to explosively release high pressure gas, thereby producing a shock wave in said body of water rising to an initial pressure peak within 25 five milliseconds and propagating at high velocity.

JW Note:  Will be out over the next week for my annual fishing trip – so today’s TIW? theme seemed appropriate.  Will be thinking about patents only occasionally next week, for example, during those times when the walleye are not jumping into my boat!

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They Invented What? (No. 144)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 25, 2020

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U.S. Patent No. 6,854,374:  Explosion containment net.

 bombsquad

I claim:

1. A system capable of minimizing an explosive force of an explosive-laden device, the system comprising: a net manufactured from an explosion containment material, the net having an outer periphery, a central point and a nozzle located at the central point; a gun capable of propelling the net; a first tank having a fire suppressant agent therein; a conduit extending between the first tank and the nozzle via the gun; and wherein the gun propels the net at the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent is discharged out through the nozzle under control of the gun once the gun propels the net, and such that the net acts as a containment system that contains the explosive force from the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent minimizes the explosive force.

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They Invented What? (No. 177)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 6, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917:  Musical instrument support.

JW Note:  We make note of the inventor named on the patent – Mr. Edward L. Van Halen.  Rock on!

 

What is claimed is:

1. A stringed musical instrument comprising an instrument body having front and rear surfaces, sound producing means extending over a portion of said front surface, and a device mounted onto said rear surface for positioning said instrument body at an angular orientation to a player’s body, said device including attachment means movable between an inoperative position overlying said rear surface and an operative position at an angle to said rear surface, a pair of spaced-apart mounting blocks attached to said rear surface and support means coupled to said mounting blocks for rotationally supporting therebetween said attachment means, said attachment means engaging said player’s body when in said operative position for maintaining said instrument body in said angular orientation…

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They Invented What? (No. 143)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,656,459:  Excrement receptacle device for animals.

 dogdungcollector

I claim:

1. An excrement receptacle device for an animal comprising: a harness for support of the device on an animal, a hollow conduit tube having forward and rearward portions and constructed of a material which provides a normal self-sustaining shape for said tube in which an open tubular passageway is formed in the tube extending from the said forward to the said rearward portion of the tube, means on said harness for supporting said conduit tube in a fixed operative position in which the said forward portion of the tube is adjacent the anal region of the animal and entirely below the tail thereof, a flexible container, means attaching the flexible container to the conduit tube such that the flexible container extends from the said rearward portion of the tube and is in communication with the interior of…

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They Invented What? (No. 142)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,805,607: Scented doll with the appearance of an aged person.

  olddoll

What is claimed is:

1. A doll comprising: a permeable body covering, wherein said permeable body covering includes a torso portion, a pair of arm portions, a pair of leg portions, and wherein said permeable body covering is sewn to form a closed structure; an internal structure within said closed structure of said permeable body covering emitting a perfume fragrance through said permeable body covering; and a head portion including a core and a flexible cover stretched over said core, wherein said flexible cover includes a lower portion stretched and gathered together to form a narrowed neck attached to said torso portion, and wherein said flexible cover includes external folds emulating an appearance of an aged person including folds formed within said lower portion of said flexible cover.

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They Invented What? (No. 141)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 260,379:  Grave-signal.

 gravehelp

Having thus fully described my said invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is –

1.  A grave signal the essential features whereof are a tube leading to the coffin or casket, a signal-flag therein, a spring by which said signal-flag may be forced vertically upward above the top of said tube, and means for releasing said spring which may be operated from the inside of the coffin, substantially as set forth.

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