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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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They Invented What? (No. 106)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 26, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,492,688:  Apparatus for tenderizing food.

JW Note:  Yes, dear readers, the term “HE” does stand for “high explosive”, and numeral “10”  in the figure refers to meat.

 

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for tenderizing an article of food comprising a container, a liquid filling said container, means positioning said articles of food within said liquid, explosive means, means positioning said explosive means beneath the surface of said liquid and adjacent to said article of food, and means for detonating said explosive means for generating a shock pressure wave within said liquid for tenderizing said article of food.

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They Invented What? (No. 105)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 18, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,075,756:  Time pop.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A time pop which comprises
          a watch which indicates a lapse of a time period,
          a candy lollipop secured to one end of said watch.

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They Invented What? (No. 104)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 11, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,926,857 Armor with rollers.

   

What is claimed is:

1. An armor with rollers enabling a user to move in all positions by rolling on a hard and smooth surface, while constantly varying his bearing points on the surface, the armor comprising:
          a pair of rigid gauntlets each extending from beyond the user’s hand to the user’s elbow and having a first roller at an end beyond the user’s hand and a second roller near the user’s elbow; and
          a pair of rigid leg pads each having a third roller near the user’s knee joint.

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They Invented What? (No. 103)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 26, 2019

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US. Pat. No. 6,295,668: Maternity beach chair.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A beach chair comprising:

          a rectangularly-shaped frame member, said frame member including a first section, a second section, and a third section, each section having respective first and second ends;
          a first pair of hinges, said first pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said first section to the first end of said second section in abutting relationship;
          a second pair of hinges, said second pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said second section to the first end of said third section in abutting relationship;
          a first pair of collapsible leg members, said first pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the first end of said first section;
          a second pair of collapsible leg members, said second pair of…

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They Invented What? (No. 102)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 19, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,557,994: Frameless glasses attaching to body piercing studs.

 

What is claimed is:

1. In combination with a body piercing eyebrow studs, a left stud fastened outbound on a left eyebrow, and a right stud fastened outbound on a right eyebrow, an improvement comprising:
          a left eyeglass member having a C shaped clamp fastened to an outbound section of the eyeglass member;
          a right eyeglass member having a C shaped clamp fastened to an outbound section of the eyeglass member;
          a connecting bridge joining the left to the right eyeglass member; and;
          wherein each C shaped clamp snaps onto the respective left or right stud.

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