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They Invented What? (No. 236)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 18, 2013

U.S. Patent No.1,466,559: Exercising device.

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I claim:

1. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate adapted to correspond with the articulation of the user, and means connected with the plate for exerting traction on said plate whereby the teeth are positively exercised, as and for the purpose set forth.

2. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate of suitable material, means for reinforcing said plate, said reinforcing means projecting from said plate in the form of an eye, and traction-producing means secured to said eye.

3. A device for exercising the teeth comprising a plate formed to conform to the articulation of the user, and traction-producing means adapted to be attached to said 10 plate, said traction-producing means comprising a pliable elastic member.

4:. As a new article of manufacture, a de– wearer vice for exercising the teeth, comprising a plate shaped to conform to the contour of the mouth and having on each side comparatively deep depressions to receive the teeth, said depressions corresponding in number to the teeth of the user so that each tooth will be seated in a depression, the plate being rovided with a member projecting from gs front portion whereby when traction is exerted upon said member, each individual tooth will be exercised.

They Invented What? (No. 235)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 30, 2013

U.S. Design Patent No. D72,334:  Design for a paper weight.

JW Note:  Yet another hat tip to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

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I claim:  The ornamental design for a paper weight, as shown.

They Invented What? (No. 234)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 23, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 420,995: Beheading block and ax.

JW Note:  Hat tip and thanks again to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

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Having described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, Is-

1. In an executioners headblock, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest provided with an opening closed by flexible strips, substantially as described.

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They Invented What? (No. 233)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 16, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 4,833,729: Shark protector suit.

JW Note:  Hat tip to the “Creepy IP Series” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.

spikesuit

We claim:

1. A suit for protecting its wearer from attack by sharks comprising:

rubber suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s body;

closed helmet means including a face mask attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s head;

glove means attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s hands;

shoe means attached to the suit means for substantially completely covering the wearer’s feet;

elongated spike means for repelling sharks extending outwardly from the suit means and helmet means; and rigid plate means attached to an outer surface of the suit for protecting the wearer.

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They Invented What? (No. 232)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 24, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 7,104,865: Apparatus for cat’s cradle game.

JW Note:  This TIW? should be filed under “Creepy Kid’s Toys”.

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What is claimed is:

1. A self-play cat’s cradle toy that permits a single user as a first player to manipulate a string loop, comprising: a base; a first arm supported in a first position relative to the base; a second arm moveably supported relative to the base; a set of digits supported by each of the first and second arms; a resiliently-biased, manual actuator positioned along the base and physically coupled to the second arm to effect movement of the second arm toward the first position in response to pressure on the actuator, the manual actuator resiliently returning to a rest position in response to the restoring force of the bias; and a surface of at least a portion of the digits in the set of digits being configured to resist release of the string loop as the second arm is moved away from the first position in order to bring the string loop into a taut condition, wherein the first and second arms are surrogates for a second player; and wherein the base, arms, actuator and surface cooperate as a device to permit the single user to self-play cat’s cradle.

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They Invented What? (No. 231)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 13, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 6,206,000:  Canine scuba diving apparatus.

scubadog

I claim:

1. An underwater self-contained breathing apparatus for use by a canine, comprising:

a transparent rigid helmet having a skirted opening for the wearer’s neck, the helmet being sufficiently large to avoid contact with the face or nose of the canine user;

a regulator for supplying a breathable gas attached to the helmet;

a means of adjusting a position of a demand valve in the regulator to pressurize the helmet at no less than ambient pressure;

a harness attached to the helmet;

means for fastening the harness around the wearer’s torso; and

one or more pockets in the harness for receiving ballast weights.

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They Invented What? (No. 230)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 11, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 230,067:  Method of precipitating rain falls.

JW Note:  It’s so crazy, it might just work!

cloudbomb

I Claim–

The mode herein described of producing rain-fall, said mode consisting in conveying and exploding torpedoes or other explosive agents within the cloud-realm, substantially as described.

They Invented What? (No. 229)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 16, 2013

U.S. Pat. Appl. Pub. No. 20080124431:  Hollow hot dog.

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1. A food product comprising: a generally cylindrical hot dog with a hollow core formed therein.

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