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They Invented What? (No. 140)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,421,089:  Fork with timer.

 forktimer

What is claimed is:

1. A fork with timer for providing a cue to a user after an elapsed period of time for indicating that another bite of food using the fork may be taken comprising, in combination:
         a rigid dinner fork having a head, four spaced and aligned tines extended from the head, and a handle extended from the head remote from the tines for allowing a user a firm grip for taking a bite of food;
         timer circuitry connected to the handle of the dinner fork and adapted for providing a cue after an elapsed period of time for indicating to user that another bite of food using the dinner fork may be taken, the timer circuitry further comprising:
          a countdown timer adapted for counting down a pre-programmed period of time, transmitting countdown signals in sequence during…

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They Invented What? (No. 139)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,137,935: Office gym exercise kit.

 exerchair

What is claimed is:

1. An exercise kit for attachment to a chair having a central post, a base, and a chair back support, said exercise kit comprising:
         (a) a generally T-shaped flexible body constructed of flexible fabric, the top of the T-shaped flexible body comprising a generally rectangular portion having a plurality of retainers secured thereon, an elongated strap secured to said generally rectangular portion and extending outwardly from and substantially perpendicular to one of the sides of the generally rectangular portion, said elongated strap terminating in a free end, said generally rectangular portion further including fastening means located adjacent the sides of the rectangular body perpendicular to said one side for affixing said rectangular portion of said flexible body about a central post of a chair, means for affixing said elongated strap about a chair base, and…

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They Invented What? (No. 138)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,834,212:  Sound muffler for covering the mouth.

 personmuffler

We claim:

1. A human sound muffler and indicator comprising a unitary body adapted to be grasped and manipulated by a user, at least one end of said body comprising a saddle shaped body of compliant sound absorbing foam material adapted to fit over the mouth of a user and engage the face around the mouth to form an effective sound seal to receive sound directly from the mouth and absorb substantially most of the sound in the foam material, a microphone for receiving unabsorbed sound disposed adjacent the bottom of said foam saddle and providing an output signal responsive to the unabsorbed sound, and means in said body for receiving said output signal and providing an indication on said body of the intensity of the unabsorbed sound.

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They Invented What? (No. 137)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,743,460:  Tomato raisin. 

What is claimed is:
1. A method of producing a tomato raisin, comprising:
     (a) removing the skin from a grape tomato to produce a skinless grape tomato; and

     (b) drying said skinless grape tomato to produce a tomato raisin.

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They Invented What? (No. 136)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 27, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,415,807: Decoy hunting/observing blind.

 duckblind

I claim:

1. A blind comprising in combination:

a housing in the form of a hollow shell, said shell having segmental wall portions, and opposite sides of said shell terminating at a lower annular edge, said shell being sized to accommodate a hunter or observer in an upright position therein; said shell is a decoy having an external appearance simulating a fowl being hunted or observed; and shell-supporting means extending upwardly from ground level through said lower annular edge of said shell for mounting said shell above ground level.

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They Invented What? (No. 135)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 27, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,234,948:  Cheese-filter cigaret.

JW Note: The inventor observes that “it is preferred to use a hard cheese as exemplified by Parmesan, Romano or Swiss cheese . . . [however] Aged Cheddars and other “hard” cheeses may also be used”.

 cheesecigarette

I claim:

1. A cigaret filter capable of reducing materially the nicotine and tars in the tobacco smoke, said filter comprising small, well-defined porous particles of hard milk derived cheese having a fat content in excess of 20 percent but being sufficiently dry so that most of the fat is in the interior of the individual particles on the surfaces constituting the walls of pores with which the individual particles are provided and within which filtering occurs.

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They Invented What? (No. 245)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 19, 2020

U.S. Patent No. D881,473: Face mask

JW Note: Hat tip to Professor Sarah Burstein @design_law.  Filed last October, and just issued on April 14, 2020.

Claim: The ornamental design for a face mask, as shown and described.

facemask

They Invented What? (No. 134)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,756,555: Wing apparatus for skiers.

JW Note: Many thanks to Stephen Nipper at The Invent Blog for bringing this patent to our attention.

 skiflyer

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier, comprising harness means adapted to be worn by said skier, a left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, a right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, connecting means carried by said harness means for operatively connecting said left wing structure as to thereby have said left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means and for operatively connecting said right wing structure as to thereby have said right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, said left wing structure having a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of said skier, said right wing structure having a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of…

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