4 Patented Inventions That Make You Scratch Your Head
Let’s face it: Not every idea is a bright idea. In fact, some ideas may be best left on a piece of paper in the back of a desk drawer. But the human mind is curious and innovative, and it cannot be stopped when it is determined. Thus, the U.S. Patent Office has put its stamp of approval on a number of inventions that are interesting, at best. Here are four reasons even your most ridiculous idea could actually stand a chance at earning a patent:
1. The Solution for Floppy Doggy Ears
If you have a furry friend with long beautiful ears, you probably lose sleep at night thinking about those ears hanging in the dog food bowl. You toss and turn as you picture bits of kibble tangled in the once-beautiful hair that lines your pup’s ears. Thankfully, someone created a device known as U.S. Patent #4233942. The cuffs can be placed around each ear to hold them far from your dog’s mouth as it scarfs up dinner. You’re welcome.
2. Does Your Cat Get Enough Exercise?
Before you think about taking your cat for a walk, you need to hear about this million-dollar idea. The inventor came up with a way to send your cat into a fury as it chases a light that comes from a handheld device. According to the patent, the device sends a beam of light onto a floor or wall, and said light can be moved around in a way that is “fascinating” to cats. Want to see the device in action? Simply go to any cat owner’s home and ask to see their laser pointer. Or check out any of a million YouTube videos of cats going crazy. How this got patented is a miracle.
3. A Solitary High Five
If you want to get really bummed out, check out “The Apparatus for Simulating a High Five.” This is exactly what it sounds like. The patent explains that a solitary fan cannot otherwise express excitement during a sporting event. If you are watching sports by yourself and feel the urge to high-five someone but no one is around, just turn to your trusty fake hand for a hard, plastic palm-slap.
4. A Real Kick in the Pants
You know how some days you just wish you had someone around to kick your butt? Literally kick your butt? Look no further than a patented device that can provide repetitive blows to your rear end.Through cranking a lever, the user puts rotating arms into action to deliver kick after kick. According to the patent, it is an amusement apparatus, but it does not sound like much fun.
There you have it: four examples of why human innovation will never cease to amaze. Thanks to a nondiscriminatory patent office, you can put your mark on the invention world with just about any idea.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
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