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Weird News Central: Patent For Male Chastity Belt Granted

In 1908, <B>Ellen E. Perkins</B> took out a patent for this male chastity belt designed to stop men from masturbating too much.

In 1908, Ellen E. Perkins took out a patent for this male chastity belt designed to stop men from masturbating too much.

Friday, June 11, 2010 2:02 GMT

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s only one way to stop masturbation – sexual armor.

At least that was the idea on January 7, 1908, when Ellen E. Perkins filed a patent for metal-riveted undies to prevent a guy from gratuitous rubbing.

This week, AOL News Senior Correspondent Buck Wolf unearths some of the world’s most bizarre patents.

Sexual Armor – otherwise known as US Patent 875,845 – may not have earned Perkins big bucks, but it’ll make you laugh so hard you might grow hair on your palms.

The patent filing states: “It is a deplorable but well known fact that one of the most common causes of insanity, imbecility, and feeble mindedness, especially in youth, is masturbation or self-abuse. This is about equally true of both sexes.”

Perkins, however, never went on to invent a version of his product for ladies.

Other hysterical patents: A tricycle lawn mower, and a device to strap a monkey to a horse so that monkeys could be used as jockeys.

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