Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Some Inventions Are Patently Ridiculous

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some inventions are more inventive than others – and some are just patently ridiculous.

That’s the word from Richard Ross, who has collected some of the more offbeat inventions that have been submitted to the U.S. patent office for a new book, Patently Ridiculous (Plume).

For instance, back in 2003, two aspiring Thomas Edisons created a “Beerbrella,” which is a device that attaches a small umbrella to a beer bottle to keep direct sunlight away from the brew.

If you think that’s weird, how about a pen that not only writes, but also dispenses dental floss so you can clean your teeth while expanding your mind.

Other geniuses who flushed out strange ideas include the man who made a combination toilet tank and aquarium and the guy who figured out how to put condoms inside real walnut shells.

Sure, these inventions sound bizarre, but Ross says they’re proof “that 90 percent of America’s optimism can be found in the U.S. patent office.”

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