Patently Ridiculous

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-03-29
  • Publisher: Plume

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A hilarious compendium of the wackiest gadgets ever invented After months of research at the U.S. Patent Office - the repository of delightfully improbable dreams - Richard Ross amassed a collection of some of the most unique, odd, and awe-inspiring patent applications seen over the last century. The result is Patently Ridiculous, a treasure trove of wacky and wonderful real-life inventions, including: bull; Nasal filters bull; Self-foaming shavers bull; Umbrellas with ears bull; Shoelace tip holders Illustrated with the inventors own diagrams, this lighthearted compilation is perfect for anyone seeking a completely different take on American know-how.

Author Biography

Richard Ross is an award-winning photographer and professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times magazine, Discover, Vogue, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and galleries throughout the world. He lives by the ocean and walks his dog with a conventional leash.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Aggression-Relieving Stuffed Dollp. 10
Anatomical Educational Amusement Ridep. 12
Angel Action Figure Dollp. 14
Animal Headp. 16
Animal Simulating Bicyclep. 17
Animated Chicken Candy Pop Combinationp. 18
Animated Golf Bag Noveltyp. 19
Animated Outdoor Ornamentp. 20
Aquarium Bathp. 21
Aquarium Watchp. 22
Automatic Bladder Relief Systemp. 24
Beerbrellap. 26
Biblical Gamep. 28
Birdhousep. 30
Body Dryer with Mirrorp. 31
Body Warmerp. 32
Bubbling Brain Noveltyp. 33
Canine Scuba Diving Apparatusp. 34
Child Shoe-lacing and Dressing Learning Kitp. 35
Child Walking Harnessp. 36
Children's User-Friendly Podiump. 38
Child's Rattle with Bells and Simulated Animalp. 39
Collar Apparatus Enabling Secure Handling of Snake by Tetherp. 40
Combined Aquarium and Furniture Systemp. 41
Combination Child Float/Adult Aquatic Exercise Devicep. 42
Combination Fish Tank and Picture Framep. 44
Combination Writing Utensil and Floss Dispenserp. 45
Combined Dog Collar and Tiep. 46
Combined Drinking Cup and Hornp. 47
Condom in a Nut Noveltyp. 48
Creatress Imagep. 50
Decorative and Attractive Exhaust Mechanism with Adjustable "Angels"p. 52
Decorative Illuminated Pumpkin Stemsp. 54
Detachable Activity Flapp. 55
Device for Self-Defense Trainingp. 56
Diet Reminder Manikinp. 58
Disposable Device for Safe Cleaning of the Earp. 59
Dog's Toyp. 60
Dolls Formed in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus with a Movable Head and Extremitiesp. 61
Doll Simulating Adaptive Infant Behaviorp. 62
Doll with Changeable Facial Featuresp. 63
Doll with Sound Generator and Plural Switch Meansp. 64
Double Coatp. 65
Duck Decoy with Quick Release, Foldable Wingsp. 66
Dust Cover for Dogp. 68
Easter Tomb Pendantp. 69
Educational Toyp. 70
Expression Dollp. 72
Facade for Child's Play Vehiclep. 74
Family Prayer Altarp. 76
Female Urinal Fixturep. 77
Figure Dollp. 78
Finger Puppet Eating Utensilp. 79
Fish and Marine Mammal Observatory Featuring a Carousel that Moves Within a Sealed Aquatic Environmentp. 80
Flying Skip. 81
Foot Pump Powered Neck Massaging Devicep. 82
Footwear with Bubble Generatorp. 84
Game Device for Two or More Persons Which is Used with the Feetp. 85
Golf Putterp. 86
Group Tether Apparatusp. 87
Group Walking Toyp. 88
Hanging Bubble Lampp. 89
Hood Ornamentp. 90
Human Free-flight Catapultp. 91
Hunting Accessoryp. 92
Improved Combined Piano, Couch and Bureaup. 93
Inflatable Decoy Systemp. 94
Inflatable Hunting Decoyp. 95
Luminous Bowling Ballp. 96
Massaging Shoe Devicep. 97
Memorial Novelty Doll Device Having Integral Sound Producing Means and Kit and Method for Customizing the Samep. 98
Method for Manufacturing a Pet Mannequin for Training Pet Trimming Techniciansp. 100
Mobile Morguep. 102
Modular Airplane-Shaped Bedroom Furniturep. 103
Multiple Person Outfitp. 104
Musical Toothbrushp. 106
Musical Toothpaste Tube Closurep. 107
Nasal Filterp. 108
Nose Pickp. 109
Novelty Sandalp. 110
Novelty Tank Topp. 111
One Way Free Spinning Hubcapp. 112
Ornamental Display Arrangementp. 114
Parent-Child Bonding Bibp. 116
Pedicure Systemp. 118
Phosphorescent Bookp. 119
Pom-Pom Puppet and Method of Cheering with Pom-Pom Puppetp. 120
Portable Prayer Altarp. 122
Prayer Dollp. 124
Radio Controlled Skateboard with Robotp. 126
Religious Dollp. 127
Religious Holiday Basketp. 128
Religious Symbolp. 129
Rescue and Safety Vestp. 130
Robot System, Robot Device, and Its Coverp. 132
Sanitary Appliance for Birdsp. 133
Seamless Bodysuit and a Method for Fabricating Samep. 134
Set of Dolls for Simulating a Universal Beauty Pageantp. 136
Shirtp. 137
Shoelace Tip Holderp. 138
Sick-Call Setp. 140
Snow Globe Spray Bottlep. 142
Sock with Pocketp. 143
Soft Baby Dollp. 144
Sound Effects Beltp. 145
Submarine Amusement Ridep. 146
Toilet Tank Aquariump. 148
Tombstone Flower Saddlep. 149
Trailer Hitch Coverp. 150
Transformable Dollp. 151
Transformable Shoep. 152
Umbrella Having Earsp. 153
Underwater and Land Travel Vehiclep. 154
Vibrating Pacifierp. 156
Wobbling Headpiecep. 158
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