In honor of Halloween being right around the corner, we thought we’d highlight some of the strangest, silliest and scariest patents that have ever been filed.
So, sit tight, grab a candy bar and enjoy!
An anti-eating face mask which includes a cup-shaped member conforming to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the user, together with a hoop member and straps detachably engageable with a user’s head for mounting the cup-shaped member in overlying relationship with the user’s mouth and chin area under the nose thereby preventing the ingestion of food by the user.
A pillow body is enclosed in a ticking, and a pair of tie strings are each attached at one end thereof to the ticking at opposite ends of the pillow body. The pillow body is folded in half along a transverse medial line, and the confronting side edges of the ticking are sewn together so as to form a pouch open on only one side. A. pillowcase with a zipper closure surrounds the pouch. The device thus formed is useful as a courtesy pillow for the comfort of airline passengers, and doubles as a crash helmet which may be put over the head of the passenger when he is forewarned of an impending crash landing.
A collar for collaring a snake has an elongated collar section forming a physical collar when wrapped around the body portion of the snake. The collar further has a support section for supporting an attachment mechanism for accepting attachment of a tether and a connector system comprising at least two components affixed to strategic portions of the collar section for securing the collar in place around the body portion of the snake.
…Using the handle portion of the frame or holder, the user places the kissing shield under his nose, so that it covers his lips, cheeks and chin. The user then positions the kissing shield between his lips and the lips or cheek of the individual he plans to kiss and kisses the intended recipient of his affection.
A self-congratulatory apparatus having a simulated human hand carried on a pivoting arm suspended from shoulder supported member. The hand is manually swingable into and out of contact with the user’s back to give an amusing or an important pat-on-the-back.
…the combination headdress and face mask is made of a flat blank of paper or the like which is so slight that it can be expanded into a head-embracing or headband portion with a depending face mask portion at the front thereof and with an upstanding crown shield at the rear thereof which can have advertising or other indicia thereon. The headband is provided with vertical slits in one edge to provide for variations in head size. The face mask is slit transversely to obtain a grotesque effect as well as to provide openings for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth and an opening for receiving the chin so that the face mask portion is anchored in place.
A jack-o-lantern helmet, and has for its object to provide a simple and inexpensive device of the kind that may be worn on the head in parades, masquerades, and the like.
A burial structures providing space for multiple human remains has the additional feature of allowing interlocking of individual units. The interlocking prohibits access to the individual cremens or bodily remains. Thus no individual remains are directly accessible. This building feature allows the forming of the mausoleum into innovative designs and shapes.
While many of these patents are silly, there is something to learn here. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, only 3,000 ideas out of every 1,500,000 are commercially viable. While you want to demonstrate how your idea is unique, it must also have mass market appeal.
Happy Halloween and Happy Inventing!