Many inventions have made significant improvements in the quality of life of people around the world. These innovations may make life easier or more efficient or are perhaps designed to protect
us from harm. Then there are the ones that make you scratch your head. Well meaning inventors sometimes dream up innovations that they think will be a fantastic product that takes the world by storm.
Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, but these strange items were nonetheless unique enough to merit an official U.S. patent.
1. Patent No. 883,611
- Bells on Rats
This 1908 patent was aimed at creating the proverbial "better mousetrap." The rodent is lured to the trap using cheese, but instead of being killed the device snaps a bell onto its neck. Thus alarmed
the rat runs home, scaring away the other rodents.
2. Patent No. 4,764,111
Wearing braces is a pain, and one inventor in the 1980s noticed that many teens avoid wearing their headgear. The inventor devised a beeping alarm that was fitted inside the mouth. The alarm would go
off at preset times when headgear was supposed to be worn. Suitably embarrassed and annoyed, the teen would supposedly submit to wearing headgear.
3. Patent No. 3,216,423
The 1960s were innovative, and these inventors were looking for a way to make giving birth easier. The mother-to-be is strapped to a spinning bed, which is meant to encourage a swifter birth. This
may have been patented, but it's doubtful it was ever used.
4. Patent No. 4,384,212 - Silent Screaming
Users hold this device over the mouth, and then are free to vent their frustration with screams and yells without disturbing others. This one should have been a hit in offices everywhere.
5. Patent No. 2,929,459
Unlike the traditional pogo stick, this one came with a gas-powered engine. They were incredibly dangerous. How did anyone think this was a good idea?
6. Patent No. 35,600
- Plow with
This 1862 invention was designed for the farmer who worked in treacherous fields. If under threat while plowing, the farmer simply fired the gun built into the body of the plow.
7. Patent No. 81,437
- Casket with
Being buried alive was a real fear in 1868 when this patent was granted. These specially designed burial caskets included what was essentially a tunnel that led from the head of the interred
individual up to the surface. If able to do so, the mistakenly buried person climbed a ladder to the surface. Otherwise, he could ring a bell to signal that a rescue was necessary.
8. Patent No. 7,062,320
When drinking water doesn't cut it, you can strap this device to your face. It delivers electric shocks to pertinent nerves as you drink, providing an effective if not particularly comfortable
9. Patent No. 5,356,330
- High Five
If you've ever felt the urge to high five yourself, this invention is for you. It's essentially a plastic arm that you can mount to a wall. Now you won't need anyone else around to celebrate.
10. Patent No. 5,727,565
The germaphobes among us will appreciate this hand-held device that can be placed like a guard against your mouth before kissing someone. Nothing says romance like using a kissing shield.