Strange Patents

There are many strange patents out there. Believe it or not, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has actually accepted some very strange inventions that most people may not even think of. While the 13-step patent application process is both lengthy and stressful, some people have managed to have their incredibly strange inventions protected by a patent.

Vibrating Tattoo

You may be surprised that Nokia managed to have this invention protected by a patent. The vibrating tattoo will literally vibrate when your phone rings.

Kissing Shield

  • This invention aimed to help people remain healthy, and avoid disease.

  • The kissing shield is a membrane that is stretched over a heart-shaped frame. One of its uses, according to the patent, was for politicians as they kiss babies during their election campaigns.

Anti-Eating Face Mask

  • This face mask earned a patent in 1982, and was created to help those looking to lose weight.

  • This cage-like mask was meant to help stop overeating with its cup-shaped mesh that prohibits a hungry or craving person from eating

High-Five Machine

  • This machine high-fives you, it’s as simple as that.

  • It was patented in 1993, and simply allows you to high-five yourself if no one else is there to do it with you.

Portable Nuclear Shield

  • This shield protects you against a nuclear bomb.
  • In order to use it, you simply dig a hole, unfold the portable nuclear shield over our head, and you’ll remain safe from any nuclear bombs that may be headed your way.

Hiccup Treatment

  • Patented in 2003, the hiccup treatment consists of electrodes that are placed on a metal rod, which is then used to shock you, thus stopping the hiccups.

  • This was only meant to be used if you suffered from the hiccups for 48 continuous hours or more.

Flatulence Deodorizing Pad

  • This deodorizing pad helps flatulence smell better.

  • It is made from activated charcoal pads that absorb and filter the air.

Comb-Over Hair

  • This was patented in 1975 by a father/son duo.
  • This product was supposed to be a method for concealing partial baldness, as it assisted in styling hair to cover up bald spots.
  • In order to do this, you’ll have to divide your hair into 3 sections, and then comb it across your head.

Thumb-Sucking Inhibitor

  • The thumb-sucking inhibitor is meant to stop thumb sucking. For those at an age where thumb sucking should no longer be happening, you can use this inhibitor to help you stop this bad habit.
  • The inhibitor is a covering for the thumb that is made of metal casing and is attached to a bracelet. It can be adjusted to custom fit your child’s thumb.

Portable Bath Capsule

  • This capsule was created as an alternative to sponge baths.

  • It is meant to be used for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or even at home.

  • If using this, the person would be put into a long sheet of fluid material, enclosing the entire body except for the head.

  • There is an inlet to add additional fluid, along with an outlet to rinse out the dirty water.

  • Unfortunately, the product hasn’t been successful to date.

Crustless PB&J

  • Surprisingly, Smuckers patented this in 2001.
  • The crustless PB&J has been a controversial invention, as we can assume that creating a PB&J and simply cutting off the crust can’t really be something that should be protected by a patent.

Brain Buzzer

  • The brain buzzer is a vibrating wand that you bite down on, which then jolts you back into reality.
  • The wand transmits vibrations to your brain, so if you need to stay awake for long periods of time or need that extra boost of energy, try out the brain buzzer.

Animal Ear Protectors

  • The animal ear protectors were created to protect the ears of long-eared animals, particularly dogs, during mealtime.

  • If you’re looking for something to protect your dogs long ears so that they don’t get messy or wet while eating or drinking, then this product may be useful.

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