Weird Patents



"The common house spider is often trapped within a bath or basin. This is mainly due to a spiders inability to negotiate or scale the smooth inner countours of a conventional bath or basin." The solution? A spider ladder as patented in 1994. The ladder is made of metal or plastic to prevent spiders from hiding under the ladder. It is attached with a suction cup. Source

Here is an electric tablecloth designed in 1992 to keep insects from crawling onto food. "The current passing through the insect's body is sufficient to produce a sensation which will discourage further travel across the edge of the cloth. A consumer who may come into contact with the strips will usually not feel the current and, even if the consumer is wet, the current will produce only a slight tingling sensation." Source

From what I understand this 2006 device uses water as a conductor and uses electricity on the phrenic and vagus nerves to cure hiccups. The patent details a history of hiccups. "Hiccups lasting up to 48 hours are classified as 'bouts.' Hiccups lasting longer than 48 hours are called 'persistent.' Those lasting longer than a month are called 'intractable.'" One reason drinking water is a traditional cure for hiccups is that it stimulates the vagus nerve on the drinker's mouth. Source

Have you ever wondered how to swing on a swing? Well this patent will explain how to swing from side to side and in an oval shape. "Another improvement on the swinging method described above is the induction into the side-to-side swinging movement of a component of forward-and-back motion. That is, by skillful manipulation of the body, the present inventor has found it possible to add a relatively minor component of forward-and-back motion to the side-to-side swinging motion, resulting in a swinging path that is generally shaped like an oval."

7 comments:

AY@tes said...

I've always wondered how swings worked. And now that I can see how to swing from side to side I can begin work on swinging on a DIAGONAL!

I figured the best way to help a spider out of the tub was to turn on the water, because everyone knows that spiders can swim and breathe under water.

AY@tes said...

Wait, you can use electricity to cure hiccups? Maybe thats why the RCMP up here are tasering people, they are helping to cure their hiccups. And here I thought they were fighting crime. :)

coopernicus said...

damn...we always used to swing that way as kids...if only i'd a known....

and the tablecloth? Not nearly enough juice...if those little suckers are after my food they should be smoking after ten steps...

odd facts said...

ay@tes: Don't turn the water on! I am the target demographic for the spider ladder, I am sorry to say. I always trap them in a glass and release them outside. About the hiccups, I mentioned this patent to someone I knew who had frequent hiccups...and there was a long pause and stare. Oops.
coopernicus: I agree. Not enough juice. More juice will also teach people to keep their elbows off the table.

AY@tes said...

You'd fit in well with my wife, I quite frequently find upside down glasses on the floor with bugs trapped underneath them.

Most people would look at you strange if you mentioned to them that they could electrocute themselves to cure the hiccups.

thekingpin68 said...

'Here is an electric tablecloth designed in 1992 to keep insects from crawling onto food.'

Good one.:)

odd facts said...

ay@tes: Good for your wife. Save the spiders!

thekingpin68: thank you