Thursday, April 25, 2002


For the last couple of days, the Best of the Web at has been running some quips on silly patents that have been issued by the Federal Government. I saw this one today, and had to share it with you:
On Sept. 25, 2001, Joe W. Armstrong of Lenoir, Tenn., was awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,293,874 for "as amusement apparatus including a user-operated and controlled apparatus for self-infliction of repetitive blows to the user's buttocks by a plurality of elongated arms bearing flexible extensions that rotate under the user's control. . . . As the user rotates the crank, the user's buttocks are paddled by flexible shoes located on each outboard end of the elongated arms to provide amusement to the user and viewers of the paddling.

Here the link to the actual patent. Make sure you check out the "Images" link for an illustration of this contraption.

Actually, now that I've seen this, I think we need one in the office.

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