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5 Wacky Patents to Celebrate Inventors Month

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There are some inventions that have changed the way we do things. Innovative ideas like sliced bread, the automobile, and even the iPad remind us that the human mind can create great things.

And then there are those inventions that require us to take pause—or at least have a laugh. As we celebrate National Inventors Month, here are five inventions you may be surprised to know exist.

1)    Wine glass gripper
For those individuals who have a bit of trouble clasping that fourth glass of Pinot Grigio, the wine glass gripper might be quite the useful tool. This rubber attachment fits around the stem of any wine glass and helps stabilize a tipsy grip, so the holder can feel comfortable despite the number of drinks consumed.

2)    Supine reading glasses
If you’ve ever been reading in bed and wondered if there was a way to finish the latest installment of “Twilight” without straining your neck, the supine reading glasses were made for you. Designed to allow reading while lying flat, the glasses use prisms to reflect each page when viewed through the lenses.

3)    Metal detector sandals
Who hasn’t had a day at the beach and wished for a hands-free alternative to a metal detector? These metal detector sandals allow the wearer to simultaneously walk along the beach and hunt for gold. Just watch out for the water.

4)    XL wine glass
Here’s another quirky wine-related invention: the full-bottle wine glass. Yes, you read that correctly. One of these giant wine glasses can hold an entire bottle of wine—about three-quarters of a liter. It is possible the inventor had a lot to celebrate.

5)    Snuggie
Everyone’s favorite backward-robe, the Snuggie Blanket became quite the pop-culture phenomenon when it first started appearing on late-night infomercials. The blanket is worn similar to the way one would wear a robe, but the material covers the front of the body instead. In addition to a version for pets (yes, really!), the Snuggie line now includes zebra and leopard prints for its fashion-forward fan base.

If you really want to take a walk on the wild side—or just want a good laugh—look up the Japanese concept of “chindōgu,” faux inventions meant to address quotidian inconveniences.

Have your own wacky invention? These products are proof that “crazy” ideas may not be so crazy after all. Protect your intellectual property with the United States Patent and Trademark Office through LegalZoom’s Copyright, Patent, and Trademark services.

This is a guest post by LegalZoom author B. Kaiser, a regular contributor to the LegalZoom newsletter.

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August 10th, 2010 at 8:37 am