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US 3,937,939 - Single-hand digital calculator

Abstract
An electronic digital calculator, the calculator being in the form of an elongated tubular body having a size and shape similar to a pen or pencil and having a plurality of input valve setting keys and function keys carried on its surface as well as illuminable "read-out", or display, screen. The value setting keys and the function keys are arranged on the surface of the tubular body such that the calculator can be used while held in one hand of the user.

Claim 1
An electronic digital calculator comprising an elongated cylindrical tubular body; a plurality of input value setting keys mounted on and carried on the outer surface of said tubular body; a plurality of function keys mounted on and carried on the outer surface of said tubular body; a display readout screen mounted on said tubular body for visible scanning of the calculation being performed; an electronic chip housed within said tubular body and electrically connected to said value setting keys, said function keys, and said read-out screen; and, battery means housed within said tubular body for providing a source of electrical power to said electronic chip, said valve setting keys and said function keys being arranged on the outer surface of said tubular body such that they can be manually actuated by the fingers of one hand of a user while held in said hand.

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US 3,984,595 - Inflatable rug

Abstract
A rug which is convertible to an air mattress includes a rug member adhesively laminated on top of a flexible-walled backing member composed of a pair of stacked sheets sealably joined around their margins. A valve is provided through the backing member to enable the introduction of pressurized gas into a cavity defined between the sheets.

Claim 1
An inflatable rug comprising a rug member laminated on top of a generally planar flexible walled hollow backing member, the walls of said backing member enclosing a cavity in said member, and valve means carried by said member in communication with said cavity to enable the introduction of pressurized gas into said cavity.

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US 3,997,156 - Magic hat

Abstract
A magic hat for aiding a magician in performing magic tricks or illusions. The magic hat includes a generally cylindrical portion with a rim secured to one end and a closure plate covering the other end. A plurality of internal cavities are provided to facilitate performing various illusions. One cavity provides a fluid reservoir for storage of a fluid (i.e., water) which is poured directly into the hat and holding the fluid when the hat is inverted. A second cavity provides a concealed storage area for a set of playing cards and/or a flag or other suitable cloth. A third cavity longitudinally along the cylindrical wall of the hat provides a storage area for a magic wand and mounts a second, flexible, fluid reservoir. A pair of apertures are provided in the side walls of the cylindrical portion of the hat adjacent its rim to provide access to the magic wand and to permit squeezing of the flexible reservoir to expel a stream of water through the top of the hat. An elastic fabric band is mounted over the apertures to conceal and disguise their presence. An elastic string or wire is provided to perform illusory movements of the magic hat.

Claim 1
A hat, comprising: a generally cylindrical housing defining the main body of the hat and having an end wall closing one end of the cylindrical housing; means defining a hidden cavity extending longitudinally along a portion of the inside of said housing, said means including a longitudinally extending arcuate shell of a larger diameter than that of the cylindrical housing and spaced therefrom on the inside thereof so as to span a side portion thereof and another end wall between the shell and the adjacent cylindrical portion of the housing defining the hidden cavity therebehind; and means defining an inwardly movable wall portion of said shell defining a door to gain access to the cavity defined between the shell and the adjacent portion of the cylindrical housing.

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US 4,022,227 - Method of concealing partial baldness

Abstract
A method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person's head. The hair styling requires dividing a person's hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another.

Claim 1
A method for styling hair to cover bald areas using only the individual's own hair, comprising separating the hair on the head into several substantially equal sections, taking the hair on one section and placing it over the bald area, then taking the hair on another section and placing it over the first section, and finally taking the hair on the remaining sections and placing it over the other sections whereby the bald area will be completely covered.

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US 4,044,405 - Target in a bowl or urinal to attract the attention of urinating human males

Abstract
A target fixedly connected to a urinal or toilet to attract the attention of human males.

Claim 1
In a toilet bowl or urinal the combination comprising: A target means to attract the attention of urinating human males to be wholly disposed within the bowl or urinal and to be permanently connected to the bowl or urinal; said target means being flexible prior to being non-removedly connected; said target being disposed in said bowl or urinal such that no part of said target extends outside of the volume partially enclosed by said bowl or urinal; and said target being void of moving parts.

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US 4,150,505 - Bird trap and cat feeder

Abstract
A bird trap and cat feeder for catching birds and feeding the birds to a cat. The trap designed to catch birds the size of a sparrow while releasing smaller song birds, wrens, swallows, or the like. The feeder providing means for continuously supplying a cat or neighborhood cats with sparrows to eat.

Claim 1
A bird trap and cat feeder for catching a bird and in particular, a sparrow, and feeding the bird to a cat, the trap comprising: an enclosed bird housing having an upper portion, a tapered lower portion, a back, a front, a top, an open bottom, and sides; an entrance hole mounted in the side of the upper portion of said housing for receiving the bird therethrough; a glass window mounted in an opening in the tapered lower portion of the front of said housing; a balanced pivot tube pivotally mounted on a pivot pin inside said housing, a first end of said pivot tube is attached to a balance weight for balancing said tube in a horizontal position, a second end of said tube is disposed adjacent and below said entrance hole for receiving the bird thereon, the second end of said pivot tube with the bird thereon lowered downwardly, when the second end of said pivot tube is lowered downwardly the second end is disposed in the tapered lower portion of said housing and adjacent said glass window; and a wire mesh cage communicably connected to the open bottom of said housing for receiving the bird therein, said wire mesh cage dimensions so that the openings in the wire mesh are small enough to prevent the bird from escaping, the openings in the wire mesh are large enough for the bird to stick his head through the openings in the wire mesh so that the cat can quickly pull the bird out of said cage with his paw.

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US 4,151,431 - Permanent magnet motor

Abstract
The invention is directed to the method of utilizing the unpaired electron spins in ferro magnetic and other materials as a source of magnetic fields for producing power without any electron flow as occurs in normal conductors, and to permanent magnet motors for utilizing this method to produce a power source. In the practice of the invention the unpaired electron spins occurring within permanent magnets are utilized to produce a motive power source solely through the superconducting characteristics of a permanent magnet and the magnetic flux created by the magnets are controlled and concentrated to orient the magnetic forces generated in such a manner to do useful continuous work, such as the displacement of a rotor with respect to a stator. The timing and orientation of magnetic forces at the rotor and stator components produced by permanent magnets to produce a motor is accomplished with the proper geometrical relationship of these components.

Claim 1
A permanent magnet motor comprising, in combination, a stator track defining a track direction and having first and second sides and composed of a plurality of track permanent magnets each having first and second poles of opposite polarity, said magnets being disposed in side-by-side relationship having a spacing between adjacent magnets and like poles defining said track sides, an elongated armature permanent magnet located on one of said track sides for relative movement thereto and in spaced relationship to said track side wherein an air gap exists between said armature magnet and said track magnets, said armature magnet having first and second poles of opposite polarity located at the opposite ends of said armature magnet defining the length thereof, the length of said armature magnet being disposed in a direction in general alignment with the direction of said track, the spacing of said armature magnet poles from said track associated side and the length of said armature magnet as related to the width and spacing of said track magnets in the direction of said track being such as to impose a continuous force on said armature magnet in said general direction of said track.

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US 4,151,613 - Protective device for the buttocks and hips of a person for use in skateboarding

Abstract
This invention relates to a protective device adapted to protect the buttocks and hips of a person engaging in the sport of skateboarding. The device is constructed from a resilient material, such as plastic foam which may be covered with a tough, pliable plastic material or the like, and comprises a generally rectangular member having two cutout portions in the upper part and three arm members, through each of which a belt member is passed and the lower portion of the device comprises a pair of double stranded cord members. The device is secured around the waist by the belt member, and the cord members passing around the legs to retain the lower portion of the device on the wearer.

Claim 1
A flexible, unitarily molded, protective device for wearing on and protecting the buttocks and hips of a person engaging in the sport of skateboarding comprising: a. casing means having resilient means disposed therein and having a generally rectangular configuration adapted to be worn around a person's midsection and comprising cutout sections in the upper portion providing upwardly extending arm members; b. said arm members comprising slot means containing a belt member therethrough; c. said rectangular casing means including a lower main body portion comprising tongue means and annular slot means at each side; d. a pair of double stranded cord means secured to the lower central portion of said main body portion and to said annular slot means on each side of said lower body portion whereby said device is worn and secured around a person's waist by securing said belt member to the person's waist and securing each of said cord means around each of the person's legs.

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US 4,194,629 - Love box

Abstract
A box for use as a token between lovers for assuring their love to each other; the box including an instruction sheet that states the box is filled with love, and no matter how often it is opened, it can never be emptied; and to get a little love, the box should be opened for a short time, while to receive all the person's love it should be left open all the time; the box including a case and a removable cover.

Claim 1
A box for displaying a love message when closed or open, comprising a case having a bottom with an encompassing wall in combination with a cover pivoted at one end to said wall whereby said cover may be moved from a closed position abutting said wall to an open position providing access to said case, in combination with a love message and associated means for displaying said message in both closed and open positions, wherein said means comprise a flourescent substance deposited on the case bottom and including a card mounted in said case spaced from said material, said card having cut-out portions in the form of said message for display when the box is open and further cut-outs through said wall in the form of said message. Description This invention relates generally to tokens of love.

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US 4,233,942 - Animal ear protectors

Abstract
This invention provides a device for protecting the ears of animals, especially long-haired dogs, from becoming soiled by the animal's food while the animal is eating. The device provides a generally tubular shaped member for containing and protecting each ear of the animal, and a member to position the tubular member and animal ears away from the mouth and food of the animal while it is eating.

Claim 1
A device for protecting animal ears comprising: a pair of generally tubular protectors each of which is formed of a sheet of self-biasing material which in their free state tend to form themselves into said generally tubular protectors; each of said protectors being longitudinally openable to allow easy insertion of one of said animal ears; and positioning means for flexibly joining one end of one protector in spaced apart relationship with one end of the other protector and for securing said device to the head of said animal such that the longitudinal axis of each protector and a portion of each ear of said animal, are held generally horizontally and approximately perpendicularly to the head of said animal whereby the ends of said animal ears are separated by a distance greater than the width of the head of said animal. Description BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The herein disclosed invention relates to devices for maintaining an animal's ears away from its mouth and food while it is eating.

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US 4,247,283 - Musical instrument adapted to emit a controlled flame

Abstract
A flaming trumpet or a musical instrument which emits a flame under the control of the musician playing the instrument. The intensity and duration of the flame are controlled by the musician activating a control valve which controls the amount of gas emanating from a cartridge mounted on the instrument. The gas is directed through tubing so that it emanates from the flared end of the instrument and is ignited by means of a spark mechanism which is operated by the musician.

Claim 1
A combination adapted for use with a wind instrument of the type having a flared bell section for emitting 2. A combination according to claim 1 wherein said wind instrument is a trumpet.

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US 4,344,424 - Anti-eating face mask

Abstract
An anti-eating face mask which includes a cup-shaped member conforming to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the user, together with a hoop member and straps detachably engageable with a user's head for mounting the cup-shaped member in overlying relationship with the user's mouth and chin area under the nose thereby preventing the ingestion of food by the user.

Claim 1
A face mask for preventing the introduction of substances into the mouth of the wearer comprising in combination; a cup shaped member conforming generally to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the wearer's face below the nose, said cup shaped member formed of rigid material with openings to allow breathing therethrough, means for mounting said cup shaped member over the mouth including plural straps extending from said cup over the head of the wearer, one of said straps provided with a means for separation to allow for placement and removal of said face mask, and a lock at said separation means to prevent removal of said face mask, said mounting means further including a hoop member of rigid material adapted to extend over the user's head and chin and a flexible strap having end portions connected to said hoop member for extending around the back of the user's head and a strap member adapted to extend over the top of the user's head, said strap member being connected at opposite ends to said hoop member and to said strap intermediate the ends of said strap, said separation means including a staple adjacent one end portion of said strap, and an aperture in said strap one end portion in longitudinally spaced relationship with said staple, said strap one end portion arranged to be looped around said hoop member for insertion of said staple in said aperture and said lock engageable with said staple extending through said aperture for locking said strap one end portion to said hoop member, wherein said hoop member is attached to said cup shaped member by plural rods extending therebetween, two of said rods attached to opposed sides of said cup shaped member, a third said rod attached to a lowermost portion of said hoop member.

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US 4,353,225 - Jewelry for animals

Abstract
Decorative devices for pierced ears having two decorative sides and interchangable"add on" decorative parts is disclosed. The decorative ear devices "or earrings" of this invention are primarily for use for "show" animals such as dogs, cats and horses, but could also be used by humans. The "earrings" of this invention are for use for pierced ears and comprise a first decorative end having a permanently attached shaft. A first protective washer fits over the shaft and against the first decorative end. The shaft is made of a material suitable for passing through a pierced ear of an animal, such as for example, a poodle and preferably includes a male thread on the end thereof. A second protective washer is placed around the shaft after it is passed through the pierced ear. A second decorative end is secured to the end of the shaft, thereby also securing the earring to the pierced ear. For an earring having a threaded shaft, the second decorative end includes a snug fitting female thread. Either one or both of the two decorative ends further include means for attaching additional decorative parts such that the earrings may be selectively changed from a basic earring having two simple decorative ends for every day wear to an earring having elaborate decorative ends for an animal ready for a show.

Claim 1
An ear decoration suitable for use with pierced ears of a domestic animal and for providing protection against irritation due to scratching and rubbing comprising: a first member having a decorative portion; an elongated shaft of a selected diameter having a first and further end, said first end permanently attached to said first member; an extension member having a diameter substantially the same as said selected diameter and a receiving end and a projection end, said receiving end including a first elongated recess for receiving said further end of said elongated shaft; a second member having a decorative portion and including a second elongated recess for receiving said projection end of said extension member; and first and second protective means, each of said protective means defining an aperture having a diameter substantially the same size as said selected diameter, said first protective means for fitting snugly around said elongated shaft and between said decorative portion of said first member and said animal's ear, and said second protective means for fitting snugly around said extension member and between said animal's ear and said decorative portion of said second member such that when said elongated shaft and said extension member are passes through the pierced ear of said animal, said protective means provides protection against irritation of the animal's ear by scratching and rubbing.

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US 4,361,200 - Engine control system for a combination car system

Abstract
A combination car system is made up from a first car and a second car, both of which are capable of running independently. The first car includes a pair of front wheels by which it is driven, a pair of rear wheels, and an engine the output of which is controlled by a first engine output control element. The second car includes a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels by which it is driven, and an engine the output of which is controlled by a second engine output control element. When the cars are running independently, displacement of an accelerator pedal in the first car is transmitted by a first displacement transmission mechanism to the first engine output control element, and displacement of an accelerator pedal in the second car is transmitted by a second displacement transmission mechanism to the second engine output control element. The second displacement transmission mechanism includes: a connection unit; a first displacement transmission submechanism which is detachably coupled to, and which transmits displacement of the accelerator pedal of the second car to, this connection unit; and a second displacement transmission submechanism, which transmits displacement of this connection unit to the second engine output control element. The first car and the second car are couplable together into a combination car which runs on the front wheels of the first car and on the rear wheels of the second car, the rear wheels of the first car and the front wheels of the second car being at this time removed from road contact. At this time, the coupling of the first displacement transmission submechanism is removed from the connection unit, and a third displacement transmission mechanism is fitted to extend between and to transmit displacement between a part of the first displacement transmission mechanism in the first car and the connection unit. Thereby both the engines of the combination car may be controlled by using the accelerator pedal of the first car, and the accelerator pedal of the second car is at this time disenabled.

Claim 1
In a combination car system, comprising: (a) a first car, capable of running independently, comprising a first pair of front wheels by which said first car is driven, a first pair of rear wheels, a first engine, and a first engine output control element, displacement of which controls the engine output of said first engine; and (b) a second car, capable of running independently, comprising a second pair of front wheels, a second pair of rear wheels by which said second car is driven, a second engine, and a second output control element, displacement of which controls the engine output of said second engine; (c) said first car and said second car being couplable together into a coupled car which runs on said first pair of front wheels of said first car and said second pair of rear wheels of said second car, with said first pair of rear wheels of said first car and said second pair of front wheels of said second car being removed from road contact: an engine control system, comprising: (d) a first accelerator pedal attached to said first car; (e) a first displacement transmission mechanism, which transmits displacement of said first accelerator pedal to said first engine output control element; (f) a second accelerator pedal attached to said second car; (g) a second displacement transmission mechanism, which, when said second car is running independently, transmits displacement of said second accelerator pedal to said second engine output control element, comprising: (g1) a connection unit; (g2) a first displacement transmission submechanism, which is, when said second car is running independently, removably drivingly coupled to said connection unit, and which at this time transmits displacement of said second accelerator pedal to said connection unit; and (g3) a second displacement transmission submechanism, which trasmits displacement of said connection unit to said second engine output control element; (h) and a third displacement transmission mechanism which, when said first car and said second car are coupled together into said coupled car, extends from a part of said first displacement transmission mechanism to be removably drivingly coupled to said connection unit, said first displacement transmission submechanism being at this time uncoupled from said connection unit; (i) whereby, when said first car and said second car are coupled together into said coupled car, the operation of said first engine of said first car and the operation of said second engine of said second car are coupled together and are controlled from said first car by displacement of said first accelerator pedal, the controlling operation of said second accelerator pedal being at this time disenabled.

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US 4,429,685 - Surgical procedure

Abstract
This invention relates to a method of growing unicorns in a manner that enhances the overall development of the animal.

Claim 1
The method of forming a one-horned animal from an animal normally having a horn bud growing from a normal position on each side of the head, comprising the steps of: pedicling a first flap of skin on each side of the head with each flap including the adjacent horn bud at a time prior to attachment of the bud to the skull; pedicling a second skin flap on each side of the front of the head in alignment with the general area of the pineal gland; lifting the first flaps of skin away from the skull about the attached end; moving the second flaps of skin into the position vacated by the adjacent first flaps of skin; and moving the first flaps of skin into the position vacated by the second flaps with the horn buds being at a transposed position adjacent one another over the pineal gland.

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US 4,457,509 - Levitationarium for air flotation of humans

Abstract
An installation such as in the form of a building having a room or chamber in which an upward air flow is produced to levitate human beings. This installation, herein called a levitationarium, is constructed and arranged to be simple, safe and economic to operate in particular by comprising a blowing propeller that is shrouded and arranged to produce an induced suction flow in an annular air passage around it, under the action of the direct flow by the propeller inside the shroud; by having a toroidal air passage arranged for closed circuit streamline air flow serially through it and the levitation chamber; and by including a toroidal core portion interposed between the levitation chamber and the toroidal air passage and providing a spectator gallery and access to the levitation chamber.

Claim 1
A levitationarium for air flotation of humans comprising a housing having an inner wall defining a levitation chamber, said levitation chamber defining a central vertical axis and having an air inlet at the lower end thereof and an air outlet at the upper end thereof, shroud means supported within said housing proximate said lower end of said chamber with blower means arranged therein for propelling air upwardly through said shroud means and said chamber, said shroud means having an air inlet at the lower end thereof and an air outlet at the upper end thereof communicating with said air inlet of said chamber whereby said propelled air flow can be established, said shroud means being spaced from said inner wall an amount sufficient to cause a flow of air by the operation of said blower means resulting from both the blower means operation in driving air and an induced suction flow being produced in the space around said shroud whereby an enhanced air flow is generated in said chamber, flow directing means arranged in said shroud above said blower means for inwardly directing the flow produced by the driving of air by said blower means toward said axis of said chamber, grating means extending transversely across the lower end of said levitation chamber above said shroud means for simultaneously allowing upward air flow created by said blower means to pass therethrough and for supporting standing users of said levitationarium thereon, annular platform means extending peripherally around said inner wall of said levitation chamber and which is air impervious for permitting users to stand clear of said upward air flow and from which users can dive toward the center of said chamber for being lifted by said upward air flow, and deflector means arranged below said annular platform means and movable between an operating position and a non-operating position whereby when said blower means is in operation, said deflector means is forced into said operating position for deflecting air flow away from said platform means to prevent air turbulence in proximity thereto.

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US 4,463,021 - Pizza cone with filling

Abstract
A hand-held edible product in the form of an edible pizza cone having filling therein. The pizza cone filling may be any filling or topping used on conventional pizzas including but not limited to tomato, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, anchovies, olives and the like. The cone is edible and has dimensional characteristics enabling it to be conveniently handheld while the food product is being consumed with the cone having sufficient rigidity and structural characteristics enabling it to retain its structural integrity during the time period that the cone would normally be held while being consumed. An inverted cone-like structure is provided interiorly of the cone and internal ribs are formed on the inner surface of the cone to stabilize, grip and retain the pizza filling. Also, the upper end of the cone is provided with an outwardly extending flange or lip to further retain the pizza filling properly associated with the cone while being consumed. A protective cup of foam plastic material, such as "styrofoam", telescopes onto the lower end portion of the pizza cone to protect the hand of the person holding the cone from excessive transfer of heat from the pizza filling and cone and also serving to maintain the structural integrity of the cone and to collect and retain any leakage through the cone.

Claim 1
A handheld edible food product comprising an edible receptacle having an open upper end and a downwardly extending peripheral wall terminating in a closed lower end, said receptacle being unitarily constructed of edible material, and a pizza filling in the receptacle, extending at least to the open upper end thereof to enable the receptacle and the filling therein to be handheld and consumed, said wall tapering downwardly to form a pizza cone, and an insulating cup of foam plastic telescoped over and supported by the external surface of at least the lower portion of the pizza cone to protect the hand of the person holding the cone from discomfort or injury due to burning, to stabilize the structural integrity of the cone and to catch and retain any liquid leakage through the cone, said pizza cone including a plurality of radially extending ribs in the lower end portion to engage the pizza filling to stabilize it and tend to hold it away from the wall of the cone, said pizza cone including an internal, inverted inner cone having a downwardly and outwardly tapering wall supported from said pizza cone with the upper end of the inner cone having a closed end for supporting and stabilizing the pizza filling, the upper end of said inner cone including a concave top wall for receiving and positioning said filling, said pizza cone wall including an outwardly bellied upper end portion defining an inwardly facing concave surface for increasing the capacity of the cone and rigidifying the upper end thereof, the upper end of said inner cone being disposed above the lower end of the bellied upper end portion of the pizza cone, said insulating cup terminating at the juncture between the upper end portion and the lower end portion of the pizza cone to enable consumption of the upper end portion of the cone and the pizza filling therein without interference, said ribs terminating at the juncture between the upper and lower end portions of the pizza cone for reinforcing the area of the pizza cone on which grasping forces are exerted when holding the cone.

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US 4,509,517 - Kidney stone instrument

Abstract
The present invention pertains to an instrument for insertion into the body which can grasp and crush or grasp and remove kidney stones, the jaws of this instrument being moved together or apart by means of a shape memory metal alloy.

Claim 1
An instrument for the removal of kidney stones that includes the combination of (a) a kidney stone grasping means comprising at least one pair of opposed jaw members that are mounted in a support which is mounted for axial movement in a tube, (b) means for alternately moving said jaw members toward each other and away from each other, said means including (1) a first resilient means for urging the toothed sections of said jaw members apart in an "open" position, (2) at least one length of Nitinol having one end attached to said axially movable jaw member support and the other end attached to a spaced apart fixed point on the tube in which said jaw members are mounted, (3) mechanical pressure means for maintaining sufficient pressure on said length of Nitinol when said length is below its critical temperature condition so that said length of Nitinol will be stretched in a lengthwise direction, but said sufficient pressure being inadequate to maintain said length of Nitinol in a stretched position when the Nitinol is heated above its critical temperature, and (4) means to control the temperature of said Nitinol, whereby said jaws will be maintained in an open position to receive kidney stones when said length of Nitinol is below said critical temperature and said jaws will move from an open to a closed position to grasp and/or crush kidney stones when said length of Nitinol is above said critical temperature.

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US 4,605,000 - Greenhouse helmet

Abstract
A greenhouse helmet is provided and consists of a dome containing plants secured within the dome worn completely over the head of a person so that the person can breathe in the oxygen given off by the plants.

Claim 1
A greenhouse helmet which comprises: (a) a transparent dome worn completely over the head of a person; (b) means for securing said dome to said person; (c) means for adequately filtering ambient air having carbon dioxide in and out of said dome to meet the needs of the person; (d) means for resting at least one plant within a pot placed in said dome so that carbon dioxide of said ambient air will mix with carbon dioxide breathed out by said person to be used by said plant to produce oxygen to be breathed in by said person in addition to the ambient air; and (e) means for securing said plant and pot upon said resting means within said dome.

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US 4,634,021 - Release mechanism

Abstract
A release mechanism is disclosed for releasing an object such as a ball from a body under the force of gravity. A bimetallic element obstructs or opens an opening in the body for retaining or releasing the object depending upon the temperature of the bimetallic element. The release mechanism may be incorporated into a novelty "brass monkey" for "emasculating" the monkey when the temperature decreases to a predetermined temperature at which the balls in the "brass monkey" are permitted to drop to a base which is designed to produce an audible sound when struck by the balls.

Claim 1
A release mechanism comprising means defining a passageway for movement of an object to be released and temperature responsive means at least partially obstructing said passageway to prevent movement of said object along said passageway past said temperature responsive means before the temperature of said temperature responsive means reaches a predetermined release temperature and said temperature responsive means moving to open said passageway to allow movement of said object along said passageway past said temperature responsive means when the temperature of said temperature responsive means reaches said predetermined release temperature, wherein said temperature responsive means is a bimetallic element, means being provided for fixedly supporting said bimetallic element at one portion thereof with a second portion of said bimetallic element being positioned for movement toward and away from said passageway for at least partially obstructing said passageway to prevent movement of said object along said passageway before the temperature of said bimetallic-element reaches the predetermined release temperature and for moving away from said passageway to open said passageway to allow movement of said object along said passageway when the temperature of said bimetallic element reaches said predetermined release temperature.

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US 4,656,917 - Musical instrument support

Abstract
A supporting device for stringed musical instruments, for example, guitars, banjos, mandolins and the like, is disclosed. The supporting device is constructed and arranged for supporting the musical instrument on the player to permit total freedom of the player's hands to play the instrument in a completely new way, thus allowing the player to create new techniques and sounds previously unknown to any player. The device, when in its operational position, has a plate which rests upon the player's leg leaving both hands free to explore the musical instrument as never before. Because the musical instrument is arranged perpendicular to the player's body, the player has maximum visibility of the instrument's entire playing surface.

Claim 1
A stringed musical instrument comprising an instrument body having front and rear surfaces, sound producing means extending over a portion of said front surface, and a device mounted onto said rear surface for positioning said instrument body at an angular orientation to a player's body, said device including attachment means movable between an inoperative position overlying said rear surface and an operative position at an angle to said rear surface, a pair of spaced-apart mounting blocks attached to said rear surface and support means coupled to said mounting blocks for rotationally supporting therebetween said attachment means, said attachment means engaging said player's body when in said operative position for maintaining said instrument body in said angular orientation and disengaging from said player's body when in said inoperative position for maintaining said instrument body in other than said angular orientation.

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US 4,666,425 - Device for perfusing an animal head

Abstract
This invention involves a device, referred to herein as a "cabinet," which provides physical and biochemical support for an animal's head which has been "discorporated" (i.e., severed from its body). This device can be used to supply a discorped head with oxygenated blood and nutrients, by means of tubes connected to arteries which pass through the neck. After circulating through the head, the deoxygenated blood returns to the cabinet by means of cannulae which are connected to veins that emerge from the neck. A series of processing components removes carbon dioxide and add oxygen to the blood. If desired, waste products and other metabolites may be removed from the blood, and nutrients, therapeutic or experimental drugs, anti-coagulants, and other substances may be added to the blood. The replenished blood is returned to the discorped head via cannulae attached to arteries. The cabinet provides physical support for the head, by means of a collar around the neck, pins attached to one or more vertebrae, or similar mechanical means.

Claim 1
A device for maintaining metabolic activity in a mammalian head which has been severed from its body at its neck, comprising the following components: a. veinous cannulae which are capable of being attached to veins which pass through the neck and receiving blood from the veins; b. arterial cannulae which are capable of being attached to arteries which pass through the neck and transporting blood into the arteries; c. an oxygenation device which is in fluid communication with the veinous and arterial cannulae, and which is capable of displacing carbon dioxide contained in the blood with oxygen; d. one or more pumps of a selected type which causes relatively low levels of damage to blood components; e. fluid conduits which are attached to each of the components listed above in a manner such that the components, when coupled to the veins and arteries of a severed head by means of the cannulae of parts (a) and (b), will form a system capable of circulating blood through the oxygenation device and through the head after the head has been severed from the body; and, f. means for securely mounting the head upon the device after the head has been severed from the body, in a position such that the veins and arteries which emerge from the head can be connected to the veinous and arterial cannulae.

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US 4,681,244 - Portable bar

Abstract
A portable mix bar comprising a hard hat having a plurality of drink containers and a pair of mixing chambers for mixing drinks mounted thereon wherein the flow of drinks to and from the mixing chambers is controlled by a plurality of valves. Also provided is a plurality of tubes for carrying drinks from the drink containers to the valves and mixing chambers and between valves and mixing chambers and from the mixing chambers to the mouth of a user.

Claim 1
A portable bar comprising a hat adapted to receive a plurality of drink containers and a plurality of valves detachably mounted thereon; a first drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said container being adapted to receive a tube inserted therein; a second drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said container being adapted to receive a tube inserted therein; a third drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a fourth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a fifth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a sixth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a first gang valve coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a first mixing chamber, the said first mixing chamber having extending therefrom a first port, a second port, a third port, and a fourth port wherein the first port is provided with a first valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said second port is provided with a second valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said third port is provided with a third valve adapted to be controlled by a knob, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said first mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said first mixing chamber and wherein the said first, third and fourth ports is each adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto, and wherein the said second port is adapted to vent the said first mixing chamber to the atmosphere; a second gang valve coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a second mixing chamber, the said second mixing chamber having extending therefrom a fifth port, a sixth port, a seventh port, an eighth port, a ninth port and a tenth port wherein the said fifth port is provided with a fourth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said sixth port is provided with a fifth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said seventh port is provided with a sixth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said eighth port is provided with a seventh valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said ninth port is provided with an eighth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said second mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said second mixing chamber and wherein each of the said ports is adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto; a first tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the first drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the first port; a second tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fourth drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the third port; a third tube having two ends wherein the first end is coupled to the fourth port and wherein the second end of the third tube is coupled to the fifth port; a fourth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the third drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the sixth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the third drink container; a fifth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fourth drink container and wherein the second end of the fifth tube is coupled to the seventh port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fourth drink container; a sixth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fifth drink container and wherein the second end of the sixth tube is coupled to the eighth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fifth drink container; a seventh tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the sixth drink container and wherein the second end of the seventh tube is coupled to the ninth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the sixth drink container; an eighth tube having two ends wherein the first end is coupled to the tenth port and wherein the said tube is routed to the front of the hat and is adapted to be supported by an articulated boom; and a bracket attached to and depending from the hat and having pivotally coupled thereto an articulated boom adapted to support the said eighth tube.

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US 4,690,279 - Birth control pill dispenser in the form of a hair brush

Abstract
A package for oral contraceptives that has the outward appearance of a hair brush. A first compartment serves as a pill storage compartment; it retains a three week supply of pills of the type that are individually packaged under a flexible bubble and collectively mounted on a frangible support surface. The floor of the first compartment is apertured and each aperture is pill-sized and positioned in registration with a pill under a bubble. A closure member such as a hinged lid masks the presence of the pill-storage compartment, but when the lid is open and a bubble is pressed against, the frangible support surface for the pill breaks and allows the pill to fall into a second compartment with an imperforate bottom. The second compartment is enclosed on three sides but open on a fourth so that a pill driven through its frangible support surface may be retrieved from such second compartment by tilting the brush.

Claim 1
A birth control pill dispenser, comprising: a hair brush member having a solid base within which is mounted a plurality of bristle members; a pill-discharging chamber surmounting said base; said pill-discharging chamber having an open end for allowing pills disposed therein to exit therefrom; said pill-discharging chamber having a top wall with a plurality of pill-sized openings formed therein; a pill storage chamber surmounting said pill-discharging chamber; said top wall of said pill-discharging chamber forming the bottom wall of said pill storage chamber; a supply of birth control pills positioned in said pill storage chamber; a frangible barrier means positioned in overlying relation to said bottom wall of said pill storage chamber; said barrier means including a plurality of deformable pill-containing compartments, each of said compartments being positioned in registration with an associated pill-sized opening formed in said pill storage chamber bottom wall; a pill positioned in each of said compartments; and masking means operable to close said pill storage chamber so that when said pill storage chamber is closed, said pill dispenser has the appearance of a hair brush; whereby a pill is dispensed from said dispenser by opening said masking means, pushing a preselected pill through its associated opening formed in said pill storage chamber bottom wall by deforming its compartment and breaking said frangible barrier means so that said pill falls through said opening into said pill-discharging chamber, and tilting said dispenser so that said pill slides out of said pill-discharging chamber through its open end.

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US 4,722,053 - Food service ordering terminal with video game capability

Abstract
A computer operated food servcie establishment has individual patron locations each provided with a game-playing terminal from which patrons can select games to be played from a listing thereof provided by the central computer unit. Each termainl also displays the food service items available and from the display, automatically, the patrons can select respective items and the selected items are displayed at a remote terminal, e.g. in the kitchen, to enable preparation of the food service items while game play continues at the terminals. Game play is automatically terminated upon the lapse of a selected time period subsequent to food service.

Claim 1
A food service installation comprising: a plurality of patron stations, each comprising a dining table and seating means at said table for accommodating a plurality of patrons; a computer facility at each of said stations, each computer facility comprising at least one video display terminal, and a plurality of game-playing implements adapted to enable patrons at said station to play a game displayed on said terminal; means connected to said terminals for displaying thereon food service items adapted to be selected by the patrons; a further terminal operatively connected to the terminals at said station for displaying food service items selected by the patrons at the respective stations to enable the preparation of said food items; means connected to said terminals at said stations for permitting the playing of selected games at each terminal before and after the display of food service items at least for a limited time; a central computer connected to said terminals and feeding information to and receiving information from said terminals, said central computer being programmed to terminate games played at the terminals of said station upon the lapse of a selected time period subsequent to food service, each of said stations being provided with a plurality of joysticks connected to the respective terminals for enabling the playing of the game thereon, said joysticks being connected to the respective terminals to enable the selection of games from a game menu and food service items from a food service menu displayed on the respective terminals by the respective joysticks; a printer connected to said further terminal for printing out a patron's bill, said printer being connected to print-out indicia relating to the games played by the respective patrons on the respective bills; and a central display common to all of said stations and means for activating said display upon the attainment of a high score in a game by one of said patrons.

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US 4,734,078 - Liquid brassiere

Abstract
A brassiere which maintains a liquid, such as water, in contact with or very close to the breast such that a bouyant force provides improved and independent support for each breast. The invisibly supported breast has a rounded, firm and youthful appearance. Methods are described for varying the shape and appearant size of the breast and for providing additional beauty and health benefits. A transparent version is provided to facilitate incorporating the breast's improved appearance into many forms of fashion statement.

Claim 1
A brassiere which comprises in combination: a liquid; and a means for maintaining said liquid in close proximity to a woman's breasts such that said liquid provides bouyancy and support to said breasts.

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US 4,756,555 - Wing apparatus for skiers

Abstract
Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier is shown as having a harness adapted to be worn by the skier, a left wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, a right wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, the left wing structure has a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the right wing structure has a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the left wing structure is selectively rotatable about the first longitudinal axis, the right wing structure is selectively rotatable about the second longitudinal axis, and the left and right wing structures are respectively rotatable about the first and second axes independently of each other by the skier to respective selected positions.

Claim 1
Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier, comprising harness means adapted to be worn by said skier, a left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, a right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, connecting means carried by said harness means for operatively connecting said left wing structure as to thereby have said left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means and for operatively connecting said right wing structure as to thereby have said right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, said left wing structure having a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of said skier, said right wing structure having a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of said skier, wherein said connecting means enables said left wing structure to be selectively rotatable about said first longitudinal axis while operatively carried by said harness means, wherein said connecting means enables said right wing structure to be selectively rotatable about said second longitudinal axis while operatively carried by said harness means, wherein said connecting means enables said left and right wing structures to be respectively rotatable about said first and second axes independently of each other by said skier to respective selected positions while operatively carried by said harness means, wherein said connecting means is effective for establishing and maintaining a fixed relationship of said first longitudinal axis with respect to said harness means even during rotation of said left wing structure about said first longitudinal axis, and wherein said connecting means is effective for establishing and maintaining a fixed relationship of said second longitudinal axis with respect to said harness means even during rotation of said right wing structure about said second longitudinal axis.

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US 4,761,909 - Ice hole fishing plug

Abstract
A hollow, elongated tubular member, constructed of flexible resilient material and including an inlet-outlet for admitting and discharging fluid under pressure, is adapted to be disposed in a hole in a layer of ice so that the top and bottom ends extend upwardly and downwardly above and below the layer of ice such that, when inflated, the top and bottom ends expand to seal the hole and to retain the hollow tubular member as an easily removable plug to displace water within the hole and thereby prevent reformation of the ice therein. The method of temporarily plugging a hole in a layer of ice includes the steps of providing an elongated, resilient inflatable tube, inserting the tub partially through the ice hole and inflating the tube to expand the top and bottom so as to retain the tube in the hole.

Claim 1
An icehole plug, comprising, in combination: a hollow, longitudinally elongated member comprised of material exhibiting resiliency characteristics permitting the walls of said member to expand when unrestrained, said member further having an upper portion comprised of material exhibiting a lesser degree of resiliency than the material of the bottom portion and including means for receiving and discharging fluid under pressure to and from the interior thereof and adapted to be disposed in a hole to be plugged so that the top and bottom portions remain unrestrained when fluid under pressure is admitted to the interior thereof whereby the ends of said member will expand over the ends of a hole.

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US 4,764,111 - Reminder and enforcer apparatus

Abstract
An apparatus is disclosed for reminding a user of certain desired activity and for enforcing the performance of such activity. A clock generates clock pulses and a mechanism, such as a magnetic switch and magnet, is provided for detecting the performance of the desired activity and generating a detection signal when such activity is performed. A logic array is responsive to the clock pulses and the detection signal for selectively generating an electric alarm signal. In one form, the logic array is operable in response to the clock pulses to distinguish between at least two distinct time periods defined as an active time period and a dormant time period, and during the active time period, the logic array is operable to generate an electric alarm signal for a selected period of time in response to the absence of the detection signal. In the dormant period, the logic array will not generate the electric alarm signal regardless of the presence or absence of the detection signal. An alarm device, such as a beeper, is responsive to the alarm signal to generate an alarm that is perceivable by the user to indicate that the desired activity has not been performed. The alarm will continue for a sufficiently long period of time that it will irritate the user if he does not perform the activity that is desired. In one embodiment, the reminder is used to enforce the use of an orthodontic headgear. A magnet is mounted on the headgear and a magnetic switch is mounted in a mouthpiece which is fastened within the user's mouth. When the headgear is worn, the magnetic switch detects the presence of the magnet and will turn the alarm off during the active period.

Claim 1
An activity reminder and enforcer apparatus for reminding a user of certain desired activity and for enforcing the performance of such activity, comprising: a power source; clock means powered by said power source for generating clock pulses; first and second objects that must be brought into proximity during the desired activity; means for detecting the performance of the desired activity and for generating a detection signal when the activity is performed; said means for detecting having a sensor mechanism mounted in said first object and having a signal producing means mounted in said second object, said sensor mechanism being operable to sense the signal produced in said second object when said first and second objects are brought into proximity, one to the other, and to generate the detection signal when said proximity is sensed.

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US 4,773,863 - Amusement device for a toilet bowl or urinal

Abstract
An amusement device for a toilet bowl or a urinal comprising a urine detector for detecting a urine flow from a human and for providing an electrical signal for activating a sensory stimulus device. A control unit connected to the urine detector converts the electrical signal to a signal for activating the appropriate indicator. In one embodiment of the invention, a plurality of pressure and temperature sensors are imbedded in a plastic base which is disposed in close proximity to the urinal or toilet bowl drain. Disposed alongside each temperature and pressure sensor is an associated LED lamp or buzzer which is activated by that sensor. The device may be connected to a video screen or a speaker disposed above the urinal for providing additional audial and visual stimulation to the user. In another embodiment, a plastic base is disposed entirely within the toilet bowl or urinal in close proximity to the toilet or urinal drain. A plurality of supports extend upward from the base and terminate in a corresponding plurality of rotatable members horizontally connected to the supports for rotating in response to a urine flow from a human.

Claim 1
An amusement device for a toilet bowl or urinal comprising: a sensor disposed in the toilet bowl or urinal for detecting a flow for urine from a human, the sensor being located in the toilet bowl or urinal so that a urinating human may selectively direct a stream of urine against the sensor for selectively activating the sensor; and electrical signal means, responsive to the sensor, for providing an electrical signal when a flow of urine is detected by the sensor.

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US 4,805,654 - Sun shield for automobiles

Abstract
This invention provides a sun shield for automobiles. The sun shield has a collapsible framework for supporting a flexible cloth. The framework has at least three legs radially and isometrically extended from the framework. In the free end of each leg there is a sucker adapted to attach to the roof of an automobile. Therefore, the cloth can be easily mounted above an automobile to shade it from the unpleasant and damaging effects of the sun's rays, and it can also be easily detached from the roof of the automobile and folded into the trunk of the automobile.

Claim 1
A sun shield for automobiles comprising: a main rod, one end portion of which has a joint fixed thereon, the rod having three runners slidably sleeved thereon, said runners herein being referred to as first runner, second runner and third runner according to their position relative to the joint, between the joint and the second runner having locking means mounted on the rod for detachably locking the first runner; a plurality of main ribs radially extended from the axis of the main rod, each main rib being assembled from at least two sub-units which are slidably and stretchably telescoped on one another, one end of each main rib being hinged in said joint, the other end of the same herein being referred to as free end; a plurality of auxiliary ribs correspondingly mounted with the main ribs, one end of each auxiliary rib being hinged in said first runner, the other end of the same being hinged in a corresponding main rib; at least three legs isometrically extended from the axis of said main rod, one end of each leg being hinged in said second runner, the other end of the same having a sucker hinged thereon; at least three supporting ribs correspondingly mounted with the legs, one end of each supporting rib being hinged in said third runner, the other end of the same being hinged in the corresponding leg; and a flexible cloth disposed over the main ribs which is fixed at its periphery to the free ends of said main ribs, the size of said cloth being capable of entirely covering the main ribs while the main ribs are in a stretched state.

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US 4,809,435 - Eating utensil

Abstract
An eating utensil (10) which, when used, resembles chopsticks, but which does not require the skilled manipulation of chopsticks. The utensil (10) includes a pair of handles (12 and 14) resembling chopsticks that converge toward their distal ends (16 and 18), where they are secured to a food-engaging member (20), such as fork tines, a spoon, or other Western-style utensil. The food-engaging member (20) may be detachably secured to the handles (12 and 14), to allow replacement of the handles of the food-engaging member if any of such components should break, and to allow substitution of a variety of types of food-engaging members, such as forks or spoons, as desired.

Claim 1
An eating utensil comprising: a first chopstick, having distal and proximal ends; a second chopstick, having distal and proximal ends; a food-engaging member secured directly to the distal ends of the first and second chopsticks; and the handle members being spaced apart at their proximal ends and converging together at their juncture with the food-engaging member, to resemble chopsticks holding food wherein the first and second chopsticks include a gripping portion adjacent its distal end for hand manipulation.

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US 4,834,212 - Sound muffler for covering the mouth

Abstract
A human sound muffler and indicator for placement around the mouth of a user to absorb most of the sound emanating from the user's mouth including a microphone and associated electrical circuit for receiving unabsorbed sound and providing an indication of the intensity of the unabsorbed sound.

Claim 1
A human sound muffler and indicator comprising a unitary body adapted to be grasped and manipulated by a user, at least one end of said body comprising a saddle shaped body of compliant sound absorbing foam material adapted to fit over the mouth of a user and engage the face around the mouth to form an effective sound seal to receive sound directly from the mouth and absorb substantially most of the sound in the foam material, a microphone for receiving unabsorbed sound disposed adjacent the bottom of said foam saddle and providing an output signal responsive to the unabsorbed sound, and means in said body for receiving said output signal and providing an indication on said body of the intensity of the unabsorbed sound.

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US 4,858,627 - Smoker's hat

Abstract
A portable hat system enables the smoking of tobacco type products without affecting the environment includes a hat for covering the head of the smoker, an integral fan for intaking ambient air (contaminated and non contaminated) into the hat with this intake ambient air flowing in front of the smoker's face, a filtration, purification and deionization system for removal of combustion products, such as smoke odors and positive ions from the intake ambient air, and an exhaust system for expelling the filtered deodorized, deionized and optionally scented air from the hat.

Claim 1
A portable hat system for enabling the smoking of tobacco-type products without affecting the environment comprising: hat means for covering the head of a smoker; means for intaking ambient air into the hat means, the intake ambient air flowing in front of the smoker's face when the hat is worn by the smoker; separate filter means for removing combustion products released by the smoker into the intake ambient air to produce filtered air; and means for exhausting the filtered air from the hat means.

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US 4,887,543 - Unforgettable umbrella method

Abstract
A method and a device to aid in recollecting to retrieve an umbrella left in a building including an eye device on the handle of the umbrella with a identification plastic panel attached with a spring clip through the eye. The identification device is unclipped from the umbrella when the umbrella is left behind upon entrance to the building and is immediately clipped onto a key ring on which automobile or residence door keys are clipped. If the umbrella is forgotten, the next use of the key ring will automatically remind the user that the umbrella has been left behind. After the umbrella has been retrieved, the identification device is unclipped from the key ring and reattached to the eye device on the umbrella for the next use.

Claim 1
A method to aid the memory in remembering to retrieve an umbrella upon leaving a building from a location where the umbrella was placed upon entrance to the building, the method comprising: (a) providing an eye means with an opening to receive a clip means, on a handle of the umbrella, (b) providing a member having a perceptible surface with a clip means to detachably attach onto the eye means, (c) providing identification means on the umbrella and on the member to visually indicate that umbrella and the member go together, (d) attaching the member to the eye means on the umbrella, (e) removing the member by detaching it from the umbrella upon entering a building, (f) placing the umbrella at the location where the umbrella is to be temporarily left in the building, and (g) attaching the member to a key ring on which automobile or residence door keys presently in use are attached, wherein the member is of sufficient size and shape that it will be readily noticeable when the keys are next used.

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US 4,909,620 - Novelty sun glasses with information display members having the form of moose antlers

Abstract
This invention is a novelty head gear for wear by an individual and includes a pair of sunglasses having a novelty design of moose antlers attached to the sunglasses and extending sidewardly into opposite directions.

Claim 1
A novelty sunglasses and information displaying member assembly, comprising, in combination, a pair of sunglasses comprising an eyeglass frame, a pair of sunglass lenses in said frame, and a pair of temple bars pivotally attached to opposite ends of said frame, and a pair of information displaying members having the form of novelty moose antlers attached to said sunglasses, said information displaying members each being substantially flat, elongated in a horizontal direction, and having a thickness in a direction perpendicular to the horizontal direction less than the length of the temple bars, having a medial edge adjacent the glasses, an aperture formed through the thickness of said information displaying members adjacent said medial edge, said temple bars being fitted transversely through said apertures in said information displaying members, whereby said information displaying members project laterally outwardly from the temple bars in a direction perpendicular to the temple bars and in a direction substantially parallel to the lenses when the sunglasses are worn, and adjacent each other with the flat horizontal directions becoming abutting, when the sunglasses are folded up.

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US 4,949,439 - Drip pan for caskets

Abstract
A drip pan is at the bottom of the casket for trapping and collecting body liquids during decomposition.

Claim 1
A casket sealing system which comprises a casket for receiving a deceased and having a base section and substantially perpendicular sides and ends extending upwardly therefrom, support means for supporting the deceased above the base, a pan of resinous material inserted beneath the support means for trapping and collecting body liquids of decomposition, said pan being integrally molded in one piece, said pan having a bottom resting in the base section, and sides and ends extending upwardly therefrom in proximity of the sides and ends respectively of the casket and extending beyond the support means a sufficient distance to collect fluids of decomposition, the bottom of the pan being slightly smaller in lateral dimension than the casket base section to fit readily neatly in the casket, the upper edges of the side and ends of the pan being substantially contiguous to the sides and ends, respectively of the casket, said sides and ends of the pan are flared outwardly from the bottom and into firm sealing engagement with the sides and ends respectively of the casket to cooperate in preventing body liquids finding their way down to the base section of the casket.

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US 4,958,263 - Centralized lighting system employing a high brightness light source

Abstract
A centralized lighting system particularly suited for aerodynamically styled vehicles is disclosed. The centralized lighting system employes a pressurized lamp preferably of a metal halide having quartz light guides merged into portions of its outer surface. The portions of the metal halide lamp that are not merged with the light guides may be coated with a diffusive reflective coating that substantially prevents light from being transmitted through the coating so that all of the light generated by the metal halide lamp is directed into and transmittd by the light guides. The transmitted light of the light guide is distributed throughout vehicle to supply the forward, rearward, and interior illumination needs of the vehicle.

Claim 1
A light source for vehicles comprising; (a) an envelope formed of a light transmissive material and containing light generating means, and (b) light guide means formed of a light transmissive material and merged onto the outer surface of said envelope without substantially altering the shape of said envelope and without substantially extending into said envelope, said light guide means having parameters that are selected to provide forward, rearward or interior illumination for said vehicle developed by said light generating means.

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US 4,978,948 - Combined earthquake sensor and night light

Abstract
A combined earthquake sensor and night light having a base with a bottom portion resting on a support surface subject to vibrations. A top portion of the base is provided with a reflective surface and a centrally mounted lamp. A transparent cylinder is mounted on the base member to suspend a multifaceted spherical crystal above the light source by means of an elastic helical spring to enable the spherical crystal to move in all directions. Vibrations generated by an earthquake are transmitted to the base member causing movement of the crystal giving a visual indication of the vibrations by light reflection and diffractio. In the static mode the unit serves as a decorative lamp.

Claim 1
In a combined earthquake sensor and night light comprising a base member having a top and bottom, said bottom adapted to rest on a support surface, said top having a light reflective surface, a light source centrally mounted on said top reflective surface, a transparent cylinder mounted on said top base member in coaxial relationship with said light source, an elongated elastic member coaxially suspended at one end from a support means attached to a top portion of said transparent cylinder, and a light scattering means freely suspended from the other end of said elongated elastic member to lie above said light source whereby vibrations transmitted to said base member from said support surface cause relative movement of said light scattering means giving a visual indication of said vibrations.

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US 4,989,275 - Flushable vehicle spittoon

Abstract
An upwardly opening receptacle is provided including lower closure structure defining a central gravity flow outlet. A flexible drain tube includes an inlet end operatively associated with the outlet for receiving liquid therefrom and an outlet end. Structure is provided for removably mounting the receptacle in stationary position within a motor vehicle and the outlet end of the drain tube is routed through the vehicle body portion for discharging liquid drained from the receptacle onto the ground beneath the vehicle. A spray jet is operatively associated with the vehicle for discharging a spray discharge of flushing liquid into the receptacle and liquid delivery structure is operatively associated with the spray jet for supplying liquid thereto under pressure from a liquid reservoir supported from the vehicle. In a first form of the invention the liquid reservoir comprises a conventional windshield washing liquid reservoir and a second form of the invention incorporates a separate flushing liquid reservoir for the receptacle, only. In addition, the liquid delivery structure may incorporate either an electrically driven pump or a manually operable pump for pumping liquid from the associated reservoir to the receptacle.

Claim 1
In combination with a motor vehicle including a passenger compartment having a stationary component therein, a flushing liquid reservoir, a flushable spittoon, said spittoon including an upwardly opening receptacle incorporating a lower closure structure defining a gravity-type drain outlet opening therethrough toward which at least major portions of the upper surface of said lower closure structure are downwardly inclined, said receptacle and component including coacting support means supporting said receptacle in predetermined stationary position from said component within said compartment for ready manual release of said receptacle from said component and also subsequent ready re-support of said receptacle from said component through usage of single arms and hand movements independent of the use of tools, a flexible tubular drain line having one end operatively connected to said drain outlet for receiving liquid draining from said receptacle through said outlet, and flushing liquid delivery means operatively associated with said receptacle and reservoir for selectively pressure discharging flushing liquid from said reservoir into said receptacle, said coacting support means and flexible tubular drain line enabling single handed manual release of said receptacle from said component, manual displacement of the receptacle from an area adjacent said component to an area adjacent the head of the operator of the vehicle and subsequent manual return of the receptacle to said area adjacent said component and re-support of said receptacle from said component without requiring direct vision on the part of the operator of the vehicle.

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US 4,996,970 - Heated sleeping bag ground pad

Abstract
A backpack-transportable, heated sleeping bag ground pad is provided for the hiker/camper which is extremely compact, simple to use and which may incorporate a variety of conventional outdoor heat sources, such as a campfire or simple kerosene or alcohol lamp, for example. The system basically includes a heating reservoir and miniature, battery-operated pump system to circulate heated water through flexible plastic tubing embedded in a standard sleeping bag ground pad.

Claim 1
A back-pack transportable heated sleeping ground pad system comprising: (a) a sleeping ground pad; (b) a compact heating reservoir comprising: (i) a lower, thermally conductive, heat transfer surface adapted to receive heat from a variety of outdoor heating sources; (ii) an upper surface parallel to said heat transfer surface and including intergral side walls perpendicular to said upper and lower surfaces, said side walls and said lower surface including cooperative attachment means whereby said upper surface may be attached to said lower surface thereby defining a reservoir cavity for holding a heat transfer fluid therein, said upper surface adapted to receive an electric pump positioned within a pump cavity, said pump cavity and said electric pump communicating with said reservoir cavity; and (c) flexible, resilient, elongated tubing through which said heat transfer fluid may be circulated, said tubing having a fluid input end communicating with said pump cavity and a fluid output end communicating with said reservoir cavity, a substantial length of said tubing between said input and output ends strategically embedded within said ground pad for heating an optimal surface area thereof during operation of said system.

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US 5,021,019 - Novelty squirting straw

Abstract
A squirting straw device for playing a practical joke on a drinker or another nearby is described. The straw is constructed so as to direct pressurized liquid to strike the supposed drinker or another nearby in response to suction being applied at an opening of the straw.

Claim 1
A squirting straw device for playing a practical joke on a drinker or on another nearby, comprising: a cylindrical member having at least a first opening; means for directing pressurized liquid to strike said drinker or another nearby in response to suction applied at said first opening.

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US 5,031,161 - Life expectancy timepiece

Abstract
A timepiece for monitoring and displaying the approximate time remaining in a user's life. A microprocessor monitors the passage of time. A resettable memory is connected to the processor for storing data representative of years, days, hours, minutes and seconds. A display is connected to the microprocessor for displaying data stored in the memory. Buttons or switches are provided to enter and change the stored data so that the approximate time remaining in the user's life can be reset by the user.

Claim 1
A time monitoring apparatus for monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of an individual, said monitoring apparatus programmed to decrement time units from an actuarially determined lifespan and to shift a projected lifespan value as the individual grows older, said time monitoring apparatus comprising: (a) processing means for monitoring the passage of time, and programmed with an actuarial table algorithm for projecting a lifespan value for an individual, said program further shifting said lifespan value as the individual grows older and said time is monitored; (b) a resettable memory operatively connected to said processing means for storing data representative of years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds; (c) display means operatively connected to said processing means for displaying data stored in said resettable memory; and (d) means operatively connected to said processing means for entering and changing said stored data based upon characteristics specific to said individual, whereby an approximate time remaining in the lifespan of said individual can be reset by said individual.

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US 5,045,326 - Non-staling aerated bubble gum

Abstract
A non-staling, reduced density bubble gum composition is provided by a method wherein a bubble gum composition having a preselected bubble gum base composition is aerated with an inert gas in a pressurized environment. In a preferred embodiment, aeration of the bubble gum composition is achieved by the injection of nitrogen gas into the bubble gum composition during a pressurized extrusion of the gum.

Claim 1
A non-staling, reduced density bubble gum composition having a density of about 1.07 to about 1.12, said bubble gum composition including a bubble gum base composition that is stable in the presence of an inert gas, said bubble gum base composition comprising in weight percent: (a) about 0.5% to about 30% non-SBR elastomer selected from the group consisting of synthetic gums, synthetic elastomers, natural gums, natural elastomers and mixtures thereof, (b) an effective amount of a combination of two polyvinyl acetate polymeric materials selected from: (1) not more than 14% of a polyvinyl acetate having a lower molecular weight of about 12,000 to about 16,000; and (2) not more than 35% of a polyvinyl acetate having a medium molecular weight of about 35,000 to 55,000; wherein the polyvinyl acetate polymeric materials are present in a mole ratio of 1:2 to 1:45 based on the low molecular weight polyvinyl acetate to the medium molecular weight polyvinyl acetate; and (c) about 5% to about 12% acetylated monoglyceride having a saponification value above about 400.

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US 5,076,029 - Helium-filled sun shades

Abstract
A sun shade is formed from two sheets of a tough, yet flexible material which have been cut to an appropriate shape and size, and sealed together at the edges to form a flat, balloon-like structure. A plurality of interconnecting flow channels or buoyant cells are stitched into the sheets to enable the structure to retain its shape without bulging. A conventional fill valve is provided for filling the space between the sheets with helium or another suitable gas. The shade is anchored above a selected surface using cables or other flexible connectors.

Claim 1
A body-carried sun shade for protecting a person comprising: a) an inflatable canopy including i) a first sheet of flexible material having a plurality of edges, said sheet having a predetermined width ii) a second sheet of flexible material having a plurality of edges secured to said edges of said first sheet and having a width approximately equal to the width of said first sheet, with a portion of said second sheet being spaced from said first sheet to define an enclosed hollow area, and iii) a fill valve communicating with said hollow area for filling said hollow area with helium; said valve controls the flow of helium into and out of said hollow area; and b) a plurality of flexible connectors secured to said canopy for suspending said canopy over the head of said person and attaching said canopy to the body of said person such that said canopy is movable with said person.

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US 5,104,608 - Programmable Christmas tree

Abstract
An artificial Christmas tree including a tree trunk extending from an aperture in an upper wall of a hollow tree base and having a plurality of optical fibers extending internally from the aperture in the base to light emitting points within simulated tree branches attached to the tree trunk by hinged tubular branch connectors. The base includes a light source and a removable cartridge-like disc holding tray for holding and rotating an infinite number of different selected user programmable colored discs between the light source and the optical fibers to create an infinite number of user created light displays within the tree.

Claim 1
An artificial Christmas tree comprising: a base including a compartment having an aperture in an upper wall opening into said compartment; a tree trunk including at least one internal passage and a plurality of holes disposed along its length opening into said at least one internal passage, said tree trunk mounted to said base with said at least one internal passage opening into said aperture in the upper wall of said base; a light source mounted in said compartment of the base; a plurality of tree branches mounted to said tree trunk at said openings in said tree trunk; a plurality of optical fibers in said at least one internal passage in said tree trunk each having one end opening to said aperture in said upper wall of the base, at least one optical fiber extending through each opening in said trunk along each branch and including at least one light emitting point on said branch; a replacable light transparent selected colored disc having a color pattern, said disc selected from a plurality of programmable colored discs each being colored in a desired pattern to produce a desired light emitting display at said light emitting points; and disc drive means for holding and rotating said selected colored disc between said light source and said aperture in said upper wall of the base said disc drive means including a drive motor mounted in said compartment of the base and a disc holding member including a cartridge or tray removably mounted in said compartment of the base adapted to removably hold said replacable selected colored disc and wherein said drive means includes means in said cartridge or tray to be rotatably driven by said drive motor when mounted in said compartment of the base.

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US 5,109,421 - Fetal speaker system and support belt for maternal wear

Abstract
A fetal speaker system and support belt of the present invention includes a belt like housing, a pair of low volume speakers mounted spaced apart, and a casing with a resilient padding material therein. The belt fastens around the abdomen and adjusts accordingly to the growing belly. A radio or other audio transmitting device is maintained in position by a sturdy sleeve on the side of the belt. The electrical conductor connecting the plug to the speakers is mounted within the casing such that the wires do not interfere with the belt wearer. The belt offers sturdy yet stain resistant material for the exterior and a comfortable soft cloth on the interior side to be worn on bare skin if desired. The material is available in a wide variety of fashionable colors and can be designed according to the individual's specifications.

Claim 1
A fetal speaker system and support belt for maternal wear comprising the combination of: an elongated support belt having opposite ends detachably connected by an adjustable fastener; said support belt being of a sturdy flexible material casing having a pair of pockets and including resilient padding material enclosed therein; said support belt housing a pair of transducers being speakers mounted in said pockets attached to the inside of said support belt adapted to contain said transducers in position on said support belt; electrical circuitry operably connected to said transducers mounted within said support belt and extending within said padding to terminate at a predetermined location on said support belt; an electronic signal generating device; an electrical connector mounted on the end of said electrical circuitry and extending outwardly through said support belt casing for connection to said electronic signal generating device such that energy signals will be generated to said transducers when connected to said connector means; means for removably mounting said signal generating device on said support belt located on said belt casing adjacent to said electrical connector means; said means for removably mounting said signal generating device includes a sleeve-like housing adapter to receive and contain said signal generating device in position on said belt when fastened thereto; said support belt having opposite ends securely fastened and adjusted to properly fit and extra support for lower back area; and said support belt including said resilient padding providing insulation to protect against sounds emitting from the exterior side of said belt casing to be heard by anyone other than the intended fetus.

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US 5,131,832 - Heated ice cream scoop apparatus

Abstract
An ice cream scoop including a ladle formed with an interior wall and exterior wall defining a heating chamber therebetween. The heating chamber including a vent directed through the exterior wall diametrically opposed to an elongate handle, wherein the handle includes a heating assembly mounting a heating cartridge directing heated air supply between the interior and exterior walls of the scoop.

Claim 1
A heated ice cream scoop apparatus, comprising, a concave ladle head, the ladle head including an interior wall spaced from and coextensive with an exterior wall defining a ladle head cavity therebetween, and the ladle head including a handle member radially directed into and secured to the concave ladle head, and the ladle head further including a ladle head vent opening directed through the exterior wall in communication with the ladle head cavity, and the handle including a handle shaft conduit, heating means for effecting selective projection of heat within the handle member conduit, the handle shaft conduit positioned adjacent and above said heating means, and the handle shaft includes a handle cavity slot, the handle cavity slot coaxially aligned with the handle shaft conduit, and the handle shaft slot including a selectively removable butane lighter member, the butane lighter member including a butane reservoir supply in cooperation with a flame outlet nozzle, and a striker wheel and valve plate mounted to the butane lighter member to effect selective actuation of the butane lighter member to direct a flame from the outlet nozzle, and the outlet nozzle positioned below the handle shaft conduit.

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US 5,157,793 - Ergonomically engineered underwear

Abstract
A man's undergarment ergodynamically designed to have the combined quality and characteristics of a brief and an athletic supporter and which is of scant dimensions and fits snugly about a man's body with leg openings of such size as to provide additional comfort to the wearer. The system comprises four major parts, a waistband, a front panel, a back panel, and a 3-dimensional raised insert stitched in an oval shaped cutout in the front panel to act as a cradle and provide support without crush. Elastic edges are provided on the leg openings. Each of the parts are designed so that when sewn together, they provide a perfect fit for each size.

Claim 1
A personal suspension system ergonomically sized for proper fit and comfort comprising: an elastic waistband, a back panel of stretch fabric stitched at a first end said waistband, said back panel having elastic seams formed along opposite side edges extending from said first end to a second end, a front panel of stretch fabric stitched at a first end to said waistband at a position opposite said back panel, and a second end stitched to said second end of said back panel, said front panel having an oval shaped cutout located in a central position, said front panel having elastic seams formed along opposite side edges extending from said first end to said second end, said elastic seams of said front and back panels together forming elastic edged leg openings said leg openings extending from said waist band to said second edges and thereby providing an outside fly, and insert means, forming a double-layered, three-dimensional, raised, receptacle, stitched within said front panel oval shaped cutout for creating a cradle or hammock effect for gently supporting a man's genitals.

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US 5,163,447 - Force-sensitive, sound-playing condom

Abstract
A force-sensitive sound-playing condom comprising: a condom body (10) having a distal end and a proximal end, and a miniature force-sensitive sound-playing unit (14) attached to the condom at its proximal end. The proximal end of the condom is made in the form of a semirigid rim (12) having a lower part with an opening (16) coinciding with the cavity of the condom, and an upper part extending radially upwardly from the body of the condom and supporting the sound-playing unit (14). The latter contains a chip-controlled piezoelectric sound transducer which plays a melody or voiced message when during intercouse the contacts (28 and 30) of the sound-playing unit (14) are closed and the transducer is activated.

Claim 1
A force-sensitive sound-playing condom, comprising: a condom body, and force-sensitive sound-playing means for emitting a predetermined sound, said force-sensitive sound-playing means being attached to said condom body, said condom being donnable upon an erect penis without activating said force-sensitive sound-playing means, said force-sensitive sound-playing means being designed to emit said predetermined sound in response to a predetermined external force created during the act of sexual intercourse.

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US 5,186,675 - Air vent toy

Abstract
An inflatable vent toy for an exhaust vent air outlet comprising: an inflatable balloon made of a flexible material patterned and shaped to suit the preference of a user having a base defining an air inlet with surrounding attachment structure to secure the base over the exhaust vent air outlet such that the air inlet is in communication with the vent air outlet to enable in-coming air from the vent to enter the base air inlet and fill the balloon in a first mode, and to escape and collapse in a second mode when the in-coming air from the vent stops.

Claim 1
An inflatable vent toy covering an exhaust vent air outlet of a forced air heating or cooling system leading into a room enclosure, the flow of which is responsive to the temperature within said room enclosure comprising: an inflatable balloon made of a flexible material patterned and shaped to suit the preference of a user having a base defining an air inlet with surrounding attachment structure means releasalely securing the base over an exhaust vent air outlet such that when the air inlet is in communication with a vent air outlet to direct in-coming air from a vent to enter the base air inlet and fill the balloon in a first mode while allowing vented air to also enter the room, and when the in-coming air from a vent stops, the balloon collapses in a second mode.

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US 5,188,107 - Bi-digital O-ring test for imaging and diagnosis of internal organs of a patient

Abstract
A method of imaging an internal organ of a patient for purposes of medical diagnosis, where a patient forms an O-ring shape with one of hands by placing the fingertips of his thumb and one of his remaining fingers together and a sample of tissue of an internal organ is placed on the patient's other hand, and the patient's internal organ is non-invasively externally probed with a probing instrument. The internal organ is the same type of organ as that of the sample. Simultaneously a tester attempts to pull apart the O-ring shape by means of the tester placing his thumb and one of the remaining fingers of each of his hands within the O-ring shape of the patient to form interlocking O-rings and pulling the thumb and the finger of the patient apart due to an electromagnetic field of the tissue of the sample interacting with an electromagnetic field of the internal organ being probed and this interaction is detected by the ability to pull apart the O-ring shape thereby permitting imaging of the boundaries of the internal organ being probed.

Claim 1
A method of imaging an internal organ of a patient for purposes of medical diagnosis, comprising the steps of: having the patient form an O-Ring shape with one of his hands by placing the fingertips of his thumb and one of his remaining fingers together; placing a sample of tissue of an internal organ on or about the close vicinity of the patient's other hand; and non-invasive external probing of the patient with probing means, the internal organ being the same type of organ as that of the sample and simultaneously attempting to pull apart the O-Ring shape by means of a tester placing his thumb and one of his remaining fingers of each of his hands within the O-Ring shape of the patient to form interlocking O-Rings to form interlocking O-Rings and pulling the thumb and the finger of the patient apart whereby an electromagnetic field of the tissue of the sample interacts with an electromagnetic field of the internal organ being probed and this interaction is detected by the ability to pull apart the O-Ring shape by the tester's O-Rings of compatible strength thereby permitting imaging of the boundaries of the internal organ being probed.

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US 5,195,917 - Tear-apart stress relief doll and method

Abstract
A method for relieving tension, and a stress-relief doll figure for practicing the method. A doll is provided representing a source of stress, such as a television sports referee. The doll has a torso, legs, arms and a head each removably attached by means of Velcro such that the limbs and head can be selectively torn off in repsonse to an action of the source of stress, such as a "bad call", and subsequently replaced. A method and means for relieving tension in a satisfying manner are thus provided.

Claim 1
A method for relieving tension, comprising: providing a stuffed doll simulating a sports referee with indicia simulating a referee uniform, the doll representing an actual sports referee whose actions can constitute a source of tension-inducing stress, the doll having a torso portion; and leg elements, arm elements, said arm elements mounting a releasable attachment means and terminating in a simulated hand and said leg elements comprising a fabric casing, the fabric extended into an integral flap which mounts a releasable attachment means, a flag attached to one of said hands and a head element with releasable attachments, at least some of the elements being removably attached to the torso portion by said attachment means, said elements selectively torn off the torso portion in response to an action of the actual sports referee, such as in the event of a bad call, and the removably-attached elements subsequently replaced after user tension has been relieved.

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US 5,197,216 - Combined camouflage and decoy device

Abstract
A combined camouflage and decoy device which includes a suspension mechanism such as a cap wearable on the head of a hunter. A cape is suspended from and hangs freely from the suspension mechanism. A decoy extends outward from the suspension mechanism. The hunter will be allowed to impart movement to the decoy to attract animals.

Claim 1
A combined camouflage and decoy device which comprises: suspension means receivable on the head of a hunter, said suspension means including a cap having a flexible top; a cape suspended from and hanging freely from said suspension means; a decoy extending outward from said suspension means, said decoy including a flexible outer shell and loose packed stuffing within said shell, wherein said stuffing is in communication with said flexible top; whereby the movement of said hunter imparts movement to said decoy, and wherein flexing of said top inwardly will allow partial displacement of said stuffing from said shell for packing or storage of said device.

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US 5,205,055 - Pneumatic shoe lacing apparatus

Abstract
A shoe member includes a plurality of securement webs directed about a lacing gap within the shoe upper, wherein the webs are each mounted slidably within associated cavities, with tether lines mounted to the webs operative above a crank pulley, with the crank pulley in operative engagement with a slidable actuator rod to effect projection of the securement webs forcibly within each respective cavity, wherein a gas cylinder is operative to effect rotation of the crank pulley by use of an associated slide rod within a guide cylinder to effect winding of each associated tether line relative to each associated securement web.

Claim 1
A pneumatic shoe lacing apparatus, comprising, a shoe assembly, including a shoe sole, the shoe sole including a shoe sole side wall, and a shoe upper mounted to the shoe sole extending upwardly thereof, the shoe upper including an upper top wall, and the top wall including an elongate lacing gap, the lacing gap including a tongue positioned below the lacing gap coextensively thereof, and a plurality of securement webs mounted above the lacing gap, with the securement webs including at least a first web and a second web, and the first web and the second web mounted to a first side of the lacing gap, and the first web and the second web mounted to a second side of the lacing gap, and the first web and the second web slidably directed through a respective first slot and second slot through the second side of the lacing gap into the shoe upper, and the first web and the second web including a respective first cavity and second cavity receiving the first web and the second web, and a first tether line mounted to the first web, with the first tether line directed through the first cavity, and a second tether line mounted to the second web when the second tether line is directed through the second cavity, and a crank pulley rotatably mounted within the shoe upper above the side wall, with the crank pulley including said first tether line and said second tether line mounted thereto, and drive means arranged for rotation of the crank pulley, with the drive means mounted within the shoe sole effecting selective rotation of the crank pulley and winding of the first tether line and the second tether line about the crank pulley.

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US 5,213,428 - Biodegradable toothbrush

Abstract
A disposable toothbrush formed of a biodegradable material such as biodegradable plastic. The toothbrush would fit, preferably, over the index finger of a user. By using the index finger, it is easy to reach any part of the teeth by locating the toothbrush so as to apply a brushing action to the upper and lower teeth, with the toothbrush located on the outside or inside of the index finger. A toothbrush cap provides an opening for receipt of an index finger of a user. On a flattened portion of the toothbrush cap, are defined two to four rows of short bristles, preferably 3/16 inches in height. These bristles may be formed integrally with the toothbrush cap or include bristles imbedded in the cap. These bristles are impregnated with dehydrated toothpaste which bonds with the bristles to form a defined layer on top of the bristles. Upon contact with water, the impregnated toothpaste would hydrolyze to aid in brushing of the teeth for a single use. Upon completion of brushing, the toothbrush would be disposed of in its entirety.

Claim 1
A disposable toothbrush comprising: a cap including an opening for receipt of a fingertip, a flat surface located on one side of said cap having bristles projecting therefrom for brushing of teeth, a layer of dehydrated toothpaste being located on said bristles, and at least one dental hygiene accessory located on a side of said cap opposite to said one side, said at least one dental hygiene accessory being located within a capsule slidably mounted on said cap.

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US 5,255,452 - Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion

Abstract
A system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes which will engage with a hitch member movably projectable through a stage surface. The shoes have a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged with the hitch member by simply sliding the shoe wearer's foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.

Claim 1
A system for engaging shoes with a hitch mans to permit a person standing on a stage surface to lean forwardly beyond his or her center of gravity, comprising: at least one shoe having a heel with a first engagement means, said first engagement means comprising a recess formed in a heel of said shoe covered with a heel slot plane located at a bottom region of said heel, said heel slot plate having a slot formed therein with a relatively wide opening at a leading edge of said heel and a narrower terminal end rearward of said leading edge, said recess being larger in size above said terminal end of said slot than is said terminal end of said slot; and a second engagement means, detachably engageable with said first engagement means, comprising a hitch member having an enlarged head portion connected by a narrower shank portion to a means for raising and lowering said head of said hitch member above and substantially level with or below said stage surface, said head portion being larger in size than said terminal end of said slot and said shank portion being narrower than said terminal end of said slot, wherein said hitch member can be moved through apertures in said stage surface between a projecting position raised above said stage surface and a retracted position at or below the stage surface, and when said head portion of said hitch member is raised above said stage surface, said first engagement means can be detachably engaged with said projecting hitch member, thereby allowing a person wearing the shoes to lean forwardly with his or her normal center of gravity beyond a front region of said shoes, and maintain said forward lean.

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US 5,301,996 - Method and apparatus for directing a stream of pressurized fluid at a location forward of a wheel to improve the traction of the same

Abstract
Apparatus and method for reducing the air pressure ahead of the contact patch of a rotating wheel by directing an air jet substantially at right angles or forwardly of right angle to the plane of the wheel to increase, improve traction and the heating characteristics. In an embodiment the air is heated so as to further improve the traction and other characteristics.

Claim 1
In a device having a rotating wheel which rotates about a spin axis and is adapted to contact a surface at the contact patch such that the wheel at the contact patch and the surface at the contact patch have the same velocity, means for supplying a gas jet in a direction that is essentially parallel with the spin axis at a location which is ahead of the contact patch.

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US 5,307,162 - Cloaking system using optoelectronically controlled camouflage

Abstract
The Cloaking System is designed to operate in the visible light spectrum, utilizes optoelectronics and/or photonic components to conceal an object within it, and employs analog or digital control feedback resulting in camouflage adaptable to a changing background. The system effectively conceals either a still or moving object from view by the interposing of a shield between an observer and the object and recreating a full color synthetic image of the background on the shield for viewing by observer, thus creating the illusion of transparency of both the object and the Cloaking System. This system consists of four major elements: a sensor; a signal processor; a shield; and a means of interconnecting, supporting, and safely enclosing the aforementioned elements along with the concealed object.

Claim 1
A system for concealing an object from view by an observer through use of a background scene and comprising: means for sensing a background scene and for generating a video image signal therefrom; means for creating a processed image of said background video image signal for display purposes; and means for displaying an image represented by said processed image signal, the generated image being part of the sensed field of view, the object located between the means for sensing and the means for displaying, the object thereby being substantially camouflaged by the image displayed.

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US 5,329,934 - Medical patient restraint device

Abstract
A medical patient restraint device is provided for additional comfort while restraining patients during surgical procedures such as the circumcision of infants. The patient restraint device has a generally planar support member which is sized to receive and support a patient in a lying position thereon. The support member defines opposite side edges. A pair of support straps are fixed to the support member and extend along respective side edge portions in a generally parallel relationship. The pair of support straps are laterally spaced apart a distance sufficient to receive the patient therebetween with the support straps being parallel to and adjacent the sides of the patient. Individual restraining straps are provided for releasable connection to respective ones of the patient's arms and legs. Mating fasteners are fixed to the pair of support straps and the individual restraining straps such that each of the restraining straps may be releasably attached to one of the pair of support straps so as to permit the individual straps to retain the patient in a spread-eagle position on the support member and without having the individual restraining straps extending across the torso of the patient.

Claim 1
A medical patient restraint device for providing additional patient comfort while restraining the patient during a surgical procedure such as the circumcision of an infant, said restraint device comprising: a generally rectangular shaped body support member sized to receive and support a patient in a reclined position thereon; a pair of strap means connected to said body support member and extending along respective side portions of said body support member, said pair of strap means being laterally spaced apart a distance sufficient to receive the patient therebetween and with each one of said pair of strap means being adjacent a respective side of the patient; individual securing means detachably connected to said pair of strap means for detachably securing each of the patient's arms and legs to said strap means without having said individual securing means extending across the torso of the patient; a head support member connected to a medial upper portion of said body support member for supporting the head of the patient when lying on said body support member between said pair of strap means; a lower torso support member connected to a medial lower portion of said body support member and positionally aligned with said head support member for abuttingly engaging the lower torso of the patient and preventing the patient from sliding off said body support member; and a pair of leg straps each having an end secured to a medial lower end portion of said body support member and alongside the lower extent of said lower torso support member and adapted to diagonally extend from said secured end thereof, over said lower torso support member, across an upper leg portion of the patient without extending across the torso of the patient and be detachably connected to said pair of strap means so that said pair of leg straps collectively form a generally V-shaped configuration over the patient and thereby restrain the patient in a spread eagle position.

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US 5,334,502 - Method of collecting, identifying, and quantifying saliva

Abstract
A method is provided for rapidly determining during a saliva specimen collection procedure the presence of an amount of saliva, and for verifying that the sample obtained is in fact saliva. Color indication by dye markers and/or enzymatic activation of color indicators provides an indication that at least a predetermined amount of saliva has been applied to an absorbent and the enzymatic reaction indicates that saliva is contained in the sample collected.

Claim 1
A method of collecting and identifying saliva for analysis, said method comprising the steps of: (a) inserting a first absorbent element into the mouth of a subject for application of a fluid saliva specimen thereto, (b) providing a second absorbent element which is separate from said first absorbent element and having a zone of application for transfer of saliva thereto, wherein said zone of application comprises an indicator which indicates the presence of said fluid saliva specimen when contacted with said specimen, said indicator is spaced a predetermined distance from said zone of application to require transfer of a predetermined quantity of saliva to said second absorbent element prior to said applied saliva contacting said indicator, said predetermined distance also provides for collection of a sufficient quantity of specimen which is uncontacted by said indicator to permit subsequent analysis of said specimen, (c) transferring the fluid saliva from said first absorbent element to said zone of application, and (d) observing said indicator for saliva contact therewith in order to determine that said predetermined quantity of saliva has been transferred to said second absorbent element.

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US 5,350,179 - Drug awareness game and method for playing

Abstract
A board game apparatus (10) wherein players assume the identities of police officers and fight the war against crack cocaine. Board game apparatus (10) is divided into a first main region (24), a second main region (26), a third main region (28) and a fourth main region (30) wherein a pathway (52), communicates between the four main regions. Pathway (52) in first main region (24) has a plurality of playing positions wherein a player must obtain a plurality of prerequisite items for fighting the war on crack cocaine, such as a bulletproof vest, a task force, armaments, a police badge and a search warrant. Pathway (52) in second main region (26), third main region (28) and fourth main region (30) contain playing positions which give instructions, give information, give both information and instructions, designate barricade positions, designate neutral positions, require the drawing of cards, or the like. Additionally board game apparatus (10) includes a set of guidance cards (14) for guiding the movements of players and a set of guilt determination cards (16) for determining the guilt or innocence of a plurality of criminals existing in the game. A police chart (18) allows players to monitor their progress while playing the board game apparatus (10).

Claim 1
A board game apparatus, comprising: (a) a playing board including: (i) a start position and an end position, (ii) a pathway extending about the surface of said playing board between said start position and said end position, said pathway divided into a plurality of side by side shapes defining playing positions, each playing position representing point values or giving information or giving instructions or requiring the taking of a card or designating a neutral position or designating a barricade position, (iii) a plurality of said playing positions adjacent to said start position identifying a plurality of prerequisite items; b) a police chart, said police chart having means for monitoring a tally of points; (c) a game piece corresponding to a player, said game piece movable in a player's turn a selected number of playing positions upon said pathway; (d) a random number generator for selecting the number of playing positions said game piece must move.

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US 5,351,436 - Fly swatter with sound effects

Abstract
An improved fly swatter including a working end and a handle having a terminal end which is provided with a longitudinally extending cavity in which a sound circuit board is housed. Said sound circuit board emits sound effects and/or tunes when activated by an on-off switch. In the preferred embodiment shown, said sound circuit board has a primary circuit which produces one set of sound effects and/or tunes and a secondary circuit which is activated by an inertia switch when the fly swatter strikes an object, thereby emitting a second set of sound effects and/or tunes. In one alternative embodiment illustrated, tile sound circuit board contains only one circuit which produces sound effects and/or tunes when activated by an on-off switch.

Claim 1
An improved fly swatter comprising: a working end, a handle, the handle being elongate and having a terminal distal end, the terminal distal end having a cavity inwardly extending toward the working end, an electronic sound circuit board which is located and secured inside said cavity of said handle and which, when activated, emits sound effects and/or tunes.

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US 5,356,330 - Apparatus for simulating a "high five"

Abstract
An apparatus for simulating a "high-five" including a lower arm portion having a simulated hand removably attached thereto, an upper arm portion, an elbow joint for pivotally securing the lower arm portion to the upper arm portion, and a spring biasing element for biasing the upper and lower arm portions towards a predetermined alignment.

Claim 1
An apparatus for simulating a "high five" comprising: a first, movable arm portion for simulating a forearm, said first arm portion having a simulated hand secured thereto; a second, immovable arm portion for simulating an upper arm; a mounting arrangement for mounting said second arm portion to a supporting surface; a pivot member for pivotally securing said first arm portion to said second arm portion, wherein said first arm portion is adapted to be pivotally displaced about said pivot member along a single plane when struck by a user, with said second, immovable arm portion remaining stationary; a stop arrangement for limiting the pivotable displacement of said first arm portion along said single plane; and a biasing element, formed independently of said stop arrangement, for biasing said first arm portion towards and against said stop arrangement and for maintaining said first and second arm portions in a predetermined alignment; wherein said first arm portion is adapted to be dislodged from against said stop arrangement, and pivotally displaced about said pivot member along said single plane, when said simulated hand is struck by a user, said biasing element subsequently biasing said first arm portion towards and against said stop arrangement, thereby reestablishing said predetermined alignment.

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US 5,372,549 - Wig flipping device

Abstract
A wig flipping device comprising a cap which is connected to a spring-loaded wig is disclosed. A releasable retention mechanism holds the wig to the cap and when a trigger mechanism is activated, the retention mechanism releases causing the spring to uncoil and raise the wig above the cap.

Claim 1
A wig flipping device comprising; a cap adapted to be worn on a user's head; a wig; a spring having a first end connected to said cap and a second end connected to said wig, said spring having a compressed state and a released state; means to hold said spring in its compressed state, said means capable of releasing said spring to assume its released state, wherein when said spring is in said compressed state, said wig covers at least a portion of said user's head simulating the user's real hair and when said spring is in said released state said wig springs away from said user's head in a surprising manner.

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US 5,375,430 - Gravity powered shoe air conditioner

Abstract
A compressor-expander type cooling, or heating system, is incorporated into a heel of a shoe, and is powered by reciprocal gravity pressures upon the shoe which occur naturally during walking. The cooling system functions through a bellows compressor chamber and a separate bellows expander chamber. The movable walls of the expander and the compressor are placed opposite each other, and transmit opposing vector forces to each other. A movable heel portion at the bottom of the shoe transmits movement to the movable walls of the compressor and the expander whenever the person wearing the shoes steps on the heel. This expands the expander and compresses the compressor. A network of heat exchange coils, containing a low boiling point liquid, communicates with the expander, and functions as heat absorbing evaporator. Another network of heat exchange coils communicates with the compressor chamber, and functions as a heat delivering condenser. Depending on the locations the evaporator and the condenser networks, the shoe can serve as a foot cooler or a foot warmer.

Claim 1
A temperature changing system, said temperature changing system includes at least two bellows chambers, wherein one chamber is adapted to act as an expander chamber, while the other chamber is adapted to act as a compressor chamber, a movable wall in each of said bellows chamber, said movable walls adapted to respond to outside pressures and inside pressures in said bellows chambers, a linkage between said movable walls which causes a transmission of vector forces from one of said movable wall to another, relative positions of said bellows chambers which cause the direction of movement of one of said movable walls to be opposite of the direction of movement of the other of said movable wall, a pressure inside of each of said chambers which is different from the pressure outside of said chamber, wherein said pressure differential exert a force upon the movable wall of each bellows chamber, means to fix the distance between said chambers to prevent a movement of said chambers towards and away from each other during the operation of said engine, said distance being of a dimension which causes each of said movable wall to transmit said force, induced by said pressure differential, to the other of said movable wall, wherein the positions of said movable walls, before operational force is applied to the system, are determined by the balance of opposing forces upon said movable walls, and wherein said positions allows an expansion of said expander chamber and a compression of said compressor chamber after operational force is applied to the system, means to apply a vector force upon the movable walls to tip the balance of forces between the movable walls and cause a movement of said walls, said movement adapted to cause an expansion of said expander chamber and a compression of said compressor chamber, wherein the expansion of said evaporator chamber causes the contraction of its adjacent compressor chamber, means to remove said vector force upon said movable walls to allow a return of said movable walls to their original positions, a network of coils communicating with said expander chamber, wherein said network function as an evaporator chamber, a network of coils communicating with said compressor chamber, wherein said network functions as a condenser chamber, a low boiling point fluid in said evaporator and condenser chambers wherein said fluid absorbs heat from its surroundings during the expansion of said expander chamber, and transfers heat to it surroundings during the compression of said compressor chambers, means allowing an entry of vapor from said compressor chamber to said condenser chamber but preventing an entry from said condenser chamber to said compressor chamber, means preventing passage of vapor from said expander chamber to said evaporator chamber, but allowing passage of vapor from said evaporator chamber to said expander chamber, means to transfer vapor from said expander chamber to said compressor chamber during the return of said expander and said compressor chambers to their original volumes, to re-condense said vapor into a liquid, and means to return said re-condensed liquid from said condenser chamber to said evaporator chamber.

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US 5,400,623 - Leg/ankle arrestor

Abstract
An elongate, rigid restraint member is disposed to be positioned by an arresting officer vertically behind a suspect's back. One ankle of the suspect is then releasably secured by a clamping mechanism to the lower end of the member, and a strap at the upper end of the member is secured snugly by the officer around the suspect's neck, thereby forming a substantially rigid restraint between the suspect's ankle and neck.

Claim 1
A device for restraining certain movements of an arrested suspect, comprising an elongate, rigid restraint member disposed to be positioned vertically behind the back of a suspect, and having adjacent one end thereof a generally hook-shaped clamping surface disposed to encircle part of one ankle of the suspect, a clamping member mounted on said restraint member for movement-between retracted and advanced positions, respectively, with respect to said hook-shaped clamping surface on said restraint member, said clamping member having thereon a curved clamping surface complementary to said hook-shaped clamping surface, and disposed substantially to encircle the remaining portion of said one ankle of the suspect, when said clamping member has been moved to said advanced position thereof, and means on the opposite end of said restraint member For encircling and releasably securing the neck of said suspect to said opposite end of said restraint member.

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US 5,400,623 - Leg/ankle arrestor

Abstract
An elongate, rigid restraint member is disposed to be positioned by an arresting officer vertically behind a suspect's back. One ankle of the suspect is then releasably secured by a clamping mechanism to the lower end of the member, and a strap at the upper end of the member is secured snugly by the officer around the suspect's neck, thereby forming a substantially rigid restraint between the suspect's ankle and neck.

Claim 1
A device for restraining certain movements of an arrested suspect, comprising an elongate, rigid restraint member disposed to be positioned vertically behind the back of a suspect, and having adjacent one end thereof a generally hook-shaped clamping surface disposed to encircle part of one ankle of the suspect, a clamping member mounted on said restraint member for movement-between retracted and advanced positions, respectively, with respect to said hook-shaped clamping surface on said restraint member, said clamping member having thereon a curved clamping surface complementary to said hook-shaped clamping surface, and disposed substantially to encircle the remaining portion of said one ankle of the suspect, when said clamping member has been moved to said advanced position thereof, and means on the opposite end of said restraint member For encircling and releasably securing the neck of said suspect to said opposite end of said restraint member.

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US 5,413,117 - Prophylactic device

Abstract
A prophylactic device for humans which will allow penetration of body cavities or other orifices especially during sexual activity intended to reduce communication of body or other fluids between a user and a partner. A fluid impervious shield member lies or drapes over the pubic region or other region surrounding the cavity or orifice to be penetrated, the shield member having on one side a fluid absorbing element for capturing body or other fluids produced by or applied to the body cavity or orifice during such activity. A central opening in the device has a slotted elastic member placed over and sealing the opening, the slotted elastic member having a small slot which will allow penetration of the body cavity or other orifice, the elastic material of the slotted elastic member being sufficiently rigid and flexible to provide squeegee or wiping action on the item being used for penetration, thereby preventing fluids from being withdrawn from the body cavity or other orifice and communicated to a partner.

Claim 1
A prophylactic device for humans which will allow penetration of body cavities or orifices by a probing item, especially during sexual activity, but will reduce communication of body or other fluids from a user to a partner, said prophylactic device comprising: a shield member constructed out of a first fluid impervious material and having an upper side and a lower side, said shield member having a predetermined size and shape suitable for covering pubic and other regions surrounding body cavities and orifices; a fluid absorbing element having an attachment face and a fluid absorbing face, said attachment face attached to said lower side of said shield member by a first attachment means, both said shield member and said fluid absorbing element having a central opening extending therethrough, said central openings having a predetermined size and shape, said central openings having a peripheral region; and a slotted elastic member being constructed of a second fluid impervious material, said second fluid impervious material being somewhat rigid, said slotted elastic member being somewhat larger in size than said central openings, said slotted elastic member being attached to said shield at said peripheral region of said central openings by a second attachment means such that communication of body or other fluids are prevented from passing through said central openings to said upper side of said shield member, said slotted elastic member having a slot with a predetermined length extending therethrough, said slot defining two opposing edges, said slotted elastic member being rigid enough so as to maintain said opposing edges adjacent to and otherwise in contact with each other, whereby when said prophylactic device is placed over said pubic or other regions surrounding cavities or orifices to be penetrated and said penetration accompanying said sexual activity by said probing item occurs, said opposing edges of said slotted elastic member produce a squeegee-like wiping action to remove said body or other fluids from said probing item thereby reducing said communication of said body or other fluids therethrough.

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US 5,421,089 - Fork with timer

Abstract
A fork with timer comprising a fork having a head, a plurality of spaced tines extended from the head, and a handle extended from the head remote from the tines; timer circuitry connected to the handle of the fork and adapted for providing a cue after an elapsed period of time for indicating to user that another bite of food using the fork may be taken; a replaceable power source connected to the fork and coupled to the timer circuitry with the power source adapted for energizing the timer circuitry; and a switch connected to the fork and coupled between the power source and the timer circuitry with the switch having one orientation for energizing the timer circuitry and another orientation for de-energizing the timer circuitry.

Claim 1
A fork with timer for providing a cue to a user after an elapsed period of time for indicating that another bite of food using the fork may be taken comprising, in combination: a rigid dinner fork having a head, four spaced and aligned tines extended from the head, and a handle extended from the head remote from the tines for allowing a user a firm grip for taking a bite of food; timer circuitry connected to the handle of the dinner fork and adapted for providing a cue after an elapsed period of time for indicating to user that another bite of food using the dinner fork may be taken, the timer circuitry further comprising: a countdown timer adapted for counting down a pre-programmed period of time, transmitting countdown signals in sequence during this period of time, and transmitting an event signal when this period of time has elapsed, the countdown timer including automatic reset circuitry for resetting the pre-programmed period of time upon countdown completion for subsequent countdown during a subsequent period of time; decoder/driver circuitry coupled to the countdown timer and adapted for receiving the countdown signals and event signals during and upon completion of a period of time, transmitting a "go" signal when an event signal is received, transmitting a "stop" signal when an event signal is not received, and transmitting timer display signals upon receipt of countdown signals; a green light emitting diode and a red light emitting diode each coupled to the decoder/driver circuitry with the green light emitting diode activated when the "go" signal is received and deactivated otherwise, the red light emitting diode activated when the "stop" signal is received and deactivated otherwise, whereby when a period of time has elapsed, the green light emitting diode is activated and the red light emitting diode is deactivated, and when a period of time has not elapsed, the red light emitting diode is activated and the green light emitting diode is deactivated; and display circuitry coupled to the decoder/driver circuitry with the display circuitry having a numeric display for transmitting a visual indication of elapsed time based upon receipt of timer display signals; a replaceable power source connected to the dinner fork and coupled to the timer circuitry with the power source adapted for energizing the timer circuitry; and a switch connected to the handle of the dinner fork and coupled between the power source and the timer circuitry with the switch having one orientation for energizing the timer circuitry and another orientation for de-energizing the timer circuitry.

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US 5,421,783 - Human slingshot machine

Abstract
An amusement ride for slingshotting and bouncing humans with bungee cords. The ride is similar to a bungee jump, except that two separate bungee cords are used, and the jumper (rider) starts on the ground. The ride keeps most of the thrilling sensations of bungee jumping, but reduces or eliminates many of the dangers, including hitting the ground, swinging into a tower, and getting tangled in the cords. The slingshot ride consists of two elevated supports (10). In between the two elevated supports is a carrier (24). Two spring members (12) connect the carrier to the top of both supports (picture the letter "M"). A rider is strapped into the carrier that is secured to the ground with a release mechanism (28). The two springs are stretched with a tensioning mechanism (22). The release mechanism is triggered by the operator, and the rider is shot up into the air. The strapped-in rider bounces up and down about four times before being lowered to the ground.

Claim 1
An amusement ride apparatus comprising: a carrier formed and dimensioned to safely support at least one human therein; a first elevated support and a second elevated support spaced apart by a distance sufficient to permit unobstructed passage of said carrier therebetween; a first elongated spring member having one end coupled to said carrier and having an opposite end supported by said first elevated support; a second elongated spring member having one end coupled to said carrier and having an opposite end supported by said second elevated support; a release mechanism formed to releasably couple said carrier relative to said elevated supports; a tensioning mechanism operably coupled to one of said carrier and said first and said second spring members, said tensioning mechanism movable from an equilibrium position in which said first and said second spring members are in equilibrium, when said release mechanism couples said carrier relative to said elevated supports, to a stretched position in which said first and said second spring members are stretched to be under substantial tension; wherein, upon release of said carrier by said release mechanism, said first and said second spring members project said carrier away from said release mechanism for oscillatory motion of said carrier until said first and said second spring members reach said equilibrium position.

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US 5,423,750 - Transparent color-coding of intravenous tubing and intravenous fluid reservoir

Abstract
A system for the intravenous administration of single or multiple mendicants and/or nutrients to a patient through single or multiple intravenous tubings from single or multiple intravenous fluid sources where a portion of the intravenous tubing and a portion of the intravenous fluid source container are clearly marked with multiple indicia allowing for rapid visual identification and distinction between different tubes and containers, and where a section of the intravenous tubing at the patient's body and a section of the intravenous fluid container remains clear, colorless and transparent allowing for rapid and easy visual quality control and monitoring of the transfusion process. In a preferred embodiment, the multiple indicia comprise different colors, wherein each set of tubing and fluid reservoir is easily visually distinguished from the other, and also in the preferred embodiment the indicia is arranged in such a way so as to always provide a clear, colorless and transparent section of intravenous tubing immediately adjacent the injection site on the patient's body and a clear, colorless and transparent section of the container. Wherein said clear, colorless and transparent sections allowing easy visual quality control and monitoring of the transfusion.

Claim 1
A system for intravenous administration of at least two different fluids through at least two different intravenous tubes to a patient, said system comprising: a) first and second intravenous fluid storage containers for storing first and second volumes of intravenous fluids for transfusion into a patient's bloodstream at two spaced apart, first and second injection sites on the patient's body; b) first and second lengths of intravenous tubing, connected between said first and second intravenous fluid storage containers and said first and second injection sites on said patient's body; c) said first length of intravenous tubing being connected between said first intravenous fluid storage container and said first injection site, said first length of intravenous tubing thereby allowing fluid communication between said first volume of intravenous fluid and said patient's blood stream via said first injection site; d) said second length of intravenous tubing being connected between said second intravenous fluid storage container and said second injection site, said second length of intravenous tubing thereby allowing fluid communication between said second volume of intravenous fluid and said patient's blood stream via said second injection site: e) said first and second lengths of intravenous tubing each being subdivided into two sections each, a proximal section, and a distal section; f) each said proximal section located proximal to the patient, in connection with each said injection site on said patient's body and running toward each said intravenous fluid storage container; g) each said distal section located distal to the patient, in connection with each said intravenous fluid storage container and running toward said patient's body; h) each said proximal section being shorter than each said distal section, each said proximal section beginning at each said injection site on said patient's body and running a short distance from each said injection site, with each said distal section running the remaining distance to each said intravenous fluid storage container; i) each said proximal section being clear, colorless and transparent; j) each said distal section being colored continuously and completely throughout its entirety; k) said color of each said distal section being transparent in nature, such that each said distal section is transparent throughout its entirety as well as being colored continuously and completely throughout its entirety; l) color of said distal tubing section of said first length of intravenous tubing being of a first tubing color; and m) color of said distal tubing section of said second length of intravenous tubing being of a second tubing color.

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US 5,429,507 - Braille slot machine

Abstract
The present invention will utilize refreshing braille pins to form the symbols displayed on a slot machine. The braille pins will move vertically and independent of each other. A read only memory (ROM) will send the information to the braille pin cluster that will form the braille symbol. At this time of conception of the invention, the play of the slot machine will utilize one coin per play.

Claim 1
A slot machine for operation and enjoyment by visually impaired persons which comprises a plurality of rotatable reels, a plurality of different symbols on a circumference of each of said plurality of reels, means for detecting and differentiating between the different symbols on the circumference of each reel, said means including a braille pad for each of said plurality of reels, each of said braille pads including a plurality of separate aligned braille pins, means for activating each of said braille pins to an up and down position to indicate a specific arrangement of braille pins corresponding to each different symbol on each of said plurality of reels displayed on a payout line across each of said plurality of reels of said slot machine.

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US 5,443,036 - Method of exercising a cat

Abstract
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.

Claim 1
A method of inducing aerobic exercise in an unrestrained cat comprising the steps of: (a) directing an intense coherent beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus to produce a bright highly-focused pattern of light at the intersection of the beam and an opaque surface, said pattern being of visual interest to a cat; and (b) selectively redirecting said beam out of the cat's immediate reach to induce said cat to run and chase said beam and pattern of light around an exercise area.

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US 5,443,532 - Apparatus for enhancing sexual intimacy

Abstract
An apparatus for facilitating sexual intercourse between a female partner lying in an inclined supine position and a male partner in a standing position includes a platform mounted on a frame, such that the platform is inclined at an angle and situated at an elevation which places the vaginal passage of the female in alignment with the distended genitalia of a male partner standing adjacent to the lower end of the platform. The apparatus includes stirrups and handles which allow the female excellent freedom of movement to permit repositioning of her body as desired.

Claim 1
An apparatus for facilitating sexual intercourse between a female partner in a supine position and a male partner in a standing position, comprising a frame and a platform mounted on said frame at an angle and at an elevation which places the vaginal passage of the female in alignment with the distended genitalia of a male partner standing adjacent to the lower end of the platform, said apparatus further comprising means for supporting the lower limbs of the female partner while the female partner is supported in a supine position on the platform with her vagina overlapping the lower end of the platform.

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US 5,457,821 - Hat simulating a fried egg

Abstract
A novelty hat in the form of a baseball cap has a yellow colored dome shaped top and a white colored brim, the outer periphery of which is irregular and part of which projects outwardly to form a visor. On the head of the wearer the hat makes the visual impression of a fried egg.

Claim 1
A novelty hat comprising: an annular, generally planar brim and a generally dome-shaped top connected thereto, the brim extending substantially around the top and projecting outwardly therefrom; one section of the brim being formed as a visor by projecting outwardly substantially more than the remaining section of the brim: said brim and said top each being configured for fitting on the head of a person; said brim and said top having means to condition the brim and top to accommodate heads of different sizes; the material forming said top being yellow in color and the material forming said brim being white in color and the periphery of the brim having an irregular shape, and the material forming said brim being flexible with memory so that if manually bent the brim will return to said planar condition; and said configuration of said top and said brim and said yellow and white colors providing that when the hat is on the head of a wearer the hat makes a visual impression of an egg fried or being fried sunny-side up.

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US 5,472,399 - Apparatus for exercising the penis

Abstract
Apparatus for exercising the penis has a torsion bar with an anchored end and a free end, and a fulcrum rod movably mounted above the torsion bar for adjusting the downward resistive force of the free end. Padding is provided at the free end against which the penis can be flexed for improving circulation and strengthening the muscles to improve and maintain sexual function.

Claim 1
Apparatus for exercising the penis comprising a housing having a rear wall and two transverse side walls, resilient torsion bar means having one end fixedly mounted on said rear wall and an opposite free end, fulcrum means mounted on said housing above and transverse to said torsion bar means intermediate said one end means mounted on the free end of said torsion means for comfortably engaging the penis and said free end, whereby the penis can engage said free end for urging it upwardly against a resistive downward force of said torsion bar means.

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US 5,474,486 - Remotely controlled, transformable, water squirting toy vehicles

Abstract
A remotely controllable, transforming, water squirting toy vehicle includes a structure in the form of a lever arm mounted for pivotal movement with respect to a remainder of the vehicle from a first position in which a surface of the arm is hidden within the vehicle to a second, elevated position in which the hidden surface of the arm is exposed. The hidden surface of the arm bears the likeness of a snake or other creature and includes a nozzle fluidly coupled to a pump and reservoir within the remainder of the vehicle. A control system in the vehicle receives and processes steering and propulsion control signals as well as an arm raising/water pumping control signal. A single actuator controls the movement of the lever arm which is spring loaded, by releasing the lever arm from a latched position and powers the pump driving liquid from the reservoir to the nozzle.

Claim 1
A transforming, water squirting toy vehicle comprising: a ground contacting vehicle propulsion member; a propulsion unit drivingly coupled with the vehicle propulsion member; a structure mounted to a remainder of the vehicle for movement from a first position to a second position, a surface of the structure being hidden within the reminder of vehicle in the first position and exposed to view in the second position, the surface having an appearance of at least part of a creature; a nozzle located on the structure so as to be hidden within the reminder of vehicle in the first position of the structure and exposed to view in the second position of the structure; and a pump fluidly coupled with the nozzle.

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US 5,500,234 - Crispy chip sandwich and process of producing a sandwich product

Abstract
A food product comprising a multilayer cookie or snack having outer layers formed from a crispy type edible food product such as a potato chip or corn chip, etc. with an intermediate marshmallow layer being in contact with the inner surface of each crispy chip and one or more filler substances such as chocolate, peanut butter spread, etc. disposed between the two marshmallow layers. The marshmallow layers act to bond the snack food item together while insulating the crispy chip from contact with the filler layers to substantially prevent said crispy chips from becoming soggy and non-crispy.

Claim 1
A process of producing an improved multilayered crispy chip type sandwich food product suitable for being packaged and shipped to detail stores substantially without degradation of the crispyness of the chips, consisting of the steps of: selecting two or more crispy chips (11) from the group consisting of potato chips, corn chips, rice cakes, oat crackers and wheat crackers; coating at least one side of each said crispy chip with a marshmallow like food product; aligning said crispy chips in spaced apart disposition; inserting an intermediate filler food product selected from the group consisting of substances generally known as peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, jelly, jams, candy, marmalades, syrups, fruits and extracts, with each selected filler layer being disposed between and bonded to a respective pair of opposite facing said marshmallow like layers to form a substantially united food product of discrete food layers. Description FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to food products and so-called snack foods and, more particularly, to a crispy multilayered cookie or sandwich like product wherein intermediate filler material may be used between the outer crispy chip or cookie layers without degradation of the crispiness of said outer layers.

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US 5,505,002 - Versatile necktie tying aid gauge

Abstract
A versatile necktie tying aid gauge (20) comprising an elongated member with indicia thereon indicating the length of tie contained in a wide variety of tie knots. The gauge (20) determines a final pinch point (90) by adding the length of tie knot to an initial pinch point (86)--determined by the length of tie measured from the end of the wide end of the tie (85), that is equal to the distance between the wearer's desired ending point for the wide end of the tie (88) to a point adjacent the wearer's collar button (87). The wide end of the tie (82) is crossed over the narrow end of the tie (84) at the final pinch point (90), the knot (92) is tied and slipped up to the neckline, and the end of the wide end of the tie (85) is at the desired end point for the wide end of the tie (88).

Claim 1
A tie tying device for aiding a user in knotting a tie so that one end hangs to a desired length and has a knot having a predetermined length, comprising: a gauge comprising an elongated member having front and rear surfaces and top and bottom opposite ends, said elongated member containing an indicium thereon, the distance between said indicium and another predetermined part of said elongated member having a predetermined value equal to the length of tie material required to tie said knot.

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US 5,508,049 - Pizza pie with concentric rings of crust

Abstract
A pizza mold for forming pizza dough includes a frame having a peripheral configuration which matches the desired peripheral configuration of the dough, e.g., round, rectangular or square. One surface of the frame includes a plurality of concentric cavities formed at predetermined radial distances from the geometric axis of the frame, with one concentric cavity being formed adjacent the peripheral edge of the frame. The frame is designed to be brought into contact with the dough and the dough is formed (e.g., rolled) across the surface of the frame with the dough being formed in the concentric cavities. When the pizza mold is removed, the concentric cavities produce raised ridges of dough on the surface of the dough. The cavities can be formed in rings across the surface of the frame to create annular raised ridges for a round pizza, or the cavities can be formed in rectangles or squares across the surface of the frame to create rectangular or square raised ridges for a rectangular or square pizza. Toppings such as cheese, meat and/or vegetables, can be located between adjacent raised ridges on the dough. When the pizza dough is cooked, the raised ridges on the dough form crust across a significant portion of the pizza.

Claim 1
A pizza pie, comprising: a substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough having a predetermined peripheral configuration, said piece of cooked pizza dough having a surface which includes a plurality of concentric raised ridges of crust formed at predetermined distances from a linear geometric axis which passes through a center of the pizza dough in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough, with one of said concentric raised ridges of crust being adjacent a peripheral outer edge of the pizza pie.

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US 5,523,741 - Santa Claus Detector

Abstract
A children's Christmas Stocking device useful for visually signalling the arrival of Santa Claus by illuminating an externally visable light source having a power source located within said device.

Claim 1
A children's novelty device for detecting when an entity enters a dwelling comprising: a decorative Christmas stocking having a top portion, a heel portion and a toe portion, said toe portion including an enclosure therein; an electrical control circuit; a light source operatively coupled to said control circuit; a power source operatively coupled to said control circuit for providing power to said light source, said power source being disposed in said toe portion enclosure; switch means operatively coupled to said control circuit for controlling the power provided by said power source to said light source; and a flexible pull cord, said pull cord being connected to said switch means for actuating said switch means when a force is exerted on said pull cord, whereby, when said pull cord is tugged, said light source is turned on.

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US 5,524,638 - Amusement device for use during sexual intercourse

Abstract
An amusement device for use during sexual intercourse which can be used alone or with a condom. The device includes a ring portion and a contiguous housing. A circuit is positioned within the housing portion, including at least one sensory unit, such as a sound transducer or a light emitting diode, a power supply source, and an activator.

Claim 1
An amusement device for use during sexual intercourse, comprising: a ring; a housing which is contiguous with said ring, wherein a circuit is completely enclosed within said housing, said circuit including at least one sensory unit, a power supply source, and an activator; and means for energizing said sensory unit in response to activation of said activator by a force substantially parallel to the central axis of said ring, wherein said ring and housing are made from a latex rubber material.

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US 5,531,790 - Device for extending living tissue

Abstract
A method and apparatus for extending living tissue. The apparatus being surgically implanted in the human body, and in particular beneath the scalp to extend hair producing tissue for reducing baldness. The apparatus includes at least one resilient means with at least two fastening means secured thereto. The fastening means are engageable with the living tissue and extend the tissue under the action of the resilient means. The apparatus is implantable, through a temporary opening, below the surface of the tissue to be extended, and extends the living tissue over a period of time, wherein the apparatus is later removed.

Claim 1
A device for extending living tissue having a deep fibrous layer, the device surgically implantable under the living tissue, the device comprising at least one resilient means and at least two fastening means, each fastening means coupled to a respective end of the resilient means, whose outside dimensions, in its active position, are such that a portion of its perimeter corresponds substantially to and is supported with edges of an area of tissue to be treated, wherein said resilient means is constituted by an envelope made up of two hollow cylindrical pieces that are open at least one end that slide one in the other, a compressible spring system being placed therein and tending to move said pieces apart to a position of maximum separation limited by an abutment system, the fastening means being fixable to the rigid fibrous layer near the edges of the tissue, which ends of the resilient means are opposite to each other in the direction of active resilience of said resilient means.

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US 5,535,702 - Aquarium sea current generator

Abstract
A sea current generator aquarium including an air-tight water chamber located at one end of the aquarium with an opening into the aquarium extending across the bottom of the chamber. A constant flow air pump connected to the top of the water chamber for pumping air therein and expelling water therefrom out of said opening into the aquarium and an air valve positioned in an duct connecting the top of the water chamber to atmosphere in an actuating means for cycling the air valve from an opened to a closed position whereby in its opened position, the air valve and duct exceed the capacity of the pump and allow the elevated water column in the aquarium to move back into the water chamber through said opening until the water level is stabilized and thereby creating a back and forth current of water within the bottom regions of the aquarium.

Claim 1
An aquarium having two side walls, a bottom and two end walls, a sea current generator comprising: an airtight water chamber located in one end of the aquarium including a top, the water chamber including an opening into the aquarium extending across the bottom from one side to the other, the water chamber otherwise being enclosed and including a constant flow air pump means connected to the top of the water chamber for pumping air into said chamber and expelling water therefrom to elevate the water column in the aquarium and air valve means in a duct connecting the water chamber to atmosphere and actuating means for cycling the air valve from an open to a closed position whereby in its open position the air valve and duct exceed the capacity of the constant flow air pump and allows the elevated water column in the aquarium to move back into the water chamber through the said opening until the water levels stabilize, thereby creating a back-and-forth current of water within the bottom regions of the aquarium.

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US 5,536,196 - Drinking vessel with sound effects

Abstract
A drinking vessel, preferably a beer mug, includes a sound-generating circuit in the base of the mug which produces a "burping" sound effect. An actuation switch is located in the base which is responsive to the proximity between the bottom of the mug and a support surface upon which it rests. The sound-generating circuit is housed in a bottom portion of the mug which is releasably affixed to the fluid-containing top portion by interlocking lugs and slots. The "burping" sound effect is played only when the vessel is put down on a support surface.

Claim 1
A drinking vessel, to be lifted from and replaced onto a supporting surface, comprising: a vessel with a top portion having an open mouth for receiving and dispensing fluid; a base at the bottom of said vessel housing a sound-generating circuit; proximity switch means having "off" and "on" states electrically connected to a power source to energize said circuit for producing a sound when in the "on" state; timing means within said circuit for discontinuing the operation of said sound-generating means after a maximum time limit; means within said circuit to reset said timing means once said circuit is de-energized by said switch means; and said switch means being biased in the "off" state and held in the "on" state by the proximity of said base with said support surface, wherein the sound-generating means produces a sound only when said vessel is placed on said surface.

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US 5,556,029 - Method of hydrometeor dissipation

Abstract
A method of dissipating hydrometeors (clouds) that includes transmitting electromagnetic radiation (e.g., light energy, from the sun, for example) that is absorbed by water vapor into the cloud to be dissipated and continuing the transmission of such energy into the cloud until it dissipates. The source of electromagnetic radiation can be a large mirror located on the surface of the earth, that reflects sunlight into the cloud to be dissipated. In a still more specific embodiment of the invention, the wind speed, direction, cloud altitude and sun movement relative to the earth is tracked to determine the mirror orientation and tracking necessary to disperse a particular cloud or clouds. In addition, an array of earth-mounted mirrors could be utilized in a coordinated fashion to dissipate a group or larger volume of clouds.

Claim 1
A method of dissipating a hydrometeor comprising: directing from the surface of the earth reflected sunlight that is absorbed by water into the hydrometeor to be dispersed for a sufficient duration of time and in an amount to impart sufficient energy to the water of the hydrometeor to dissipate at least a portion of the hydrometeor.

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US 5,571,247 - Self containing enclosure for protection from killer bees

Abstract
A self containing enclosure for protection from killer bees comprising an enclosure formed of a flexible transparent plastic material selected from the class of plastic materials. The enclosure is positionable about a vertically extending axis and has an oval cross sectional configuration. A circular aperture is formed in the upper half of the enclosure. A mesh is positioned in the aperture for allowing a user inside the enclosure to see therethrough and to breath therethrough. An opening is formed in the enclosure along a vertical extent thereof. The opening is provided with pile type fasteners adjacent to the opposite edges for overlapping and coupling therewith allowing a user to enter and exit.

Claim 1
A new and improved self containing enclosure for protection from killer bees comprising, in combination: an enclosure with a generally cylindrical configuration comprising a sheet formed of a flexible transparent plastic material selected from the class of materials including polyethylene and nylon, the sheet having a pair of V-shaped cutouts formed on an upper edge and a pair of V-shaped cutouts formed on a lower edge, each V-shaped cutout having a pair of opposing edges sealed together, the upper edge thereof sealed to form a closed top, the lower edge thereof sealed to form a closed bottom, the enclosure having an intermediate cross-sectional circumference larger than an upper and a lower cross-sectional circumference; a circular aperture formed adjacent the upper edge of the enclosure; a mesh positioned in the aperture for allowing a user inside the enclosure to see therethrough and to breath therethrough; an opening formed in the enclosure along a vertical extent thereof with opposite edges, the opening being provided with pile type fasteners adjacent to the opposite edges for overlapping, each pile type fastener situated on an outer surface of the enclosure allowing a user to seal the enclosure from within; and a pouch formed with a main extent for the receipt of the enclosure therein when not in use, the pouch having a flap with a releasable fastener on the main extent and the flap for the coupling thereof. Description BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to self containing enclosure for protection from killer bees and more particularly pertains to protecting a person from an oncoming swarm of bees through a self contained enclosure with an opening for entry and egress and a screen for ventilation and viewing.

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US 5,606,804 - Microwave clothes dryer and method with hazard detection

Abstract
Microwave clothes dryer and method in which an impending fire and/or explosion is detected by monitoring gases from the drying chamber with a solid state gas sensor to detect the presence of a gas associated with fire or an explosion. In the disclosed embodiments, the gases to be detected include ethane, propane, butane, toluene, hydrogen sulfide, alcohol, and combinations thereof.

Claim 1
In a microwave clothes dryer: a chamber for holding clothes to be dried, means for introducing microwave energy into the chamber to evaporate moisture in the clothes, a plurality of gas sensors each adapted to detect the presence of a different gas selected from the group consisting of ethane, propane, butane, toluene, hydrogen sulfide, alcohol, and combinations thereof in the chamber, and means responsive to the gas sensors for delivering an alarm signal in the event that one of the gases in the group is detected.

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US 5,620,429 - Feminine napkin allows external sexual intercourse

Abstract
A feminine napkin that allows that permits external sexual intercourse. A round bag is attached to the front side of the napkin. The bag is in the size and shape of the vagina to give the husband the same sexual feelings. The round bag has an opening and rings, windings and protrusions, as well as a suitable cream. This bag has also a downward extension for fixing the napkin on the vagina opening when the woman lies on her back. The fixing extension is placed between the rumps and may be coated by an adhesive material. The round bag can be taken off the napkin and disposed while continuing to use the napkin.

Claim 1
An apparatus for simulating sexual intercourse which comprises in combination: a feminine napkin having a first side for being positioned facing and adjacent to a woman's vagina, and a second side; a vagina simulating outer bag means being attached to the second side of the napkin, the vagina simulating outer bag means comprising at least one open end for insertion of a penis therein when the napkin is in use, the vagina simulating outer bag means simulating a vagina; and means for securing the napkin to the woman adjacent to the vagina during use of the napkin and the vagina simulating outer bag means.

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US 5,636,387 - Protective undergarment

Abstract
A penetration resistant undergarment in the form of pants for preventing sexual assault upon a wearer. The pants have a front portion and a back portion secured together so as to define a narrowed waist and a pair of laterally-spaced legs remote therefrom. An elongated opening extending between the laterally-spaced legs to a point in the front portion proximate the narrowed waist is selectively closed by a protective flap secured to the back portion of the pants. The protective flap has a tubular sleeve at is free end through which a waist belt may be drawn. A locking mechanism secured to the pants locks the waist belt snugly against the narrowed waist.

Claim 1
A protective undergarment, comprising: pants having a front portion and a back portion secured together so as to define a narrowed waist and a pair of laterally-spaced legs remote therefrom, said pants having an opening extending between said laterally-spaced legs to a point in said front portion proximate said narrowed waist; a protective flap secured to said back portion of said pants and adapted to close said opening, said protective flap having a first tubular sleeve at its free end, said protective flap further including: a crotch panel positioned between said laterally spaced legs; a front panel having said first tubular sleeve; and, a zipper for selectively securing said crotch panel to said front panel; a waist belt having one end secured to said pants adjacent said narrowed waist and a free end adapted to be drawn through said tubular sleeve when said protective flap is in a closed position; a first locking mechanism secured to said pants for locking said waist belt snugly against said narrowed waist; and, a second locking mechanism secured to said pants for maintaining said zipper in a closed orientation.

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US 5,653,404 - Disc-shaped submersible aircraft

Abstract
An aircraft of disc-shaped configuration provides the capability of vertical take-off and landing; straight horizontal flight; and three-dimensional maneuverability in the air by means of a plurality of counter-rotating lifting rotors assembled of fixed pitch or of self-adjusting pitch aerofoil blade elements; and, submersibility of the aircraft in water is achieved by means of a marine propulsion module using two counter-rotating hydrofoil rotors for up or down thrust, and a tunneled conventional marine propeller for horizontal travel. The marine propulsion module is detachable for emergency and for use with the main frame aircraft of a variety of other detachable modules for different tasks and missions. Exceptionally adaptable for any existing power plant, including nuclear, it is best suited for the environment-friendly types, like integrated steam motor on hydrogen and oxygen burning. The simplicity of the design and its mechanical efficiency are combined with several novel safety features, while displaying an attractive technological continuity for any conventional aircraft manufacturer. The downstream of air from the lifting rotors utilized for maneuvering by a system of vanes positioned below the rotors.

Claim 1
A submersible aircraft having a three-dimensional freedom of movement in the air and in the water and comprising: a. a frame; b. a first rotating lifting rotor; c. a second rotating lifting rotor; d. said first rotor and said second rotor rotate in opposite directions; e. a prime mover operatively connecting with said frame; f. a first means operatively connecting together said prime mover and said first rotor for rotating said first rotor; g. a second means operatively connecting together said prime mover and said second rotor for rotating said second rotor; h. a control means for controlling the speed of rotation of said first rotor and said second rotor; i. said first rotating lifting rotor having an inner diameter; j. said second rotating lifting rotor having an outer diameter; and k. said outer diameter being smaller than said inner diameter so as to allow said second rotating lifting rotor to be positioned inside of said first rotating lifting rotor.

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US 5,675,318 - Graffiti prevention apparatus

Abstract
A system of components for preventing the application of graffiti to property includes one or more sensors and a signal transmitter at or near the surface to be defaced, and signal receiving means for actuating a mechanism in the spray apparatus or at the surface to be protected which will enable prevention of the surface targeted for defacement. One embodiment of the invention includes a signal receiver in the spray canister which actuates an electromagnet to move a plug in the marking material delivery tube to a flow blocking position. A second embodiment of the invention includes a signal receiver in the spray canister coupled to a rotatable magnet for rotating the upper end of the delivery tube away from the spray nozzle thereby breaking the path through which the marking material travels from the spray apparatus to the target surface. A third embodiment of the invention provides for the creation of an electromagnetic field at the targeted surface, and the mixing of the marking material (either by the "paint" manufacturer or afterwards) with a magnetic material so that when sprayed at the surface, the marking material is repelled.

Claim 1
A graffiti thwarting system, comprising: proximity detectors adapted to be mounted adjacent a surface to be defaced, transmitter means, supported adjacent said surface, for emitting signals, and means, responsive to said transmitter means signals, for preventing marking material released from a pressurized spray canister from reaching said surface.

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US 5,709,048 - Natural savory and umami flavoring materials from dehydrated mushroom

Abstract
The present invention relates to the production of three (3) distinct savory flavor types of dehydrated mushrooms: (1) a light-colored material with strong mushroom flavor, (2) a tan-colored material with a meaty, buttery and savory flavor and (3) a dark-colored material with a beefy, meaty, chocolate flavor. All three products exhibit "umami" or monosodium glutamate (MSG)-like mouthfeel and flavor synergy. The mushrooms are produced using specialized nutrient additives, controlled growing conditions and specialized dehydration protocols.

Claim 1
A nutrient supplement for growing mushrooms with an enhanced lipid content, said nutrient supplement comprising: a particulate, non-nutritive, hydrophobic matrix having a particle size of between 20 and 80 standard mesh, said particle selected from the group consisting of vermiculite, perlite, microcrystalline cellulose, and diatomaceous earth; a polyunsaturated fat; and a food grade surfactant, wherein said surfactant comprises between I% and 3% by weight of said polyunsaturated fat, said polyunsaturated comprising between 30% and 45% by weight of said hydrophobic matrix.

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US 5,719,655 - System for magnetically attaching templeless eyewear to a person

Abstract
In one aspect of the invention a templeless system of eyewear is provided for securing the eyewear to the head of a person. The eyewear has a lens assembly with a first coupling element secured to the lens assembly. A second coupling element is secured to the head of a person. The lens assembly is attached to the head of the person by attaching the first and second coupling elements. In another aspect of the invention, the first coupling element is a magnet and the second coupling element is a magnetically attractable member. The magnet attracts the magnetically attractable member, thus securing the lens assembly to the person's head. In yet another aspect of the invention, the first coupling element is a magnetically attractable member and the second coupling element is a magnet. In another aspect of the invention, a device is provided for magnetically coupling sportswear, such as eyewear, to a person. The device has an adhesive backing material for attaching the device to the person, with a flexible covering on top of the adhesive backing material. Sandwiched between the backing material and the flexible covering is a magnet. After the device is coupled to the person, the magnet in the device can thereafter be used to magnetically couple a piece of sports equipment to the person.

Claim 1
A templeless frame system for eyewear, comprising: an eyeglass frame having a nose bridge and left and right rim sections extending from the nose bridge and curving so as to wrap around to at least the temple region of a wearer ;and means for magnetically coupling the frame to means attached to the head of the wearer.

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US 5,729,835 - Panty liner for use with thong underwear

Abstract
A panty liner for use with thong underwear including a pliable body portion having a generally oblong configuration. The body portion includes a first end portion of a predetermined width and a second end portion of a predetermined width. The width of the first end portion is greater than the width of the second end portion. The body portion includes a tapered intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion. The body portion is positionable within a pair of thong underwear.

Claim 1
A panty liner for use with thong underwear for providing protection for a person wearing thong underwear comprising, in combination: a pair of thong underwear having a tapered crotch region, the tapered crotch region including a wider frontal portion and a narrower posterior portion; and a pliable body portion having a generally oblong configuration, the body portion including a front end portion of a predetermined width and a rear end portion of a predetermined width, the width of the front end portion being greater than the width of the rear end portion, the body portion including a tapered intermediate portion disposed between the front end portion and the rear end portion, the body portion including an upper first layer fabricated of a cotton panel, a second layer fabricated of a cotton weave, a third layer fabricated of an absorbent material, a fourth layer fabricated of a cotton weave, a fifth layer fabricated of a plastic material and a lower sixth layer fabricated of a cotton panel, an outer surface of the lower sixth layer having an adhesive strip disposed thereon, the adhesive strip having a protective backing removably coupled thereto, the body portion positionable within the tapered crotch region of the pair of thong underwear. Description BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a panty liner for use with thong underwear and more particularly pertains to providing protection for a person wearing thong underwear with a panty liner for use with thong underwear.

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US 5,787,895 - Kissing shield and method of use thereof

Abstract
A kissing shield comprised of a thin, flexible membrane and a frame or holder. The membrane is closed on three sides, a fourth side remaining open so that the membrane can be stretched over the frame or holder. The frame or holder consists of a supporting member and an elongated handle. The supporting member adapts over the bottom part of the user's face and has sufficient dimension to cover the lips and most of the cheeks and extends from under the nose to the bottom of the chin. The elongated handle extends laterally from the supporting member and is sized to be held in the hand of the user such that the hand is spaced apart from the supporting member and membrane. In use, the membrane is placed over the frame or holder. Using the handle portion of the frame or holder, the user places the kissing shield under his nose, so that it covers his lips, cheeks and chin. The user then positions the kissing shield between his lips and the lips or cheek of the individual he plans to kiss and kisses the intended recipient of his affection.

Claim 1
A method for preventing the exchange of microorganisms between a first and a second person who are engaged in the act of kissing, comprising the steps of: providing a frame so dimensioned as to outline the mouth of at least one of the first person and the second person wherein the frame has a substantially thin and flexible membrane carried by the frame, wherein the membrane is substantially impervious to microorganisms, and wherein the frame includes a handle extending from the frame, with the handle being adapted so that at least one of the first person and the second person is capable of gripping the handle in order to support the frame and membrane supported thereon; and placing the frame so as to outline the mouth of at least one of the first person and second person prior to engaging in the act of kissing, wherein the membrane prevents the exchange of microorganisms between the first person and the second person while engaged in the act of kissing.

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US 5,813,369 - Device for taking care of a dog's dung

Abstract
A device, for taking care of a dog's dung simply and smartly while the dog is walked, includes a harness which can be mounted easily removably on a dog by being pushed from the dog's back onto the dog's waist or hips. A dung bag is fitted to the harness in such a manner that the bag faces the dog's anus. Therefore, the device is simple to mount on a dog and the dung is easily received by the bag.

Claim 1
A device for taking care of a dog's dung comprising: a harness which can be mounted easily removably on a dog by being pushed from the dog's back onto the dog's waist or hips, the harness which can be mounted to a dog's waist or hips including a hold member, the hold member being shaped like an inverse U opening downward, the hold member being adapted to be mounted on a dog's waist or hips from the dog's back, the hold member having a predetermined clamping force for clamping with a predetermined elasticity, the hold member being fitted with a connector to a dog's collar, so that the harness is not dislocated; and a dung bag fitted to the harness in such a manner that the bag faces the dog's anus.

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US 5,823,386 - Reward candy dispenser for personal computers

Abstract
A personal computer peripheral, battery powered reward candy dispenser which immediately presents students with a single candy for each problem completed correctly while using educational application software. The reward candy dispenser compromises: a transparent plastic upper supply compartment with a transparent plastic threaded cap and a transparent plastic lower component compartment base stand; a suction-cup, monitor screen attachable photo-sensor device for detecting a designated personal computer generated light intensity actuation signal; a central controller for receiving, confirming, and converting the actuation signal into a dispense motor activation command; a motor and a transparent plastic gear device for rotating a gravity-fed, multiple-chambered, transparent plastic dispense drum under a transparent plastic chute ceiling and above a transparent plastic chute for controlled dispense; integral dispense drum agitator rods for agitating stored candies and preventing the formation of bridging cavities; a pivoting, drop contact displacement device for detecting the dispense of a single candy and signaling central controller to terminate power to the motor; and a transparent plastic dispense port for the reception of the reward candies.

Claim 1
A personal computer peripheral, battery powered reward candy dispenser for use with educational application software compromising: a) a transparent plastic upper supply compartment with a transparent threaded plastic cap for storing a plurality of the same size candies, b) a transparent plastic lower compartment base stand for housing the dispenser components, c) a suction-cup, monitor screen attachable photo-sensor device for detecting a designated personal computer generated light intensity actuation signal, d) a central controller for receiving, confirming, and converting said actuation signal into a dispense motor activation command, e) a motor and transparent plastic gear means for rotating a transparent plastic, gravity-fed, multiple-chambered dispense drum under a transparent plastic chute ceiling and above a transparent plastic drop chute for controlled dispense, f) integral agitator rods on said dispense drum for agitating stored said candies and preventing the formation of bridging cavities in said supply compartment above said chambered dispense drum, g) a pivoting, drop contact displacement device for detecting the dispense of one said candy and signaling said central controller to stop power to said motor limiting said controlled dispense to one said candy per said actuation signal, h) a transparent plastic dispense port for reception of a plurality of dispensed said candies, i) a main power switch and a light emitting diode to display that said power switch is on, whereby said candy reward dispenser will entertain and intrigue students with visible dispense processes, and whereby said candy reward dispenser will present students with a single said candy for each problem answered correctly thereby rewarding the students and motivating continued utilization and increased effectiveness of said educational application software. Description BACKGROUND 1. Field of Invention This invention relates to a personal computer peripheral, battery powered reward candy dispensing device utilized for entertaining and motivating students to use educationally oriented application software, specifically by immediately presenting students with a single candy for each problem answered correctly.

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US 5,823,496 - Outdoor beverage holder assembly

Abstract
A beverage holder which comprises an elongated member having a pointed, ground penetrating tip, a container carrier dimensioned to receive a beverage container such as an aluminum can containing soda, beer, or the like, and a pivotal coupling assembly for coupling the container carrier to the elongated member, the carrier being selectively angularly positionable into an upright orientation relative to the elongated member regardless of the angular position of the latter relative to the ground. Illustratively, the elongated member may be configured with an axial bore dimensioned and arranged to receive and support the butt-end or handle portion of a fishing pole, the thus configured beverage holding assembly functioning also as a fishing pole holder.

Claim 1
A beverage holder assembly, comprising: an elongated member having a pointed, ground engaging tip at a first end thereof; a support structure for holding a beverage container, said support structure including an arcuate container-engaging member pivotally interconnected to said elongated member; and coupling means for pivotably interconnecting said support structure to said elongated member, said coupling means being configured to maintain the support structure in a desired angular position relative to the elongated member despite sudden jarring movements thereof but allowing said user to retain a beverage container received therein in a substantially upright orientation relative to an underlying support surface.

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US 5,830,035 - Toe puppet

Abstract
A puppet is adapted to be mounted on a single human digit for providing animated motion of a figurine responsive to movement of the single human digit. The puppet comprises a hollow, elastic cap having an interior wall defining a cavity into which the single human digit is snugly received. The cap includes a resilient neck portion for supporting the figurine at a distance spaced from the single human digit such that movement of the single human digit causes the neck portion and the figurine to oscillate to and fro under the influence of the weight of the figurine.

Claim 1
A puppet adapted to be mounted on a human digit for providing animated motion of a figurine responsive to movement of the human digit, the puppet comprising: a hollow, elastic cap having an interior wall defining an axially-extending cavity for snugly receiving said human digit; and a resilient neck having a proximal end connected to said cap and a distal end secured to said figurine, said neck extending along an axis transverse to the cavity axis wherein the neck is tapered so as to decrease in transverse dimension in a direction from said proximal end toward said distal end, and wherein said figurine is mounted to the distal end of said neck and is spaced from said cap, said neck and said figurine being oscillatable to and fro in response to movement of said human digit.

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US 5,860,251 - Rapidly deployable fire-protection apparatus

Abstract
Fire-resistant flexible dome (2) apparatus for covering and protecting buildings (6), goods, livestock, persons and other objects from a fire, especially a rapidly moving conflagration known as a "fire storm." In its preferred form, the apparatus comprises a dome-like structure (2) made of fire-retardant fabric, supported with air or gas pressure within integral tubes (40) radially disposed about the central axis, or between one or more layers of said fire resistant fabric. Said apparatus is rapidly deployed from its container (4), preferably located on the roof of the building (6) to be protected. Its ground-contacting periphery (13) is manually secured to the ground. In one embodiment, a liquid-filled circumferencial reservoir (24) integral with said ground-contacting periphery is provided to add an improved ground seal and added anchoring to ground to help maintain structural integrity. Air or gas pressure may be provided by several means including compressed gas, mechanical air movement or chemical devolution. The arcuate surface of the structure (2) permits laminar flow of air over the surface to aid in minimizing the effect of super-heated air, flame and burning debris upon the structure (6).

Claim 1
A device for protecting structures from fires comprising: a. a dome-shaped fire-resistant fabric structure having an apex, one outer hemispherical surface, at least one inner surface and at least one ground-contacting peripheral edge, b. means for supporting said fabric structure in a substantially stable shape in windy conditions, c. means for storing said fabric structure in a rolled-up configuration around its apex for rapid deployment, d. fluid pressure-driven means for rapidly deploying said fabric structure, and e. means for rapidly securing said ground-contacting edge to said ground; wherein said fire resistant fabric structure comprises a multiplicity of layers of fabric separated by air spaces.

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US 5,885,614 - Use of odorants to treat male impotence, and article of manufacture therefor

Abstract
A method is provided for inducing or enhancing penile erection through the delivery of odorants for inhalation. The administration of odorants provides an increase in blood flow to the penis, and a therapeutic aid to stimulate sexual activity and alleviate male vasculogenic impotence.

Claim 1
A method of increasing penile blood flow in a male individual, comprising: administering to the male by inhalation of an odorant in an amount effective to increase penile blood flow; the odorant selected from the group consisting of orange, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie a mixture of doughnut and black licorice, a mixture of pumpkin pie and doughnut lily of the valley, black licorice, a mixture of doughnut and cola, a mixture of black licorice and cola, a mixture of lavender and doughnut, chocolate, strawberry, rose, green, apple, parsley, peppermint, musk lavender, vanilla, cranberry, pink grapefruit, floral, baby powder, oriental spice, cinnamon buns, roasting meat, cheese pizza, doughnut, cola, pumpkin pie, and buttered popcorn.

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US 5,890,499 - Ergonomic mascara shield

Abstract
The present invention is an ergonomic mascara shield specifically designed to provide a barrier or protective shield over the upper and lower eyelid areas of a user's face to prevent smearing during the application of mascara. The device is comprised of an ergonomically designed eye portion being both angled and concave relative to an ergonomic handle portion integrally attached to the eye portion. The eye portion is adapted to fit even the deepest set eyes through its curvature and relative angle to the handle. The handle is designed to curve around the cheekbone and brow ridge thereby allowing the eye portion to rest comfortably and perfectly where desired in the eye socket. The handle likewise provides a contoured surface area to facilitate griping and positioning of the mascara shield in a preferred position against the lower or upper eyelids.

Claim 1
An ergonomic makeup shield for establishing a barrier over the upper and lower eyelid areas of a user's face to prevent smearing during the application of mascara, said shield being constructed of a unitary body of a durable and impact-resistant material and comprising: a generally elongate handle portion defined by a top end, a bottom end, a front face and a rear face separated from said front face according to a first selected thickness, said front face including a first inwardly contoured divot at a first selected longitudinal location from said bottom end and a second inwardly contoured divot at a second selected longitudinal location from said bottom end and which is spaced from said first longitudinal location of said first divot said rear face including a concave section at a further selected longitudinal location from said bottom end relative to said selected longitudinal locations of said first and second inwardly contoured divots, said first and second divots and said concave section forming in combination a generally undulating configuration of said handle when viewed in cross section; and a concave shaped eye portion integrally secured to said top end of said handle portion along a common boundary, said eye portion being according to a second selected thickness lesser than said thickness of said handle portion, said concave shaped eye portion terminating in an arcuately shaped edge portion capable of being placed contiguous with the upper and lower eyelids of the user.

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US 5,901,666 - Pet display clothing

Abstract
A vest or belt is integrally formed with tubular, pet receiving passageways which extend around the wearer's body and terminate in pocket-like chambers for feeding and retrieval. Outer wall portions of the passageways are transparent so that a pet moving along the passageways can be seen by a spectator. Graphics or indicia depicting the pet's habitat or a pet story are marked on the vest and extend across portions of the passageways masking delineations or depicting the passageways as burrows.

Claim 1
A pet display vest for a person, having an elongate, enclosed, pet receiving, passageway extending thereacross with at least one closable pet admitting entry, at least part of the passageway being transparent so that, when the vest is worn, a pet moving along the passageway across a wearer's body can be viewed by a spectator.

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US 5,934,226 - Bird diaper

Abstract
A bird diaper for an uncaged pet bird to wear, featuring an enclosed pouch for receiving and containing excrement, and apertures to accommodate both the wings and the tail of the bird. Elastic straps and hook and loop fastener components (e.g., VELCRO) secure the diaper onto the body of the pet bird without restricting movement. The bird diaper is fabricated from spandex (e.g., LYCRA) or another stretchable, lightweight material, allowing absorption of bird excrement to prevent leaks and facilitating easy cleaning using soap and water. The bird diaper can incorporate decorative designs, bright colors and is available in different sizes. The bird diaper also has a leash which is insertable within the hook and loop fasteners. The leash serves to restrain or limit the bird's area of free flight.

Claim 1
A sanitary apparatus for use with a bird comprising: a front section of fabric including a top surface and a bottom surface; a back section of fabric connected to said front section of fabric, said back section of fabric including a bottom surface and a top surface having a top edge, said bottom surface of said back section of fabric containing means defining an aperture therethrough, said aperture being sized for receiving the tailfeathers of the bird, said top surface of said back section of fabric being longitudinally split from said top edge of said top surface to said aperture to form a first tab and a second tab; fastening means for fastening said first tab to said second tab; a pouch formed from the interconnection of said front section of fabric and said back section of fabric, said pouch being suited for receiving fecal matter therein; and a pair of connectors, each of said connectors includes two ends, wherein one end of each of said connectors is connected to the top surface of said front section of fabric and the other ends of said connectors are connected to the top surface of said back section defining a first orifice, a second orifice, and a third orifice, said first and second orifice being suited for receiving the wings and legs of the bird and said third orifice being suited for receiving the head of the bird.

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US 5,957,747 - Musical religious doll and singing bible nightlight

Abstract
A doll in the likeness of The Lord Jesus clothed in a white silky robe, with a red silky sash and brown leather-like sandals. A heart shaped locket is attached to the chest of the doll at a point which approximates the location of the doll's heart. The locket includes a central portion which lies inside the doll body and flush with the chest of the doll, and a cover hingedly connected to the central portion where it is exposed. The cover of the locket is optionally padded and covered in the same material as the sash. The body of the doll is made of a soft and pliable material. Opening the locket cover reveals a picture (e.g., the intended user) and on the back of the locket cover is the inscription "Jesus Loves". Additionally, a switch is closed upon the opening of the cover and an audio mechanism located in central portion of the locket plays music such as the song "Jesus Loves Me". The doll in combination with a nightlight provides a similar effect. Upon closing of the locket or activating the a switch in the base of the lamp, the respective switches open and the audio mechanisms shuts off.

Claim 1
A doll nightlight comprising: a nightlight in combination with a doll, said doll having a body portion with a receptacle formed in said body portion; a heart shaped locket having a central portion and a cover hingedly connected to said central portion, said central portion including a lateral flange and an annular groove intermediate said lateral flange and said cover; said heart shaped locket being inserted into said body portion with said lateral flange being inserted into said receptacle with said body portion overlaying said lateral flange and engaging said annular groove; an audio mechanism operably connected to a power source, said audio mechanism being mounted upon said locket; a switch operable upon manipulation of said cover to activate and deactivate said audio mechanism; a base in the form of an open book; said base having a light portion for containing a light bulb; and a stand portion for holding the doll.

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US 5,971,829 - Motorized ice cream cone

Abstract
A novelty amusement eating receptacle for supporting, rotating and sculpting a portion of ice cream or similarly malleable food while it is being consumed comprising: a hand-held housing, a cup rotatably supported by the hand-held housing and adapted to receive and contain a portion of ice cream or food product of similar consistency, and a drive mechanism in the hand-held housing for imparting rotation upon the cup and rotationally feeding its contents against a person's outstretched tongue.

Claim 1
A novelty amusement eating device for supporting, containing, rotating and sculpting a food portion of malleable consistency during consumption comprising: a) a housing adapted to be grasped and supported by a person's hand, said housing being substantially cone-shaped simulating the appearance of a common edible pastry cone; b) a cup rotatable supported by said housing, said cup being adapted to receive and contain a food portion of substantially malleable consistency, said food portion having a periphery or outer surface; and c) a drive mechanism supported by said housing, said drive mechanism including rotating means for imparting a rotary motion upon said cup, said rotary motion providing feeding means for rotationally feeding said periphery of said food portion against a person's outstretched tongue.

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US 6,025,810 - Hyper-light-speed antenna

Abstract
A method to transmit and receive electromagnetic waves which comprises generating opposing magnetic fields having a plane of maximum force running perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the magnetic field; generating a heat source along an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the magnetic field; generating an accelerator parallel to and in close proximity to the heat source, thereby creating an input and output port; and generating a communications signal into the input and output port, thereby sending the signal at a speed faster than light.

Claim 1
A method to transmit and receive electromagnetic waves comprising: generating opposing magnetic fields each having a plane of maximum force running perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the respective magnetic field; generating heat from a heat source along an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the magnetic field; generating an accelerator parallel to and in close proximity to the heat source, thereby creating an electromagnetic injection point; and generating a communication signal into the electromagnetic injection point, thereby sending and receiving the communication signal at a speed faster than a known speed of light.

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US 6,060,700 - Microwave oven with removable storage cassette in dashboard of motor vehicle

Abstract
A microwave oven adapted for use within a motor vehicle dashboard area. The microwave oven has a removable storage cassette, and slidable platforms for securing and serving containers of beverages and foods. A motor vehicle featuring a microwave oven in which food may be heated by a microwave-generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by the vehicle's battery and/or alternator. The space required for the microwave oven is provided by elimination of the major dashboard storage compartment, i.e., the glove compartment. The microwave oven door opens to a horizontal position to provide a securing and serving surface for hot beverages and food. The microwave oven accommodates a removable storage cassette for glove compartment items. The storage cassette must be removed as one condition, and the door of the microwave oven must be closed as a second condition for the magnetron to receive electrical power.

Claim 1
A microwave oven adapted for use within a motor vehicle dashboard area, said oven comprising a cavity wherein foods and beverages are heated by a microwave generating magnetron powered directly or indirectly by power source means, said microwave oven being configured within the dashboard area of said motor vehicle, said cavity accommodating a removable storage cassette, means electrically connected to said power source means and said magnetron for preventing said magnetron from receiving electrical power when the storage cassette is inside said cavity, said microwave oven having a door.

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US 6,145,838 - Luminescent playing cards

Abstract
A set of playing cards is disclosed including a plurality of cards, wherein each card includes distinct indicia printed thereon such that a first image is revealed under lighted conditions and a second image is revealed under non-lighted conditions.

Claim 1
A set of playing cards, comprising: a plurality of cards, wherein each card includes distinct indicia printed thereon, the distinct indicia including a first image viewable under lighted conditions but substantially unseen in the dark and a second image viewable when dark but substantially unseen under lighted conditions, wherein the first image is revealed under lighted conditions and the second image is revealed under non-lighted conditions to offer a playing card with dual images.

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US 6,161,223 - Pants separable at crotch for style mixing

Abstract
A pair of pants that is easily separable at the crotch into right and left leg portions. Each leg portion is selected from a set of various styles to flexibly create a custom mixed or matched style for a given wearing of the pants. A closure system is provided for quick and convenient separation and re-combination of the leg portions while also providing secure use of the pants.

Claim 1
A pair of outerwear pants having front and back sides and a crotch, the pants separable into right and left leg portions by a releasable closure system defining a seam spanning from the front to back sides of the pants through the crotch, the closure system having left and right portions, each left leg portion having the left half of the closure system, and each right leg portion having the right half of the closure system, each leg portion selected from a set of one-piece left and right leg portions having a variety of visual effects, whereby a user can flexibly create a custom style for a given wearing of the pants.

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US 6,244,518 - Snake repellent system

Abstract
A snake repellent system for use in repelling snakes so as to prevent the human user from being bitten. The snake repellent system consists of a receptacle into which is placed a quantity of garlic or onion, the aroma of which is believed to be effective in repelling snakes. The receptacle is provided with a lid having a plurality of openings for facilitating the dispersal of the garlic or onion aroma. The receptacle may be provided with a mincing rack used to mince a clove of garlic, thereby more fully releasing its aroma. The receptacle may also be provided with a means to both limit child access to the repellent substance within the receptacle and prevent removal of the repellent substance from the lid openings. An adjustable band is provided for attaching the receptacle to the arm or leg of the user.

Claim 1
A snake repellent system, for using a repelling means for producing a snake repelling aroma, comprising, in combination: (a) a substantially-rigid receptacle means for receiving and holding the repelling means; and (b) an attachment means, attachable to such receptacle means, for attaching such receptacle means to the user; (c) wherein such receptacle means comprises escape means for permitting the snake repelling aroma to escape from such receptacle means; (d) wherein such receptacle means comprises (i) a base portion having a chamber structured and arranged for receiving the repelling means, and (ii) a lid portion attachable to such base portion; and (e) wherein such base portion and such lid portion each comprise at least one planar portion which is substantially round; and (f) a cap portion rotatably attached to such lid portion; (g) wherein such cap portion comprises (i) at least one cap aperture which, when such cap portion is rotated into an open position, is substantially aligned with such lid aperture, and (ii) at least one cap aperture which, when such cap portion is rotated into a closed position, does not overlap any such lid aperture; and (h) a rotation locking means for preventing unauthorized rotation of such cap portion to such open position.

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US 6,260,903 - Portable automobile partition

Abstract
A portable partition for use in an automobile having a seat with a seat bench and a seat backrest. The partition includes a seat plate that has first and second portions that rest on the seat bench. The partition also includes a partition plate that has a bottom edge connected to the seat plate between the first and second seat-plate portions. When the seat plate is disposed upon the seat bench, the partition plate is disposed substantially orthogonally of the seat bench. The partition plate typically is constructed of a substantially transparent material so that the driver's view is not obstructed by the partition plate. The partition may also have a hinge joining the first and second portions. The hinge permits the seat plate to more closely fit the seat bench, particularly when a child is seated on a cushion or a child seat placed on top of one or both of the portions of the seat plate. The partition plate typically extends vertically so that its top edge is near to the ceiling of the automobile, and its back edge is shaped to conform to the shape of the seat back. Thus, children respectively seated on a cushion or child seat on top of the two portions of the seat plate are separated from each other by the partition. The partition plate may have a seat-belt passage for receiving an automobile seat belt. Fastening the seat belt through the seat-belt passage secures the partition plate to the automobile seat.

Claim 1
A portable partition for use in an automobile having a seat including a seat bench and a seat backrest, comprising: a seat plate having first and second portions structured to rest on the seat bench; a partition plate having a bottom edge connected to the seat plate intermediate the first and second portions; and a hinge joining the first and second portions; wherein, when the seat plate is disposed upon the seat bench, the partition plate is disposed substantially orthogonal to the seat bench.

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US 6,263,710 - Anti-abduction device

Abstract
An anti-abduction device for preventing or discouraging the unlawful abduction of a child or person. The anti-abduction device comprises a pair of bracelets with each bracelet being adapted to fit around the arm of a person. More particularly, the bracelets include an interconnecting structure that enables the bracelets to be interconnected. In use the bracelets are disposed about the arms of a child or person. In an abduction threat the child or person places his or her arms around an object. Because the bracelets assume an interconnected mode after the arms have been extended around the object, it follows that the child or person is effectively tied to the object and this will serve to frustrate the abduction attempt.

Claim 1
A method of preventing and discouraging the abduction of children and other persons comprising: extending the arms of the person around an object and interconnecting the arms so as to effectively tie that person to the object.

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US 6,325,727 - Aquatic golf swing training device and method for enhancing golf swing memory and strength

Abstract
A golf swing training device and a method of its use in an aquatic environment. The device includes a manually grippable handle secured to a shaft that has integrally secured thereto adjacent the handle a hydrodynamically adjustable paddle that may be manually physically altered to provide a variable resistance to a user that grips the handle and wings the golf swing training device through water that compresses the aquatic environment.

Claim 1
A training method for golf swing and muscle memory development in an aquatic environment where an individuals golf swing and associated muscle memory of the swing are simultaneously established, the method comprised of the following steps: (a) immersing an individual to be trained in an aquatic environment such that the water is about shoulder level of the individual; (b) having the individual grip the device as one would grip a golf club, the device being adjustable to vary the resistance to movement of the device through the water when the device is swung at a relatively constant velocity from near shoulder level in the water in an arc that emulates a golf swing, and (c) manually increasing the devices resistance to movement throughout the water during repetitive swings to thereby gradually increase muscle strength in body muscles involved in the swing while simultaneously increasing muscle memory.

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US 6,329,919 - System and method for providing reservations for restroom use

Abstract
The present invention is an apparatus, system, and method for providing reservations for restroom use. In one embodiment, a passenger on an airplane may submit a reservation request to the system for restroom use. The reservation system determines when the request can be accommodated and notifies the passenger when a restroom becomes available. The system improves airline safety by minimizing the time passengers spent standing while an airplane is in flight.

Claim 1
A method of providing reservations for restroom use, comprising: receiving a reservation request from a user; and notifying the user when the restroom is available for his or her use.

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US 6,351,867 - Body squeegee

Abstract
A hand wearable body squeegee comprising a glove portion, a concave squeegee band, and a linear squeegee band. The concave squeegee band is formed to contour along the surface area between the forefinger sleeve and the thumb sleeve of the glove portion. The linear squeegee band is formed along the surface area along the pinky sleeve and body towards the opening of the glove portion. The glove portion is constructed from water absorbent material and the squeegee bands are constructed from rubber. An additional feature is that the sleeves each contain a hole for drainage of water. The hole may be located in the area of the sleeve that covers the nail portion of a human hand, or at the end of the sleeve opposite the connection to the body.

Claim 1
A hand wearable body squeegee comprising: a) a glove portion formed to substantially conform to a human hand, the glove portion comprising a body with an opening for inserting a human hand, a forefinger sleeve, a thumb sleeve, and a pinky sleeve all attached to the body so as to allow insertion of a human hand, b) a substantially concave squeegee band formed to contour substantially along the surface area between the forefinger sleeve and the thumb sleeve of the glove portion, and c) a substantially linear squeegee band formed along the surface area along the pinky sleeve and body towards the opening of the glove portion.

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US 6,497,623 - Amusement device

Abstract
An amusement device, such as a sling-shot machine, for successively propelling and retarding a rider to cause the rider to undergo a vertically oscillatory motion. The amusement device comprises cables (31, 32) one end of each of which is connected to a carrier (19) for supporting one or more riders. A releasable anchoring means is provided for releasably anchoring the carrier (19) at a launch site (17). An elastic structure (71) has opposed ends between which the elastic structure can undergo extension and contraction. One end of the elastic structure (71) is connected to a first support means (57). Each cable (31, 32) passes around a support tower (11) and has a section thereof winding back and forth between first and second guide means (83, 85). The first guide means (83) is connected to the other end of the elastic structure (71) and the second guide means (85) is connected to a second support means (47). The winding section of the cable (31, 32) provides a link between the elastic structure (71) and the second support means (47). A hydraulic ram (67) is provided for tensioning the elastic structure (71) prior to release of the anchoring means whereby energy stored in the loaded elastic structure (71) is transferred to the cables (31, 32) to cause upward propulsion of the carrier (19) on release of the anchoring means.

Claim 1
An amusement ride for lifting a rider from a starting height to a higher elevation, and from said higher elevation pulling the rider to a somewhat lower elevation, and then continuing to move said rider in a repetitive up and down motion, said up and down motion decreasing in amplitude over time, comprising: (a) a rider carrier member; (b) a ground system; (c) a releasable latch for securing said rider carrier member to said ground system an, in response to actuation of said ride, releasing said rider carrier member; (d) a first cable member section having first and second ends, said first cable member section secured at said first end to said rider carrier member; (e) a first elastic member having first and second ends; (f) a mechanical advantage mechanism, said mechanical advantage mechanism having an input point and an output point, the mechanical advantage of said mechanical advantage mechanism being less than one, said input point being coupled to said first end of said first elastic member, and said output point being coupled to said second end of said first cable member section; (g) a first support member, said second end of said first elastic member secured to said first support member; (h) an engine coupled to said first support member and said mechanical advantage mechanism for increasing and decreasing the distance between said first and second ends of said first elastic member.

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US 6,561,905 - Skin-irritating game machine

Abstract
A skin-irritating game machine include a main unit and a plurality of control cables respectively connected to the main unit, each control cable having two metal contact elements adhered to the skin a respective player to form a respective electric loop through which a voltage is outputted from the main unit to the player who loses the game.

Claim 1
A skin-irritating game machine comprising: a main unit, said main unit comprising a control circuit assembly, a plurality of input buttons for signal input into said control circuit to set a predetermined reference value, a plurality of electric sockets respectively connected to said control circuit assembly, said control circuit assembly comprising a battery power supply, an input circuit, an IC chip, and a skin-irritating control circuit; and a plurality of control cables respectively connected to said electric sockets of said main unit, said control cables each comprising a cable, an electric plug disposed at one end of said cable and connected to one electric socket of said main unit, and two metal contact elements connected in parallel to one end of said cable remote from said electric plug and adapted for adhering to the skin of a player; wherein when the player presses one button assigned from the buttons of said main unit after a reference value had been set through the buttons of said main unit, a signal is provided to said IC chip for comparison with the set reference value, and said IC chip drives said skin-irritating control circuit to send an irritating voltage through the metal contact elements of the respective control cable to irritate the skin of the player if the value of the comparison result is beyond a predetermined range of the set reference value.

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US 6,637,447 - Beerbrella

Abstract
The present invention provides a small umbrella ("Beerbrella") which may be removably attached to a beverage container in order to shade the beverage container from the direct rays of the sun. The apparatus comprises a small umbrella approximately five to seven inches in diameter, although other appropriate sizes may be used within the spirit and scope of the present invention. Suitable advertising and/or logos may be applied to the umbrella surface for promotional purposes. The umbrella may be attached to the beverage container by any one of a number of means, including clip, strap, cup, foam insulator, or as a coaster or the like. The umbrella shaft may be provided with a pivot to allow the umbrella to be suitably angled to shield the sun or for aesthetic purposes. In one embodiment, a pivot joint and counterweight may be provided to allow the umbrella to pivot out of the way when the user drinks from the container.

Claim 1
A combined beverage container and shading apparatus, comprising: a beverage container, for containing a beverage; a means for removably attaching the apparatus to the beverage container; a shaft, coupled to the means for removably attaching the apparatus, and extending vertically with respect to the beverage container; an umbrella, coupled to the shaft at a point above the means for removably attaching, so as to shade the beverage container, wherein the means for removably attaching comprises a clip provided to attach to the beverage container by means of spring action and friction.

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US 6,637,829 - Decorative jeweled wheel cover

Abstract
An improved wheel is provided wherein decorative items such as gem stones are embedded in either the wheel surface, a special mounting section attached to the wheel surface, or to a spoke strap that wraps around each spoke and positions embedded gem stones on the outside surface of the spoke. The improvement and related devices are symmetrically attached for positional correspondence of the decorative items among the spokes. Spokes or spoke-like features of wheel covers are similarly improved.

Claim 1
A device for attachment to wheels of the type having at least three spoke sections, the device comprising: at least one decorative item; and a spoke wrap, the spoke wrap comprising: a decor section, the decor section having at least one mounting position for securing each of the at least one decorative items; and a first wrap section and a second wrap section, the first wrap section having an end and the second wrap section having an end, the first and second wrap section ends being joinable such that when the decor section is positioned adjacent one of the spoke sections, the first wrap section and the second wrap section are extendable behind the spoke section for joinder of the first wrap section end to the second wrap section end, and further such that the joinder secures the spoke wrap to the spoke section.

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US 6,647,661 - Method and system for exterminating pests, weeds and pathogens

Abstract
The method and the system are applicable in household activities, healthcare, industry, agriculture, forestry, etc. for exterminating pests, weeds and pathogens. The system performing the method comprises a source of lethal impact which is a microwave generator (1) with a microwave guiding element (2) directed so as to face an antenna (3). The microwave generator (1) is placed by means of three supports (4) in the focus area of the antenna (3). The control input of the microwave generator (1) is connected to the output of a control unit (5) whose power supply input is connected to a power unit (6).

Claim 1
A method for exterminating pests, weeds and pathogens, wherein they are exterminated by a lethal impact characterized in that they are killed in their habitats or locations, a preliminary localization of the habitats or locations is performed by sensor microwave scanning, the presence of the pests, weeds and pathogens is ascertained by the scanning, and then the lethal impact is effected by means of direct guided radiation with high-frequency waves having a frequency ranging from 0.9 to 10 GHz, a radiation capacity 0.5 to 100 KWt and duration 10 s to 3 min.

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US 6,648,363 - Composite sports board such as a skateboard deck

Abstract
A composite material for use as a skateboard deck or other sports board. The composite skateboard deck of the preferred embodiment is comprised of two structural layers bonded to and on either side of a light, flexible core. The structural layers made of a strong, resilient material comprised of a natural fiber-embedded-matrix, this class of materials including grasses such as bamboo, hemp and kanaf. The composite skateboard deck of the present invention is strong, light, durable, resilient, environmentally friendly, and derived from a more renewable resource with no loss of pop or memory.

Claim 1
A composite skateboard deck comprised of: (a) a first structural layer comprised of a grass; (b) a second structural layer comprised of a grass; (c) a relatively light, flexible core interposed between the first and second structural layers: the core comprised of one or more plies; (d) an adhesive for fixedly attaching the first and second structural layers to the flexible core; and (e) mounting means for receiving one or more trucks; whereby the skateboard deck is created that is able to flexibly spring within its maximum operational range and still return to its pre-load, unflexed shape with maximal restoring force.

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US 6,655,077 - Trap for a mouse

Abstract
An improved trap for a mouse of the type having a baseboard, a U-shaped jaw member that is pivotally mounted on the baseboard for pivotal movement from a cocked position to a sprung position, a bait pedal that is attached to the baseboard, and a trigger mechanism that has a longitudinal axis and which is operatively attached to the bait pedal and when the U-shaped jaw member is in the cocked position thereof the trigger mechanism is operatively connected to the U-shaped jaw member. The improvement includes the trigger mechanism allowing the U-shaped jaw member to achieve the sprung position thereof only when the trigger mechanism is rotated about the longitudinal axis thereof.

Claim 1
An improved trap for a mouse of the type having a baseboard, a U-shaped jaw member that is pivotally mounted on the baseboard for pivotal movement from a cocked position to a sprung position, a bait pedal that is attached to the baseboard, and a trigger mechanism that has a longitudinal axis and which is operatively attached to the bait pedal and when the U-shaped jaw member is in the cocked position thereof the trigger mechanism is operatively connected to the U-shaped jaw member, said improvement comprising the trigger mechanism allowing the U-shaped jaw member to achieve the sprung position thereof only when the trigger mechanism is rotated about the longitudinal axis thereof, wherein the improvement further comprises the bait pedal being a plate, wherein the improvement further comprises the plate having an end that is furthest away from the trigger mechanism and which is flexibly affixed to one end of the baseboard, wherein the improvement further comprises the plate having a step that is disposed under the end of the plate so as to create a space between the baseboard and a remaining portion of the plate, wherein the improvement further comprises the trigger mechanism having a tube that is affixed longitudinally at the other end of the baseboard, wherein the improvement further comprises the trigger mechanism having a rod that extends longitudinally movably and rotatably through the tube and has a proximal end that is disposed at the other end of the baseboard and a distal end that is operatively connected in the space.

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US 6,681,419 - Forehead support apparatus

Abstract
A forehead support apparatus for resting a standing users forehead against a wall above a bathroom commode or urinal or beneath a showerhead. The apparatus includes a mounting member adapted for attachment to an upright bathroom wall either above the commode or urinal or below the showerhead. A compressible head support member is attached to and extends from the wall and said mounting member. The head support defines an elastically deformable or resilient forehead support surface which is spaced above the floor and from the wall a distance sufficient for the user to lean his forehead thereagainst and be supported while using the commode or urinal.

Claim 1
A forehead support for resting a standing user's forehead above a wall mounted urinal comprising: a mounting member adapted for substantially permanent attachment to an upright bathroom wall above the urinal; a forehead support member attached to and extending from said mounting member; said forehead support defining an elastically deformable or resilient forehead support surface which is spaced from the wall a distance sufficient for the user to lean his forehead thereagainst and be supported while using the commode or urinal.

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US 6,742,293 - Advertising system

Abstract
An advertising method utilizes a person's body, such as the skin of the person's upper back and shoulder region, which is ideally exposed, broad and planar. The advertisement may be displayed during a sporting/entertainment event which is broadcast to a large audience through visual media such as television. In one embodiment, the event is a boxing match and the advertisement affixed on the boxer's back promotes an on-line wagering service. The advertised service can be employed or accessed during the boxing match or immediately after the advertisement is seen by the consumer. The advertisement is sufficiently large to be legible and comprehensible by the viewing audience. The advertisement may be formed of a suitable dye, ink or paint that can be removed after the match, but which is resistant to smudging from physical contact and/or perspiration.

Claim 1
A method of advertising, said method comprising the steps of: providing a back skin surface area of a person, said back skin surface area extending over and between the shoulder blades of said person; and affixing an advertisement on said back skin surface area, such that said advertisement extends over and between said shoulder blades of said person; subsequently, displaying said advertisement to an audience; and subsequently, removing said advertisement from said back skin surface area of said person.

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US 6,743,460 - Tomato raisin

Abstract
Tomato raisins (dried grape tomatoes) and methods of producing raisin tomatoes are described. The method involves (a) removing the skin from a grape tomato to produce a skinless grape tomato; and (b) drying the skinless grape tomato to produce a tomato raisin. The dried, skinless grape tomato has from 8% to about 16% water content.

Claim 1
A method of producing a tomato raisin, comprising: (a) removing the skin from a grape tomato to produce a skinless grape tomato; and (b) drying said skinless grape tomato to produce a tomato raisin.

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US 6,769,382 - Flush toilet for a dog

Abstract
The flush toilet is suitable for use by dogs of various physical sizes. The toilet has two high side wall portions to collect the urine ejected by a male dog. A restraint frame is provided for retaining the dog on a leash in the toilet. The position of the restraint frame is adjustable to accommodate a dog of any size such that the excrement will drop in or close to the drain opening of the toilet. A grid pattern is formed on the inner surface of the high side wall to facilitate the male dog from urinating, and a baffle wall is provided at the front edge of the high side walls to avoid the urine from a male dog from splashing outside of the toilet.

Claim 1
A flush toilet for dogs having various physical sizes, comprising a generally flat platform adapted for a dog to stand and deposit excrements thereon, two upstanding opposite high side wall portions extending from a middle portion to a rear end of said platform, two low baffle walls formed at a front edge of said high side wall portions and extending perpendicular to said high side wall portions, said baffle walls being adapted to prevent urine ejected by a male dog against said high side wall portions from splashing out of said toilet, a restraint frame adjustably mounted on said side wall portions and adapted for retaining the dog within said toilet, said restraint frame being adjustable to a selected position for accommodating a dog of any physical size to stand within said toilet, a water duct located within an upper edge portion of said side wall portions, a plurality of water openings formed around said edge portion of said side wall portions and operative for injecting flush water delivered from said water duct for flushing and cleaning said platform, a drain opening located at a middle front position of said platform and adapted to dispose excrements flushed from said platform by said flush water.

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US 6,807,736 - Color-coded attachment comb key for hair clipper

Abstract
An apparatus for associating a size of an attachment comb for a hair cutting device with a color on or of the attachment comb representing that particular size. The apparatus includes a chart having a plurality of symbols that pictorially represents both the attachment comb sizes of a plurality of attachment combs, and the colors related to the respective attachment comb sizes. The symbols have a magnitude along one direction that is greater or smaller than other symbols on the chart depending on their respective attachment comb sizes, to produce a visual association between a cutting device size and a cutting device color.

Claim 1
In a hair cutting system having a hair cutting device and a plurality of attachment combs configured to be removably attached to the hair cutting device, each of the plurality of attachment combs having one of a plurality of colors and one of a plurality of sizes relating to an approximate distance between a scalp and cutting blades of the cutting device, so that each of the attachment comb colors relates to an attachment comb size, an apparatus for visually associating each one of the attachment comb colors to each one of the attachment comb sizes, the apparatus comprising: a chart having a plurality of symbols, each of said plurality of symbols pictorially representing both one of the plurality of attachment comb sizes and the attachment comb color associated with each said one of the plurality of attachment comb sizes; wherein each of said plurality of symbols displays said attachment comb color associated with a corresponding one of the plurality of attachment comb sizes, and has a magnitude along at least one dimension that is both greater than a remainder of said plurality of symbols representing smaller attachment comb sizes and smaller than a remainder of said plurality of symbols representing larger attachment comb sizes.

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US 6,834,453 - Head mounted letter "M" display

Abstract
A foam body is made in the form if the letter "M". Side portions of the foam body include confronting, temple engaging, inside surfaces, spaced apart a distance less than the temple--temple width of a person's head. The foam body is constructed from a springable form that stores spring energy when bent and allows the side portions to be sprung apart, and when released to move back towards each other. The side portions of the form body are sprung apart and a person places his/her head between the side portions. Then the side portions are released so that they will spring back towards their static positions and clamp onto the person's head, so as to secure the letter "M" display onto the person's head.

Claim 1
A letter "M" display, mountable on a person's head, comprising: a foam body in the shape of a letter "M" and including a pair of laterally spaced apart side portions and an interconnecting portion; said interconnecting portion forming a substantially "V" shaped central upper portion of the letter "M"; said side portions depending from said interconnecting portion and defining a space between them, below the interconnecting portion, and forming the side portions of god the letter "M"; said side portions of the foam body including confronting, temple engaging, inside surfaces, spaced apart a distances less than a temple-temple width of a person's head; said foam body being constructed from a springable foam that stores spring energy when bent and allows the side portions to be sprung apart, and when released move back towards each other, whereby the side portions of the foam body are adapted to be sprung apart so as to enable a person to place his/her head between the side portions, and the side portions can be released so that they will spring back towards their static positions and clamp onto the person's head, so as to secure the letter "M" display onto the person's head.

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US 6,970,105 - Passenger control system during a plane flying

Abstract
A passenger control system during a plane flying is disclosed, which is adapted to keep under checking all the passengers, so as to prevent and in case avoid any action such as hijackments, attempts etc. The system includes a plurality of interactive communicating units (9, 10) adapted to communicate reciprocally, of which each first unit (9) is made by an arm-band or collar (11) supported by each passenger and having an individual code to identify the related passenger, and each second unit (10) is made like a remote unit available by the plane personnel and adapted to store the codes of all the passengers and to recognize them. The system is designed in a manner that the emotional conditions of the passengers are detected and, in case of change of such conditions, the plane personnel is informed so as to intervene promptly on the related passenger.

Claim 1
Passenger control system during a plane flying, adapted to keep passengers under check so as to prevent and in case avoid any action including hijackings, the plane comprising a plane passenger compartment with plane seats (15), wherein the control system includes a plurality of first and second interactive communicating units (9, 10) adapted to communicate reciprocally, each first unit (9) being housed in an arm-band or collar (11) worn by each passenger before going into the plane and each second unit (10) being a remote unit available to plane personnel, each said first unit (9) having an individual code to identify the passenger wearing the arm-band or collar, which is identified by two detecting antennas on the plane, when the passenger goes into the plane and is stored as active code in said second remote unit (10), with all the codes of all the passengers, so as to recognize the passengers, and said second remote unit (10) being set to zero when the flight is ended, so as to make said second remote unit available to store the codes of new passengers of a subsequent flight, said first unit (9) being formed by at least a detector (12) of an emotional condition change, attached to a sensor (12 bis) in contact with the person's skin and sensitive to normal and anomalous emotional conditions, and being also formed by two receiver-transmitter units (13, 14), connected to said detector (12) and said sensor (12 bis), of which the first receiver-transmitter unit (13) is activated by the person's normal emotional conditions and the second receiver-transmitter unit (14) is activated only by the person's anomalous emotional conditions, by releasing an alarm signal with the code of the passenger; said second unit (10) being formed by an electric circuit including control unit (19), display unit (20), exciter unit (23, 28), an electronic switch (25) connected to an antenna (24), a receiver unit (26), a demodulator unit (27) and a keyboard (31) to set related data; said exciter unit (23, 28) being adapted to emit sequentially, through said electronic switch (25) and said antenna (24), a plurality of signals with all the stored codes of all the passengers, which signals are received by the various first and second receiver-transmitter units (13, 14) of said first unit (9), through related antennas (16) placed on the plane seats (11) and associated with the corresponding detectors (12), and wherein receiver-transmitter units (13, 14) when receiving the emitted signals being activated to provide a related response signal and enabled to transmit a response signal to said control unit (19), through said antennas (16, 24), only when the sensor (12 bis) sensing the anomalous emotional condition of the passenger(s) are activated, in a manner that this response signal provides for recognizing the person referred to and his position, and indicating this situation onto said display unit (20).

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US 6,983,493 - Retractable table top for a toilet

Abstract
A device for providing a working surface is positionable adjacent a toilet and includes a table having substantially planar top and bottom surfaces and a plurality of elongated legs having opposed end portions attached thereto and engageable with a ground surface. Such a plurality legs are pivotally connected to the lower surface of the table and are movable between folded and extended positions. The device further includes a support member having a rear end portion that is securable to a wall adjacent a toilet and extends outwardly therefrom. The support member further has a front end portion spaced from the rear end portion and is pivotally connected to the table so that the table can be selectively moved between up and down positions about the front end portion.

Claim 1
A device for providing a working surface while a user is seated on a toilet, said device comprising: a table having substantially planar top and bottom surfaces and a centrally disposed longitudinal axis, said table including a plurality of opposed edge portions equally spaced from the axis and extending substantially parallel thereto, said table further including a plurality of opposed end portions integral with said plurality of edge portions, said table further including a plurality of elongated legs having opposed end portions attached thereto and engageable with a ground surface respectively, said table further having a plurality of elongated support rods secured to said bottom surface and adjacent said plurality of end portions respectively; and a support member positionable on alternate sides of a toilet seat and comprising a rear end portion securable to a wall adjacent a toilet and extending outwardly and forwardly therefrom, and a telescopic front end portion connected to said rear end portion and being extendable along a substantially horizontal plane, said front end portion being removably attachable to one said plurality of support rods so that said table can be selectively moved between up and down positions and pivoted thereabout.

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US 6,988,954 - Weed cutting golf club

Abstract
A weed cutting golf club includes a shaft terminating in a clubhead, the clubhead defining a compartment having a downwardly directed opening. A power source is carried by one of the clubhead and the shaft. A motor is carried within the compartment and coupled to the power source. A drive shaft extends in a downward direction from the motor through the opening and terminates in a hub. Cutting members extend from the hub.

Claim 1
A weed cutting golf club comprising: a shaft terminating in a clubhead, the clubhead defining a compartment having a downwardly directed opening; a power source carried by one of the clubhead and the shaft; a motor carried within the compartment and coupled to the power source; a drive shaft extending in a downward direction from the motor through the opening and terminating in a hub; and cutting members extending from the hub.

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US 7,012,525 - Sanitary security sock system

Abstract
A plurality of socks each has a closed end, an open end and an intermediate extent there between. Each sock has an elastomeric pad. The pads each have an upper face in secure contact to the intermediate extent. The pads each have a lower face with projections in rows and columns integrally formed with the pad for traction purposes. The socks are designated "one size fits all" and are arranged in pairs. A plurality of containers containing pairs of socks of a common size are to be selected by a passenger to be screened for security purposes.

Claim 1
A sanitary security sock system for facilitating the screening of airline passengers in a secure, sanitary and efficient manner comprising, in combination: an entrance station for airline passengers to be screened for security purposes, the entrance station including a plurality of socks, each sock being fabricated of a tubular knit with a closed end and an open end with an intermediate extent there between, the closed end having a line of closure stitching positionable adjacent to a passenger's toes and the open end having an elastic band positionable around a passenger's ankle, each sock having an elastomeric pad fabricated of an elastomer selected from the class of elastomers including plastic and rubber, natural and synthetic, and blends thereof, the pad being of a generally rectangular configuration with a width less than half the intermediate extent and a length less than the length of the tubular knit and positioned closer to the closed end than to the open end, the pads each having an upper face in secure contact by adhesive to the intermediate extent of the tubular knit and a lower face with projections in rows and columns integrally formed with the pad for traction purposes, the socks being designated "one size fits all" and arranged in pairs, the entrance station also having a plurality of containers, with each container containing pairs of socks of a common size to be selected by a passenger to be screened; a metal detection station including opposed vertical plates adapted to detect metal there between and to generate a warning signal to an attendant upon a passenger walking between the plates if metal is on the passenger's person but to not generate a warning signal upon a passenger walking between the plates if no metal is on the passenger's person, the person walking between the plates adapted to remove his/her shoes prior to walking between the plates and to put on a pair of socks selected from a container of an appropriate size; an x-ray detection station including an x-ray camera and a plastic tray movable beneath the x-ray camera, the tray being adapted to receive a passenger's shoes after a passenger has removed his/her shoes and then selected a pair of socks and put them on his/her feet, the tray with the pair of shoes adapted to be fed beneath the x-ray camera for the detection of objects which might be a security risk while the passenger is walking between the plates; and an exit station including a trash basket for each passenger's pair of socks after each passenger has passed through the metal detection station while wearing socks and has had his/her shoes passed beneath the x-ray camera.

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US 7,036,154 - Game bird decoy apparatus

Abstract
The present application provides a game bird decoy apparatus for sportsmen who desire to gain proximity access to wild game birds, the game bird decoy apparatus being a reversible garment having the general shape and image of a wild game bird. One of side of the game bird decoy apparatus appears as the image of one type of game bird, and the other one another type of game bird. A body portion is wearable by the sportsman, and a head portion hoods over the sportsman's head. Feather patterns or solid colors can be on the sides as desired to image various combinations of feathers and colors of wild game birds. A detachable tail portion at a lower portion of the body extends downwardly there from.

Claim 1
A game bird decoy apparatus for providing a sportsman proximity access to game birds, comprising: a garment reversible between a first side forming the illusion of a first game bird when worn by the sportsman and a second side forming the illusion of a second game bird when worn by the sportsman, the garment comprising: a body portion; a head portion that hoods the sportsman's head; arm portions; and a removable tail portion; and wherein the body portion on one side of the garment having a pattern simulating the feathers of the first game bird, the body portion on the opposing side of the garment having a pattern simulating the second game bird, the arm portions on one side of the garment having a pattern simulating the feathers of the first game bird, and the arm portions on the opposing side of the garment having a pattern simulating the second game bird, the tail portion being attachable to the body portion so as to extend downwardly there from, each side of the tail portion having a color complementing one of the patterns of the opposing sides of the body portion. Description BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of Invention The present invention relates to the field of equipment for hunters, nature photographers, naturalists and the like, and more particularly but not by way of limitation, to a portable game bird decoy apparatus.

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US 7,037,243 - Cordless jump rope

Abstract
An exercise apparatus is provided that simulates the effects of jumping rope, but does not utilize an actual rope. Two handles are provided similar in appearance to jump rope handles. At the end of the handle, where the rope would typically be, a donut-shaped enclosure is provided and mounted to the handle along its symmetrical axis. Inside of each donut-shaped enclosure, a weighted ball that rotates around a circular chamber within the enclosure. When rotated, the weighted balls generate rotational torque to simulate the use of a jump rope.

Claim 1
An exerciser apparatus comprising: a pair of jump rope exerciser handles that simulates the effects of jumping rope, each handle forming a linearly elongated grasping member having a first end opposite a second end aligned along a symmetrically balanced central axis; at least one weighted ball; a donut-shaped enclosure mounted to said handle along and perpendicular to said symmetrical axis said enclosure forming a circular outer sidewall annularly separated from a circular inner sidewall such that said outer sidewall and said inner sidewall bound and form smooth inner channel that retain and guide said weighted ball such as to form a circular track perpendicular to and symmetrically about said centerline of said handle; and a flexible stretching member attached at said first end, where said flexible stretching member retained at each end within said chamber by terminated each end with an anchor means and retaining one anchor means within a chamber of each said handle.

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US 7,051,973 - Airborne enhancement device

Abstract
An airborne enhancement device comprises a harness adapted to secure to a body of a user. A collar is coupled to the harness. A wing is coupled to the collar by at least one structural member. The wing is adjustably deployable. The wing is configured to adjust between an extended position and a folded position. A pack is coupled to the collar and is configured to store the wing in the folded position.

Claim 1
An airborne enhancement device comprising: a harness adapted to secure to a body of a user; a collar coupled to said harness; a wing comprising at least one structural member and an airfoil coupled to said structural member, said wing coupled to said collar by said structural member, said wing being adjustably deployable and configured to adjust between an extended position and a folded position; at least one cord configured to interface with said collar for folding and unfolding said wing; and a pack coupled to said collar and configured to store said wing in said folded position.

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US 7,062,320 - Device for the treatment of hiccups

Abstract
A device for the treatment of hiccups, and more specifically, to a method and apparatus for the treatment of hiccups involving galvanic stimulation of the Superficial Phrenetic and Vagus nerves using an electric current.

Claim 1
A device for curing hiccups, comprising: a metallic cup-like vessel being a first electrode for producing electricity adapted to be applied to the lip of the user; and a second electrode electrically insulated from said first electrode being affixed to said vessel and extending from a point substantially within said vessel to a point substantially above a rim of the vessel.

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US 7,078,016 - Delivery of caffeine through an inhalation route

Abstract
The present invention relates to the delivery of caffeine through an inhalation route. Specifically, it relates to aerosols containing caffeine that are used in inhalation therapy. In a composition aspect of the present invention, the aerosol comprises particles comprising at least 5 percent by weight of caffeine. In a method aspect of the present invention, caffeine is delivered to a mammal through an inhalation route. The method comprises: a) heating a composition, wherein the composition comprises at least 5 percent by weight of caffeine, to form a vapor; and, b) allowing the vapor to cool, thereby forming a condensation aerosol comprising particles, which is inhaled by the mammal. In a kit aspect of the present invention, a kit for delivering caffeine through an inhalation route to a mammal is provided which comprises: a) a composition comprising at least 5 percent by weight of caffeine; and, b) a device that forms a caffeine containing aerosol from the composition, for inhalation by the mammal.

Claim 1
A composition for delivery of caffeine, comprising a condensation aerosol, a) formed by volatilizing caffeine under conditions effective to produce a heated vapor of caffeine and condensing the heated vapor of caffeine to form condensation aerosol particles, b) wherein the particles are characterized by less than 5% caffeine degradation products, and c) the aerosol has an MMAD of less than 3 .mu.m.

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US 7,079,026 - Method and apparatus of karaoke storage on a wireless communications device

Abstract
A wireless communications device that alerts a user to a predetermined event includes a transceiver, a speaker, memory, and a controller. First and second pre-recorded audio files are stored in the memory, and may be, for example, pre-recorded music and the user's pre-recorded voice. When the device receives an incoming call, for example, the controller combines the first and second audio files to form a combined audio signal. The controller then plays the combined audio signal through the speaker for the user as a personalized ring tone.

Claim 1
A method of alerting a user of a wireless communications device comprising: generating a signal to combine a first audio file and a second audio file to form a combined audio signal according to synchronization information stored in memory of a wireless communication device; and playing said combined audio signal through a speaker in said wireless communications device responsive to a predetermined event.

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US 7,114,465 - Pet operated ball thrower

Abstract
A pet operated ball thrower including a base, a fulcrum post attached at its lower end to the base, a throw arm pivotally attached to the upper end of the fulcrum post, a ball receiving receptacle attached to the throw arm adjacent its outer end, a treadle pivotally attached at its lower end to the base, and an attachment member pivotally attached at its lower end to the treadle and pivotally attached at its upper end to the throw arm. A pet is trained to jump on the treadle to cause the outer end of the throw arm and attached ball receiving receptacle to be rapidly moved upwardly, thereby tossing the ball from the receptacle into the air for retrieval. The pet is trained to replace the retrieved ball into the receptacle, thereby allowing repeated tossing and retrieving of the ball by the pet.

Claim 1
A pet operated ball thrower comprising: a base; a fulcrum post having lower end and an upper end, said fulcrum post being attached at said lower end thereof to said base; a throw arm having an inner end and an outer end, said throw arm being pivotally attached at an attachment point to said fulcrum post adjacent the upper end of said fulcrum post to thereby form a first throw arm portion extending between said attachment point and the inner end of said throw arm and to form a second throw arm portion extending between said attachment point and the outer end of said throw arm; a ball receiving receptacle attached to said second throw arm portion; a treadle having a lower end and an upper end, said treadle being pivotally attached at said lower end thereof to said base; and an attachment member having a lower end and an upper end, said attachment member being pivotally attached at its lower end to said treadle adjacent said upper end of said treadle, said attachment member being pivotally attached at said upper end thereof to said first throw arm portion and, upon downward movement of said upper end of said treadle, adapted to rapidly pull downwardly said first throw arm portion to thereby cause said second throw arm portion and attached ball receiving receptacle to be moved from a lowered, first positional mode rapidly upwardly to a raised, second positional mode.

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US 7,118,242 - Religious lamp with fluid flow

Abstract
A religious lamp has a base with a cross extending upwardly. A body of Jesus is crucified upon the cross, the head of Jesus tilting upwardly whenever the lamp is energized and tilts downwardly whenever the lamp is deenergized. A solenoid controls up and down tilting of the head of Jesus. A fluid flow system circulates simulated blood out through the body of Jesus. The fluid flow system is either a closed loop tube through which the simulated blood passes or is an open drip wire system wherein a pump pumps the simulated blood to the top of the drip wires and the simulated blood drips down the wires and is collected in a reservoir to be recirculated.

Claim 1
A lamp comprising: a base; a cross extending upwardly from the base; a representation of a body of a human crucified upon the cross; a light bulb attached to the cross, the light bulb adapted to be electrically connected to a source of electrical power for energizing the light bulb; and a fluid flow system that circulates a fluid therethrough and causes the fluid to pass out through a point of the body of the human wherein the fluid flow system comprises a closed loop tube that passes through the point of the body of the human and a pump that pumps the fluid through the tube, the pump adapted to be connected to the source of electrical power.

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US 7,122,000 - Method of using a water pipe

Abstract
A water pipe providing sexual stimulation includes a tube with an exit port at its upper end, an reservoir port at its lower end, and an inlet port. The inlet port is spaced from the lower end whereby the inlet port remains exposed when the lower end is inserted into a vagina. The lower end cooperates with the wall of the vagina to form a water reservoir holding water in the lower end and the vagina. A stem is received into the inlet port with an end opening submerged in the water reservoir. Suction applied at the exit port draws air through the stem to bubble through the water reservoir to generate stimulatory vibrations transmitted to the vagina. Optionally, a bowl holding combustible material communicates with the stem such that smoke bubbles through the water reservoir to simultaneously filter and cool the smoke and generate stimulatory vibrations.

Claim 1
A method of using a water pipe for providing female sexual stimulation, comprising: providing an elongate tube, the tube having an open exit port at its upper end, an open reservoir port at its lower end, and an open inlet port spaced from said lower end; providing a stem with an end opening; inserting said lower end into a vagina such that said lower end cooperates with the wall of said vagina to form and maintain a water reservoir; filling the water reservoir to hold water in said lower end and said vagina with said reservoir port open and submerged; receiving said stem into said inlet port with a substantially airtight seal with said end opening submerged in said water reservoir and the other end exposed to ambient air; and applying suction at said exit port to draw air through said stem to bubble through said water reservoir thereby generating stimulatory vibrations that are transmitted through said open reservoir port to said vagina.

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US 7,134,660 - No-crap craps: crapless craps done right

Abstract
Crapless Craps, a game that has existed for more than 20 years, is a modification of standard craps designed to eliminate the possibility of the pass line bettor losing on the come-out roll. However, it has several serious drawbacks that have prevented it from achieving significant popularity with the gambling public. No-Crap Craps is a modification of Crapless Craps created to overcome these shortcomings. This aim is achieved by regarding every number except 7 as a point number, but with numbers 2 and 3 grouped together as 2-or-3, and numbers 11 and 12 grouped together as 11-or-12. When betting against the shooter, a seven-out after point 11-or-12 pays half. The result is that the house advantages of the pass line bet and the don't pass bet are exactly those of standard craps.

Claim 1
A method of playing a craps-like dice game comprising: (a) a bettor making a pass line bet; (b) a shooter rolling a pair of dice repeatedly; (c) declaring that 7 on the initial, or come-out, roll results in a win for said bettor; (d) declaring that any other number on said come-out roll establishes a point of said shooter, with the provision that numbers 2 and 3 are grouped together as 2-or-3, and numbers 11 and 12 are grouped together as 11-or-12; (e) declaring that, following the establishment of said point, repeating said point before 7 is rolled results in a win for said bettor, whereas rolling 7 before said point is repeated results in a loss for said bettor; (f) declaring that said pass line bet pays even money; whereby said pass line bet cannot be lost on said come-out roll and offers the same advantage to the house as does the pass line bet in standard craps.

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US 7,147,609 - Penile volumetric measuring device

Abstract
A volumetric measuring device for measuring a body part. The device includes a fluid container filled with fluid. The fluid container has a body part opening for permitting the insertion of a body part and a displaced fluid opening for permitting the flow of fluid that has been displaced as the result of inserting the body part. A watertight barrier covers the body part opening and maintains a watertight seal over the body part opening while the body part is being inserted. The volumetric measurement is determined by measuring the amount of displaced fluid after the insertion of the body part through the body part opening. In a preferred embodiment, the body part being measured is an erect penis.

Claim 1
A volumetric measuring device for measuring body parts, comprising: A. a fluid container filled with fluid, B. a body part opening for permitting the insertion of a body part, C. a displaced fluid opening for permitting the flow of fluid that has been displaced as a result of the insertion of said body part through said body part opening, D. a watertight barrier for completely covering said body part opening, wherein said watertight barrier permits the insertion of said body part and into said body part opening while simultaneously maintaining a watertight seal around said body part opening, and E. a door connected to said fluid container and covering said watertight barrier, wherein the volumetric measurement of said body part is determined by measuring the amount of said displaced fluid after the insertion of said body part through said body part opening.

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US 7,313,845 - Upright type cleaner

Abstract
An upright type cleaner comprises: a body provided with a handgrip at an upper side thereof; a suction head positioned at a lower side of the body and hinge-connected to the body, for sucking dust and foreign materials of a floor; and a power ON/OFF unit disposed between the body and the suction head for turning off a power when the body is uprighted and turning on the power when the body is inclined. According to this, the power is automatically turned on without a user's additional handle at the time of performing a cleaning and the power is automatically turned off at the time of completing the cleaning, thereby increasing the user's convenience.

Claim 1
An upright type cleaner comprising: a body provided with a handgrip at an upper side thereof; a suction head positioned at a lower side of the body and hinge-connected to the body, for sucking dust and foreign materials of a floor; a first power ON/OFF unit disposed between the body and the suction head for turning off a power when the body is uprighted and turning on the power when the body is inclined; and a second power ON/OFF unit for turning on the power of the cleaner when a suction hose is separated from the suction head for another cleaning operation of the cleaner.

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US 7,340,813 - Chair upholstered with sports jersey

Abstract
An article of furniture, for example a chair, is upholstered with a sports jersey for displaying the jersey thereon. The front side and logo of the jersey are displayed on the back supporting surface of the chair while the rear side and player number of the jersey are displayed on the seating surface of the chair. The chair arms are upholstered with arms of the sports jersey. By providing a chair upholstered with a sports jersey conventional, authentic and readily available sports equipment can be reused in a practical way and displayed in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Claim 1
A method of displaying a sports jersey on a chair, said method comprising: providing a sports jersey comprising a front side and a back side joined together at seams to form a torso portion of the sports jersey having a neck opening and arm openings therein; providing a chair having a seat support surface arranged for supporting a person seated thereon in which the seat support surface is arranged to be supported spaced above the ground and a back support surface extending upwardly from the seat support surface; separating the front side and the back side of the sports jersey into separate panels; and upholstering one of the support surfaces of the chair with either the front side or the back side of the sports jersey.

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US 7,350,242 - Garments having an inside out appearance

Abstract
Garments having an inside-out appearance are disclosed and are designed to be inside-out and fashionable. Unique fasteners, belt carriers and modifications of pockets make possible wearing a garment having an inside-out appearance. When a conventional garment is turned inside out many features such as belt carriers, zippers, and pockets become difficult or impossible to use when the garment is worn. Garments disclosed herein permit full use of features such as belt carriers, buttons, zippers, and pockets.

Claim 1
A pair of jeans having an inside and an outside wherein the outside of the jeans approximate an appearance of a conventional pair of jeans turned inside-out, the pair of jeans comprising: a twill fabric comprising a plurality of warp yarns and a plurality of weft yarns, wherein the plurality of warp yarns are dyed and wherein the twill fabric is woven such that the weft yarns are prominent on one side and the warp yarns are prominent on the other side; a plurality of pattern pieces formed from the twill fabric and attached together to substantially form the pair of jeans, the twill fabric having a right side in which the warp yarns predominate and a wrong side in which the weft yarns predominate; a pair of pant legs; a front pocket; and wherein the wrong side of a majority of the pattern pieces face the outside of the pair of jeans; wherein the front pocket is attached to the pants and has a front pocket hem turned to the outside of the jeans, the front pocket hem displaying the right side of the twill fabric on the outside of the pair of jeans.

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