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Patently Ridiculous

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
After months of research at the U.S. Patent Office—the repository of delightfully improbable dreams—Richard Ross amassed a collection of some of the most unique, odd, and awe-inspiring patent applications seen over the last century.

The result is Patently Ridiculous, a treasure trove of wacky and wonderful real-life inventions, including:

• Nasal filters
• Self-foaming s

Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Plume
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May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is short collection of wacky inventions that passed the through the patent office. All descriptions come with a minimum of an abstract and a diagram. Some come with more diagrams and descriptions.

I particularly like the "sock with a pocket". It looks like someone literally sewed a small pouch onto a sock. It would be great for running. . .

Another amazing invention is the condom shoved into a walnut after the nut meat has been drilled out.

There are plenty of crazy inventions in here,
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Collection of odd inventions...not much to read, though. Can't decide if these are better just presented as is or if they'd benefit from some witty commentary. ...more
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great read about ridiculous inventions!
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