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Old 06-01-2006, 02:06 AM
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Funicon Inventions From The 1900's

This is a different type of game. Let's see how many inventions from
the 1900's we can post. They can be useful, funny, wierd, or whatever.

Tell us what it is, when it was invented, the person who invented it (if
known), and is it still used today.

Here's a funny one.

One of the more peculiar (and lucrative) "inventions" of the 1970s was
the Pet Rock. It was first introduced in 1976 and was an immediate hit.
Nearly 1.5 million common smooth stones, packaged in cardboard "pet
carriers" with air holes and enclosed Pet Rock care instructions, were
sold within six months. Actually, this was probably one of the greatest inventions ever. The guy probably made billions on it! I received one as
a birthday gift one year. There's probably someone selling theirs on eBay
as a collectible right now.
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:14 AM
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The Chia Pet- moistened chia seeds are spread onto a clay figure and watered until they sprout. The figure is then covered with a lush green layer.

Invented in 1977
Marketed in 1982
Still used today.

I bought my kids the Chia Heads of Homer Simpson and Tazmanian Devil last year for something different. We had a lot of fun with them while they lasted.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:44 PM
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Wonder Butt Bra US Patent Issued In 2002

Here's a cheeky idea, The Wonder Butt Bra! As the inventor explains; "In today's society both women and men have become increasingly more concerned with their appearance. A variety of approaches are being taken to improve one's physical appearance, including cosmetic surgery, exercise, dieting, as well as enhancements to the body shape acquired through the wearing of a variety of undergarments. The problem with these previous below-the-waist undergarments, is that none lifts, supports and shapes a person's buttocks similar to the underwire bra that is a fairly common undergarment for women today. While there have been a variety of devices that add padding or some other shape to the buttock, none actually lift it, while also giving it a desirable shape." Well said, my man.

Conveniently, the WBB is fully adjustable to fit all sizes of butts. Big butts, small butts, and all butts in between. Heck, we just like saying the word butts. It just sounds funny. Butts, butts, butts. But we digress… so next time gravity takes its toll on your backside, step into the world of the firm, step into the Wonder Butt Bra. Victoria's Secret, are you listening?
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Old 06-02-2006, 03:04 PM
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Skateboard Pirate
US Patent Issued In 1978

All aboard.... step right up folks, step into the Way Back Machine. Today we're traveling way back to 1978, when skateboarding was still in it's infancy and skateboards looked like giant flat tongue depressants with tiny, tiny wide wheels. We're talking low-rider here. Well we're guessing that our sidewalk cruising inventor got tired of wearing out his tennis shoes pushing his board along and decided to harness the wind, the wind called Mariah (there's a song in here somewhere). So he devised a way to strap a sail to his board and added a couple of steering handles and voila, he's now the captain of is own little wind powered pirate ship, er, board. His tennis shoes were saved but his silly sail sadly slipped into oblivion.

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This isn't an invention from the 1900's. Just an interesting fact
that starts with the year 1900.

In 1900, there were 8,000 cars in the United States; by 1919, there were 6 million cars in the U.S. Today, there are about 375 million!
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wow that's interesting.
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Jump, No Rope
US Patent Issued In 2006

Everyone agrees, jumping rope is great exercise, but it has a couple of downsides. First, your ceiling must be tall enough to accommodate your twirling rope if you are jumping indoors. And as the inventor points out, you need some serious coordination skills or you are going to be tripping and falling more than you will be jumping. So if the rope is the problem, what's the inventor's solution? Rope be gone! We don't need no stinkin' rope, we can just hold these handles in our hands and pretend to be jumping the imaginary rope. As an added bonus, your No Rope handles have weighted balls in them to simulate the feel of a rotating rope. Hey, here's an idea, give us a steering wheel and let's call it a car.
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Smart Lid System
Looks like a sippy cup lid.
Changes color to indicate if it's too hot or getting cold.
Lets you know if you've put the lid on correctly.
Speaks many languages!
Can be used to advertise just about anything.

http://www.smartlidsystems.com/howitworks.htm
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Cow Gas
US Patent Issued In 1973

Is the problem of trying to collect and measure gas emissions from livestock (or maybe your in-laws) keeping you awake at nights? Have you ever wondered exactly how much energy cow burps emit? Now your curiosity can be satisfied with the 1993 patent of the 'System for Measuring Metabolic Gas Emissions From Animals"! Designed to measure how much energy free-roaming livestock actually use, this device will help identify the feeding systems which allow the most efficient use of energy for the health of the cow.
But wait! The device is fun and easy to use! First feed the subject the tube which acts as an internal tracer. Attach the end of the tracer tube to the inflatable collar placed around the animals neck. With every breath, metabolic gas samples are collected and analyzed. Hey, who said bovine belches aren't fun?

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The Rubik's Cube is a 3-D mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Originally called the "Magic Cube", the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toys in 1980 and won the German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle that year. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes have sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world's best-selling toy.

In a classic Rubik's Cube, each of the six faces is covered by 9 stickers, among six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow). A pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be a solid colour.
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