Editorial Edition: A Look Back at 3 Strangely Weird Patents

Editorial Edition: A Look Back at 3 Strangely Weird Patents

We live in a world where we can often bring our bizarre dreams to life, making a wide variety of things possible. In the world of science, some inventions are path breaking - the light bulb, penicillin, electricity and the computer being just a few. On the other hand, there are some inventions that can come across as strangely weird. These creations are mostly an outcome of curiosity and in most cases have little or no commercial use. Their seeming uselessness combined with their abnormality is what makes them stand out among other patents in the world. Even patent agents and lawyers often wonder at the reason for filing for such patent applications. The focus of this article is to take a look at some of these rare and strangely unusual patents.

Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force

This invention is basically an apparatus that helps childbirth. It has a seat for the mother that rotates about a vertical axis. The seat holds the patient’s body against dislodgement by the centrifugal forces created in the rotational movement. The apparatus would require the patient to rotate around a vertical axis to enable delivery. Can you imagine a baby be delivered while the mother sits in a rotating chair? Do the doctors have to wear catchers gloves to catch the baby? If the idea of this chair makes you cringe or wide eyed, rest assured that is a perfectly normal reaction.

Marine Mammal Communication Device

This is a Walt Disney patent. Yes, you heard that right, this one is associated with Disney Enterprises. It is essentially a communication device for facilitating communication between humans and marine animals. It consists of a submersible keyboard a plurality of hollow keys on a panel. There are various openings to the panel. It also has an audio generator coupled to each key for detecting sound signals and generating an audible language element.


The main aim of this invention is to keep the sun off your beer. No, we are not kidding, this one was invented and patented as well. It is basically a small umbrella that can be attached to or detached from your beer container to protect it from sun-rays. The apparatus has a small umbrella approximately five to seven inches in diameter, although other appropriate sizes may be used.

These are just a quick look at some of the crazy patents that have been filed. Inventions such as these exhibits the complexities of human nature and how strangely we are capable of thinking and creating things. The source of every invention is a need or a problem observed by the inventor. The above inventors had the ability to think out of the box to come up with strange solutions to certain problems. If you have come up with some interesting creations, reach out to a patent agent or lawyer for assistance.

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