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Thursday, June 08, 2006

American silliness.

From Patently Silly, a site with real patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office:
Cordless Jump Rope
patent#: US 7037243

 "To use the invention, a user holds a handle in each hand, and begins to simulate jumping rope while moving the handles in a circle with their hands and arms. The weighted ball or gear simulates the centrifugal action of a jump rope, thus delivering all the health benefits of jumping rope without any of the disadvantages of stumbling on the rope, having the rope hit the ceiling or the like."
"That's right, a jump-rope minus the rope. All that's left is two handles, so you jump over the pretend rope. Or if you are truly lazy, you can pretend to jump over the pretend rope." the globe and mail

And, as further proof of american ingenuity, there is also patent # US 6982161: "Process for the Utilization of Ruminant Animal Methane Emissions". But I'll leave this one alone.