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9 Bizarre Patents That Prove The Past Was A Nightmare

30 January 2014 No Comment

Let’s hear it for the modern age.

Bathing Apparatus, 1902

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Not actually a method of displaying disembodied heads, the Bathing Apparatus turned an “ordinary bath-tub commonly found in houses” into a steam or vapor bath. Sounds great! Very relaxing. Except, of course, that you're trapped in a tiny enclosed space with a “suitable vaporizing apparatus” which is more likely giving you third degree burns than it is any sense of serenity.

U.S. Patent No. 714,659 / Via ipwatchdog.com

Combined Plow and Gun, 1862

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Ok, sure, just one tiny question: why?

U.S. Patent No. 35,600 / Via weirdworm.com

Creeping Doll, 1871

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Pretty sure this was an episode of The Twilight Zone, and pretty sure it ended in murder.

U.S. Patent No. 112,550 / Via thehistoryblog.com

Improved Fire Escape, 1879

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Ohhh, ok, so not “fire escape” as in the physical structure outside your window. “Fire escape” as in the act of escaping fire via parachute hat and platform elastic shoes? My mistake.

U.S. Patent 221,855 / Via neatorama.com


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