There are so many absurd business ideas out there, it’s no wonder most startups fail.Thankfully, some of the craziest concepts never get past the ideation stage. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, only 3,000 ideas out of every 1,500,000 are commercially viable.
Google Patents makes it easy to search for everything the USPTO grants, and some of the approved prototypes – like thong diapers and glasses that pierce to your face — are hysterical.
We sifted through the records to find 15 of the most absurd patents ever issued.
Who patented it: Kenneth Brown
When: December 1974
What's a powerloo, you ask? 'The Powerloo is an outdoor toilet for disposing of solid dog waste,' says the website. 'It is modelled after human-use toilets and delivers a powerful flush to propel waste into the existing sewer or septic system of your home.'
A living Magic 8 ball. Plant a seed in this special pot, ask it a yes-or-no question and, depending on which hole the plant grows through, you'll have an answer.
Who patented it: Alex Chiu
When: November 1999.
Where can I get one?: The inventor's personal website. For $28 plus shipping, you can be young forever. Sounds crazy, but here's how Chiu claims it works:
'Devices consist of rare earth or ceramic magnets and plastic braces which hold magnets onto the fingers of the user. The fingers and toes are the negative (-) and positive (+) terminals of your body. When placing the magnetic devices, the magnetic pole on the right side of the human body is opposite to the left side.
'With an opposite pole on each side of the human body, blood circulation and electric current of the body are enhanced. The enhanced blood circulation and electric current increase metabolism in order to fight the ageing process.'
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