Take a Trip Inside the Minds of Eccentric Inventors With Context-Free Patent Art

By Sarah Zhang | April 27, 2012 2:58 pm

The new Tumblelog Context Free Patent Art confirms what we always thought: there is a lot of weird stuff lurking in archives of the patent office. And sometimes, you just don’t need/want an explanation.

Here are some of our favorites. Take your best guess at the context for these images—or at least some legitimate excuse/explanation—in the comments!


[via Context Free Patent Art]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Technology Attacks!
  • Anonymous

    wow, that’s an unfortunately placed thumb

  • http://www.facebook.com/fhlittle Frank H Little

    Figure 3a looks like a means of UK train operating companies dealing with annoying rail passenger pressure groups.

  • Tiktaalik

    3a: means of dealing with sharks coming out of your washing machine
    3b: patent for designer cow spots
    3c: law enforcement shoot/don’t shoot scenario
    3d: bootie patent (and yes, that is an unfortunately-placed thumb! LOL!)

  • http://twitter.com/ageekmom A Geek Mom (Shannon)

    Don’t hit frozen shark w/mallet.//Paint by number cow.//Don’t quote dead people. Shoot the woman, save the world.//Run, now.

  • Suzankorbel

    #1 What to do if moray eels slip through your sink while taking a bath
    #2 Where to tickle a bull
    #3 lesson plan for commie deprogramming
    #4 how nerds prepare to battle bullies with minimal equipment

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