Site of the Day for Friday, September 15, 2006 Delphion's Gallery of Obscure Patents Today's site, from a commercial enterprise, offers a glimpse into the sometimes wacky world of inventors and their patents. Gentle Subscribers may discover they really do need a body squeegee or an anti-eating face mask. "Over 200,000 patents are filed each year in the US alone, while the European Patent Office files around 80,000 patents a year." - from the website The site's gallery presents an array of the peculiar and amusing inventions which have found their way into the United States Patent Office. Included in the gallery are those indispensable products of modern civilization such as the motorized ice cream cone and the fly swatter with sound effects. Some items seem destined to tap into a ready market, like the Graffiti Prevention Apparatus, which theoretically creates an electromagnetic field to repel spray paint, while the whole house "cloaking system using optoelectronically controlled camouflage" sounds like a sure-fire consumer hit, too. Saunter to the site for a look at this collection of bizarre patented inventions at: http://www.delphion.com/gallery A.M. Holm <admin-sotd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Manage your subscription and view the List archives on the web at: <http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/webpage?webpage_id=sotd> and <http://www.freelists.org/archives/sotd> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNSUBSCRIBE by sending a blank email to sotd-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the Subject field.