Patently Ridiculous: Scuba-Diving Dogs, Beerbrellas, Musical Toothpaste

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Plume, 2005 - Humor - 159 pages
After months of research at the U.S. Patent Office—the repository of delightfully improbable dreams—Richard Ross amassed a collection of some of the most unique, odd, and awe-inspiring patent applications seen over the last century.

The result is Patently Ridiculous, a treasure trove of wacky and wonderful real-life inventions, including:

• Nasal filters
• Self-foaming shavers
• Umbrellas with ears
• Shoelace tip holders

Illustrated with the inventors’ own diagrams, this lighthearted compilation is perfect for anyone seeking a completely different take on American know-how.

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About the author (2005)

Richard Ross is an award-winning photographer and professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Timesmagazine, Discover, Vogue, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and galleries throughout the world. He lives by the ocean and walks his dog with a conventional leash.

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