Inventor: Kineo Okada
Ariake Japan Company - “The Fine Flavor of Nature” (that's seriously their slogan)
"Timed drinking vessel"
United States Patent No.: 6,747,918 (issued: June 8, 2004)
Inventors: Hight et al
United States Patent No.: 6,637,447 (issued: Oct 28, 2003)
Inventors: McMullin et al
"Filled Beer Glass Shaped Condom"
United States Patent No.: D591,580 (issued: May 5, 2009)
Inventor: Brian Osterberg
"Method and apparatus for making a drink hop along a bar or counter"
United States Patent No.: 5,678, 617 (issued: Oct 21, 1997)
Inventors: Kuyendal et al
jumping water fountains you used to see in malls or amusement parts as a kid? Well, this one is for beer.
What I get the biggest kick out of is the amount of detail that the inventors put into the patent. I mean, in the figure shown above, there are 88 independent components called out – someone actually spent considerable time flushing this out. And there are 10 other figures in the patent, many of them equally as intricate. That's some dedication.
There are hundreds more of these head-scratchin' ideas floating around there – if you happen to bump into any other “WTF” beer-related ideas/patents, drop me a line.
“He was a wise man who invented beer”