Silly patents are all around us, but this one is amazing. Not because of what it is but the fact that it was granted...
In the past I have presented some patents that were just – well stupid. With the Christmas season upon, lots of people in the US like to hang lights on trees, their houses – let’s face it, anything capable of holding lights and that includes clothing. So I always have fun at this time of year searching the patent database for silly patents. I decided this year that I wanted something new – I mean really new. A patent issued this year, that perhaps would be some really neat snazzy new gadget. I found it! Amazing!!!! Not for what it is, but that the patent office actually granted it. I mean this is SO obvious that it makes obvious look obfuscated!
We all know that when you pull out those strings of lights, that somewhere on every string a single bulb will have burned out or become loose. The way to find it is to take out each bulb and replace with a known good bulb. This of course assumes that only one bulb is causing problems, and of course, no matter what order you do it in, it will always be the last bulb that you check that is the cause of the problem (think about that for a moment). Now if you are like me, you probably just use your finger nails to take each of the bulbs out, but what about people with no nails, or really long nails? What do they do? Well thank heavens that at last someone had devised a way. What have we been doing all of these years without the current invention?
In their description: A light bulb remover tool has a slot at one end insertable into the space between a light bulb holder and a light bulb socket Downward force exerted on the opposite end of the tool creates a leverage force to separate the light bulb holder from the socket The tool is a one piece member having a U shaped slot on one end.
The tool 10 is in the form of a generally flat, planar body 12 formed of a relatively rigid material. For example, the body 12 may have a thickness of about 0.020 to about 0.025 inches, a length of about 1.5 inches, and width of about 0.5 inches. The body 12, for example, has a rectangular shape formed of two opposed sides 14, 16 and two opposed ends 18, 20.
One of the ends 18 is formed with an inward extending U-shaped slot 22. The slot 22, for example, can have a width of between 0.280 and 0.282 inches a length of 0.25 inches, and terminates in an inner 0.25 inch radius.
The slot 22 can be inserted between the small opening between the base of a light bulb holder and the upper edge of the socket in which the light bulb is mounted. A downward force on the end 20 of the tool 10 directed toward the bottom of the light string socket exerts an oppositely directed counter force which unseats and separates the light bulb holder from the light string socket.What is claimed is:
1 A light bulb removal tool comprising:
a one piece body having a periphery a slot extending inward from the periphery of the tool and adapted to be placed in a leveraging position between a light bulb holder and light bulb socket.
2 The tool of claim 1 wherein the slot is a U shaped slot.
So there you have it. This patent was issued January 6th 2011!Brian Bailey
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