Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Creepy patents

Google has slightly tweaked its world-beating home page, you might've noticed, and now you can get to most of their various web services from that same starting point, including Google Patents. Which made me, for whatever reason, immediately think of one of the creepier inventions out there. Something I remember learning about somewhere along the way. It's an "apparatus for signaling from graves," according to the description. Yep, two guys from Lake Charles were so worried about being accidentally buried alive back in 1903 that they created a way to alert the rest of the living and get some oxygen while you're waiting for people to dig you out.

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