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Strange Patents: The High Five Machine

If there’s one mystery of the universe I’ve never fully understood, it’s what to do when I feel like giving someone a high five and no one’s around. I know I’m not alone on this, because in 1993 someone filed patent US 5356330 to answer all of my high-fiving prayers.

Strange Patents: An “Interstellar Space Craft”

So here’s a patent application for a “tubular shaped interstellar space craft,” filed on November 14, 2008. It’s an ambitious patent, outlining a “plasma based aircraft” that can “approach the speed of light,” and it’s packed full of gadgets: “The craft has a proton accelerator, plasma guns, diversion devices…This invention is comparable to the discovery of …

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Strange Patents: Full Body Teleportation

What’s this? It’s an image from an actual patent for “full body teleportation.” Filed on September 29, 2004, the patent described an invention that “teleports a human being through hyperspace from one location to another using a pulsed gravitational wave traveling through hyperspace.” That’s two hyperspaces in the same sentence. This is serious.