Masks of Anom Mas - Bali
Even superheroes age and have to take a whiz on the road.
The work of Swedish artist Andreas Englund
It is not often that United States Patent and Trademark Office makes a funny. The understaffed and oft-maligned agency is tasked with helping inventors capture the value that they create while stopping copycats and other parasites from patenting things that already exist. They are not known for a sense of humor in pursuing this thankless, impossible assignment.
Which brings us to this patent application for a “scrotal support garment,” first filed in February of 2008. (And one of many such garments for which patents have been filed.)
If you are a big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen, you may recognize the form of this suit from the 2006 movie, Borat, which featured Cohen cavorting in a similar outfit near the beginning of the movie. Well, according to Stewart Walsh at IPWatchdog, a patent examiner recognized the garment, too, and rejected the patent application on the basis that the garment already existed. The examiner even included an annotated still of Cohen wearing the swimsuit in the rejection letter.
“Bifurcated junction” has never and will never be funnier than in this context.
US Patent and Trademark Office +1
Photographer Bob Carey poses for self-portaits in a tutu to raise money for breast cancer research.
I mean, who doesn’t love a hairy mostly-naked man in pink?