Abstract: A sales promotion aid is a package including a tube having first and second ends and first and second compartments. The first compartment extends from the first end toward the second end and the second compartment extends from the second end toward the first end. A third compartment is located between the first and second compartments, and the compartments contain items related to or useful in pursuing or enjoying a common purpose, such as the game of golf. The compartments are aligned with each other.
Abstract: An attachment is usable in combination with a standard unmodified bow rake having a tined member with a plurality of equally spaced like tines including first and second end tines, the tines being of predetermined length with aligned free ends. The attachment includes a plate mountable behind the tined member and having a straight bottom edge. The plate is adjustably positionable with the bottom edge in any of a plurality of positions to expose different effective lengths of the tines to control the depth of penetration of the tines into the ground, from zero to near the full actual length of the tines.
Abstract: A non-reusable hypodermic syringe includes a body having a front end, a rear end and an inner wall extending from the front end to the rear end, a needle extending from the front end. A plunger assembly includes a rod member having a rearward end extending from the rear end of the body and a forward end within the body and a head portion integral with the forward end of the rod member. The head portion has an outwardly facing circumferential groove therearound. An O-ring is seated in and protrudes outwardly from the outwardly facing groove and engages the inner wall of the body. The body has an inwardly facing circumferential groove adjacent the front end of the body and positioned to receive the O-ring therein when the grooves confront each other, thereafter to resist movement of the rod member in the filling direction away from the front end of the body, thereby rendering the syringe non-reusable. A deflectable cap is affixed to the face of the head member or is seated in the front end of the body.
Abstract: A building construction system provides a building which contains four separate but connected self-standing units each with its own roof and four walls. A member in the shape of a cross extends vertically above the roofs and horizontally beyond the outside walls of adjacent units. The member has two planar arms intersecting each other at right angles along a central vertical axis, thus providing four 90 degree quadrants, each of which contains a different one of the four units.
Abstract: A birdfeeder has a bottom portion for delivering seed to a tray to which birds have access through a fly up entry into a feeding area. The bottom portion includes a dome with a central hole and nearby filling port. There is also a cover with a central hole and a skirt portion which normally covers the filling port. The central holes define a birdfeeder axis. A hanger has a straight portion and a hook portion. The straight portion passes through the central holes and the hook portion is above the cover. An eccentric cover lock has an aperture through which the straight hanger portion passes. Due to its eccentricity, the cover lock is normally held by gravity in a cocked position in which the aperture impositively holds the cover lock at any location on the straight hanger portion above the cover including a lowermost location in which the skirt portion covers the filling port and the cover lock deters the raising of the cover.
Abstract: An article holding tray assembly is for use on a ladder having elongated side pieces and lower and upper open-ended rungs joining the side pieces. The assembly includes a tray member, a backing member connected to the tray member along a straight line, a lower tubular member parallel to the line and projecting in a predetermined direction from the tray member to a free end, an upper tubular member parallel to the line and projecting in the predetermined direction from the backing member to a free end. The tubular members are adapted for insertion, free ends first, into the lower and upper rungs, with the tray and backing members substantially mutually at right angles.
Abstract: It is provided an improved pacifier having a nipple section, a perforated guard section and a handle section, wherein said nipple section is devoid of any enlargement at the tip, said guard section may be circular or may have the shape of two fused circles, and said handle section is of semicircular shape preferably not forming a ring type structure; said nipple section, guard section and handle section forming an integral unit.
December 15, 1988
Date of Patent:
March 20, 1990
Linda L. Cook, Marie O. Sabo, Theresa K. McDougall, Adeline Cursio
Abstract: A greeting card is an article of manufacture comprising a piece of card stock having a message imprinted thereon. The message is uniquely appropriate for being sent or given by one person (or a plurality of persons) to another person who is related to the sender(s) in a professional or business way. The message may be split into a plurality of parts, so that the recipient does not see the entirety of the message at once. The message may be a play on words.
Abstract: An ash mat comprises a laminate preformed to the size and shape of the bottom of a structure in which ashes are generated, such as a fireplace, a wood burning stove or an outdoor bar-b-que appliance. The laminate is made up of two outer layers of aluminum foil and an inner layer of fiberglass matting or spun glass matting adhered to the outer layers. The laminate is provided with handles so that it can be picked up easily, thus facilitating disposal of the mat and its contents. The handles are in the form of holes through the laminate and are preferably reinforced to prevent tearing of the material and to avoid sharp edges which would be hazardous to the user.
Abstract: A hanger hook is of modified S shape and all parts of the hanging hook lie substantially in the same plane. The hook has utility particularly but not exclusively in hanging a birdfeeder from a substantially horizontal tree branch and the like. The hook has a lower open loop providing a bite for receiving thereover the circular portion of a birdfeeder or plant hanger. The hanger also has an upper open loop for receiving the branch. The hook resists efforts of squirrels, raccoons, or the like but not people to disassemble the hanger from the hook and to disassemble the hook from the branch.
Abstract: A window washer caddy includes a box having a bottom providing an internal floor, opposed ends and opposed sides and an open top. A partition has a carrying aperture and divides the box into first and second portions. A spindle has a lower end secured to the floor at a location within the first portion and projects upwardly from the floor to an upper free end for receiving thereon and holding a roll of paper towels. The first portion also provides space for a conventional bottle of window washing liquid, and the second portion provides space for used paper towels. A pair of spaced hooks provide for releasably hanging the caddy from a rung of a ladder.
Abstract: A cushion useful a headrest in a vehicle comprising an elastic, foamed and resilient cushion body having a contoured face portion and a flat back portion wherein at least the face portion is covered by a finished surface and wherein the back portion carries a pressure sensitive, moisture activatable or heat activatable adhesive suitably protected by a removable coverstrip.
Abstract: A method of preparing and conveying a personalized message from a sender to a recipient utilizes a toy having a cavity containing a cassette player, a battery holder, a switch and circuit elements interconnecting the player, the holder and the switch. The method includes the following steps which are performed by the sender: personally taping the personalized message on a cassette; inserting the cassette in the player; and giving the toy to the recipient with the cassette therein. The toy is cuddly and may be in the general likeness of the sender or may be a stuffed animal, in either case having a flap that is movable between a closed position in which the flap covers the cavity and an open position in which the cavity is exposed. The switch is of the push button type and the push buttons produce bulges in the flap when the latter is closed, so that the switch can be operated without moving the flap to its open position.
Abstract: A free-piston two stroke cycle engine includes a piston rod assembly having a connecting rod with first and second ends, first and second power pistons affixed to the ends of the rod and first and second power transfer pistons mounted on the rod between the power pistons at locations spaced from each other, first and second power cylinders with sealed cavities in which the power pistons are movable. The cavities and the power pistons provide precompression chambers and combustion chambers of varying volumes. A timing module is located between the power cylinders, and first and second power transfer modules, each including a power transfer cylinder are between the timing module and the first and second power pistons, respectively. The connecting rod passes through the timing module and the power transfer modules and the first and second power transfer pistons reciprocate within the power transfer cylinders.
Abstract: A carrier for carrying hand tools is attachable to an inclined tubular member of the handle assembly of a lawn mower or other mobile lawn and garden appliance. The carrier comprises a sheath member of rigid or semi-rigid material having an open end to receive a hand tool, a solid closed end and a body portion therebetween. Intermediate the open and closed ends, the sheath member has an external groove therearound. The carrier further includes a metal band seated in the groove and a clamping member attached to the metal band and having confronting jaws for clamping engagement with the tubular member with the closed end lower than the open end.
Abstract: A socket assembly adapts automatically to wrenching surfaces of a nut or a bolt within a predetermined range of sizes. The socket assembly includes interfitting and relatively rotatable outer and inner annular members and a plurality of spring-loaded pawls for gripping the wrenching surfaces of the nut or the bolt to impart wrenching torque thereto.
Abstract: A method of telling a story which involves changes of at least one of the identity, the mood and the circumstance of a fanciful main character is performed with the aid of a script, a model of the main character and accessory items wearable by the main character. In the performance of the method, the script is narrated, and while the script is being narrated, the accessory items worn by the main character are changed at appropriate times. The fanciful main character is a stuffed animal, specifically a horse. A first accessory item is a stuffed generally conical shaped horn the larger end of which is removably affixable to the forehead of the horse to convert the same to a unicorn, and a second accessory item is a pair of eyeglasses removably placeable on the horse.
Abstract: Windshield wiper structure includes a wiper blade for engaging a windshield of a vehicle, and supporting elements including a metallic wiper blade carrier for carrying the blade, a metallic wiper arm connected to the carrier and pivotally mountable through a metallic end piece on a metallic post for reciprocating rotary motion about the post, a metallic spring engaging the post and the wiper arm for selectively resiliently urging the blade against or away from the windshield, and an electrical lead connected to the spring for connection to the electrical system of the vehicle. The structure uses the spring as a heating element for tending to melt snow and ice from the wiper blade and windshield. The supporting elements are electrically conductive and heat up with the spring. The blade and the supporting elements are coated with a non-wettable plastic material, a preferred example of which is polytetrafluoroethylene, which resists ice build-up.
Abstract: A device for changing the temperature of material placed therein by a user of the device comprises an inner member having an open end for receiving and containing the material the temperature of which is to be changed, providing the device with an outer envelope, and a multi-component temperature changing composition within the outer envelope and activatable by mixing. The inner and outer members are movable relative to each other to agitate and mix and activate the composition, thus to create an endothermic reaction or an exothemic reaction. In two embodiments, the members are rigid. In one of these two embodiments, the composition is activatable by rotational movement of the members, and in the other, the composition is activatable by telescopic movement of the members. In a third embodiment, the inner and outer members are flexible and the composition is activatable by squeezing the members together.