My field of study now requires frequent analysis of some patent database available at the desired national or regional office (like Espacenet @ the European Patent Office), and I often run into hilarious stuff like of an American patentee who wanted to file for a rotating machinery for baby delivery, better explained in the following snapshot.
More subtle, I would say, more inner needs may “find their way out” on a patentable way soon if this gentleman from Germany (Gerhard Brandl) obtains a patent for what is hereby described as a “Device For Discharging of Intestinal Gases”. Description by the inventor:
A device for discharging intestinal gases is provided, wherein the device comprises a tube like first portion having a first diameter and comprising a first inner channel, a second portion having a second diameter which is larger than the first diameter and comprising a second inner channel, and a tapered portion having a third inner channel and arranged between the first portion and the second portion. The first inner channel, the second inner channel and the third inner channel are in communication with each other while the first diameter is selected in such a way that the first portion is insertable into an anus and the tube like first portion has a smooth surface.
…learning made fun!