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Halloween in Iowa

I have heard Iowa is much different than other parts of the country in that we require children to actually tell a joke before receiving their treats. I have actually seen jokeless children walk teary-eyed and empty-handed away from homes. In deference to those disappointed children, I offer you two treats without requiring any type of performance from you.

Now, here is one of my favorite Halloween jokes along with one of my favorite patents. The joke is:

Q. What is long brown and sticky?
A. A stick

And this is the patent. Although the patent ostensibly covers an animal toy, comprising:

a solid main section having a diameter and a longitudinal length and extending a predetermined distance along said longitudinal length; and
at least one protrusion attached at one end thereof said main section and extending a predetermined distance therefrom and wherein said at least one protrusion includes a second longitudinal axis that is not in parallel alignment with a first longitudinal axis of said solid main section; and
wherein said animal toy is adapted to float on the water.

The patent actually covers a stick. Kudos to the patent lawyer capable of convincing the United States Patent Office of the novelty and non-obviousness of such a device. I bow in the face such patent prowess.

Brett Trout

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