Crude Patent Office Inventions

OZBIKE—I went to the Patent Office trying to register some of my inventions. I went to the main desk to sign in and the lady at the desk had a form that had to be filled out. She wrote down my personal info and then asked me what I had invented.

“A folding bottle,” I said.

“Okay. What do you call it?” she asked.

“A Fottle.”

“What else do you have?”

“A folding carton.”

“And what do you call that?”

“A Farton.”

She laughed and said, “Those are silly names for products and one of them sounds a bit crude.”

I was so upset by her comment that I grabbed the form and left the office without even telling her about my folding bucket.

HELEN ENSBEY

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