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June 13, 2013

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2013 the US Supreme Court invalidated gene patents held by Myraid Genetics when it ruled that isolated human genes are not patentable. This did two things to protect the human race. First, it prevented … Continue reading

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March 31, 1896

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1896, Whitcomb L. Judsen of Chicago, Illinois was issued a US patent (No. 557,207) for a hookless fastener based on a slider. His original idea was designed to allow shoes to be fastened instead … Continue reading

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February 20, 1872

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1872, Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine. Before their patent each toothpick had to be hand carved. Instead of carrying a piece of wood in their pockets, many people would … Continue reading

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January 22, 1874

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1874 a patent was issued to Samuel W. Francis for the spork. On this day in 2023, Chim-Chim the Smoking Chimpanzee and his fellow Sporkist, Joel Byers, petitioned Congress to name January 22 as … Continue reading

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January 13, 1854

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1854, Anthony Faas of Philadephia, PA was granted the first US patent for the accordion. Mr. Faas made improvements to the keyboard and enhanced the sound, thereby making it easier to play and gave … Continue reading

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October 9, 1855

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1855 Joshua C. Stoddard received a patent for his calliope. One of the fundamental features of all calliopes that were built using Mr. Stoddard’s patent was that all the manufactured horses and other animals … Continue reading

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September 7, 1880

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1880, George Ligowsky of Cincinnati was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters. His original idea was one based upon a trebuchet and the illustration that was sent with … Continue reading

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July 13th, 1835

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1835 John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel device used in locomotive steam engines. Before Mr. Ruggles received Patent #1, all of the 9,957 previous patents were … Continue reading

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May 5, 1809

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1809 Mary Kies, the mother of three beautiful children, was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for a technique that weaved straw with silk and thread. A subsequent lawsuit … Continue reading

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