Wild and crazy patents

Patent protection has been granted over the years to some truly off-the-wall ideas, including a hair comb-over and basmati rice. Some that seemed like shoo-ins at the time were later overturned, including the famed ENIAC computer.

The comb-over (1977)

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In its abstract, patent number 4,022,227 explains its, um, invention:

"A method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person's head. The hair styling requires dividing a person's hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another."

We figure that Mr. Trump probably does his 'do differently, or there might be a budding patent war.

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