Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Game #2: What was the inventor thinking?
Guess the purpose of this invention using the comment form. Guess as often as you like, beginning each guess with "This is a…" or "This is for…" The invention has two pieces, one not shown for what will become an obvious reason.
Two winners will be named, one for the correct guess and one for the funniest guess. And yes, this invention pertains to young children and/or parenting young children.
No links! If you discover a website describing this invention, keep it to yourself. All will be revealed in time. You are competing for the glory.
Also see: previously completed game #1.
Everyone had wonderfully inventive explanations. Thank you. Heaps of glory go to Fox’s Momma who nailed the mystery. It’s a pacifier holder with overlapping tab flaps made kid-friendly by an otter’s face. Or, as the inventor says, it’s an Apparatus for Satisfying the Non-Nutritive, Oral-Motor Sucking Needs of Infants.
Humor plaudits to Tim for guessing "My First Panty Liner" (because of the otter’s "wings" maybe). Pop culture loves to sexualize pre-teen girls. A marketer will no doubt steal the idea very soon.
Unfortunate plaudits go to Hope’s husband who noted the object’s passing similarity (perhaps the otter’s face) to a certain external male organ [NSFW!]. I thought the same when I saw this illustration of a child kissing the shaft of… umm… the otter.
An OMG WTF? seems to be in order. This thing was patented in 2002. I wonder why I haven’t seen it in baby boutiques.
From the patent application: "The present invention pertains to a unique, wand-type holder or tool for securely supporting an infant’s pacifier in use, while at the same time providing an easy to grasp extension wand as part of the holder for enabling the infant to reinforce his/her grasping skills.
My pacifier holder further provides a consistent perioral stimulation, and enhances the infant’s ability to control and keep the pacifier in his/her mouth for independent sucking.
More particularly, my unique invention holds or fixes the pacifier near one end of the wand, and enables the infant to grasp, manipulate, and cuddle the wand along its extended length."