Game #2: What was the inventor thinking?

A drawing of a T-shaped object with some sort of face at the top of the T and circles and ovals on the crossing bar. Jagged line thingies appear at the bottom of the T. No, you sneeky snoopers won't find any hints hidden here. This description was written for my aunt and any other visually impaired visitors to the blog.

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.

The Answer!

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.

Illustrations of the object with a pacifier attached just below the object's face.

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.

Patent illustrations showing the sideview of a child sucking the shaft of a cylindrical pacifier holder.

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."


19 Responses to “Game #2: What was the inventor thinking?”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is a finger splint for a young child.

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:26 am

  2. Kathleen says:

    This looks like one of those “impossible to win” games for a carnival. Throw a ball and knock it down… only its made to bounce back up :)

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:34 am

  3. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    This is glider wings for a small child. So they can pretend to do what their parent does for work.

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:39 am

  4. Tim says:

    My first panty liner?

    July 9th, 2008 at 6:53 am

  5. Inki says:

    Is it a baby spoon that you can velcro to the child’s bib so that it won’t fall on the floor?

    July 9th, 2008 at 7:22 am

  6. Samantha says:

    It’s a finger puppet of an otter or seal. Maybe.

    July 9th, 2008 at 8:31 am

  7. addy says:

    a doggy massage table???

    July 9th, 2008 at 10:42 am

  8. Marketing Mommy says:

    My First Straightjacket…

    Or perhaps an anti-thumbsucking device.

    July 9th, 2008 at 11:20 am

  9. Rebekah says:

    This is a pagan cross that you wrap your child in so all other babies will worship and drool down to your baby.

    July 9th, 2008 at 11:46 am

  10. Rebekah says:

    This is a cutsie swaddling blanket that when wrapped up in properly your baby looks like a baby animal.

    July 9th, 2008 at 11:49 am

  11. Fox's Momma says:

    It’s for a pacifier. Makes it easier for the little ones to hold the pacifier?

    July 9th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

  12. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    This is a ice cream scoop craft for doing with your preeschooler.

    July 9th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

  13. wwbd says:

    I was going to guess that this is a finger splint, but I see that Elizabeth already beat me to it!

    Maybe it’s a slip on shoe?

    July 9th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

  14. Brandi says:

    It is a device to hold down a newborn baby boy and restrain him so that a physician can perform a circumcision!!

    July 9th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

  15. Hope says:

    Well…my husband thinks it looks like a certain male part… With a band-aid? And then said it looks like either a towel or blanket for that certain part.

    July 9th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

  16. Chelsea says:

    I think it looks a little like those old blow-up knock over punching bags with sand in the bottom?

    July 10th, 2008 at 9:29 am

  17. LindaW says:

    This is a strap-on finger crayon.

    This is a polar bear finger puppet (the missing piece being an ice tray to make a mini iceberg you can melt).

    This is a puppy headed belt holster for junior’s first pocketknife.

    This is a toothbrush cover.

    July 10th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

  18. Honu-girl says:

    This is a boo-boo otter! The arms wrap around the injured body part, giving a “hug”, and the feet hold on, keeping the ice in place on an active kid. The missing bit is an ice-pack that gets inserted into a sleeve on the back.

    This is a device that helps little boys improve their, ahem, aim (idea inspired by Hope’s husband :D )

    July 11th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

  19. Pappy says:

    Awesome answer. My wife wants one. Wait… what?

    July 11th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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