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11 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to School

From alarm clocks that pummel you in the head to ingenious devices to save your crayon nubs, a peek into the patent archives for back to school season

And you thought your alarm clock was rough. (U.S. Pat. No. 256,265)

It's back to school time across the country, and everyone's heading to the store for notebooks, pencils and backpacks. But the inventors of America have some slightly more offbeat ideas for you. How about a banana suitcase to keep your lunch fresh? Or a computerized candy dispenser to help motivate your studying? Here are 11 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office archives for fun supplies that may not have made the list. 

Hypodermic Bunny

(U.S. Pat. No. 3,299,891)

Kids need to be properly immunized before starting school. But no kids like getting shots. Make the process easier with this (totally not at all terrifying) bunny-shaped syringe, patented in 1967. 


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