12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Interactive Life-Sized Bowl of Soup (US 6168531)

Carnivals and amusement parks are always in the market for a new and unique attraction that can bring in customers. Why not dazzle children with a life-sized interactive bowl of soup? The large bowl includes, "a fog layer at the top of the bowl-shaped member; and an imaging device producing an image," according to the 1999 patent. The soup attraction is designed to fill small children with excitement and delight as they inch near a seemingly full pot of boiling water. The interactive activities of the soup are vague, but the thrill of being close to scalding water…eh, forget it. —Lauren Hockenson