12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Fireplace Waterfall (US 6901925)

People are easily dazzled by displays of both fire and water, so it's unsurprising that one inventor combined them to create a mega display of elemental art. Intended to be an upgrade from an existing fireplace, this 2002 patent calls for a trough to be installed in front of a firebox for a pool of water. The water circulates through special plumbing and funnels out of the front of the fireplace to create a "fountain-like" effect. Just add fire!