12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Game Bird Decoy Coat (US 7036154)

Most hunters and wildlife photographers like to dress in camouflage to blend into the surrounding area to get close to the target animal. But sometimes, that just isn't enough. Enter this 2004 patent for a game bird decoy coat, which "provides a hunter, photographer, or other naturalist close proximity to game birds...while permitting rapid reaction to such birds once proximity access is gained." Complete with feather patterns, a birdlike shape, and detachable tail, the bird will never see the hunter coming. They'll just see a really enormous lumbering bird.