12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Sun Mask Towel (US 7051371)

Protecting skin from harmful rays is essential, and products like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are all necessities when out in the sun. This 2006 patent adds a new device to the sun-defense regimen: the sun mask towel. The standard-sized towel has, "at least one eye slit permitting unobstructed vision through said towel and at least one breathing slit," according to the patent claims. Simply lie down, match up the slits to your eyes and nose, and enjoy all the benefits of having a towel on your face without having to worry about breathing or seeing freely.