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Old 06-22-2005, 07:10 PM
Bulldog Bulldog is offline
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When I was 16, I thought of inventing a radio-controlled device that emergency personnel could use to change a traffic light they were approaching. My idea was that I'd sell it to municipalities with the catch that I got 12 of these devices for me and my friends to use legally. I don't know if this already existed before then and I didn't know about it, or if it was created later.

I have a couple others that I probably should patent, but I'm lazy.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:13 PM
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When I was 16, I thought of inventing a radio-controlled device that emergency personnel could use to change a traffic light they were approaching. My idea was that I'd sell it to municipalities with the catch that I got 12 of these devices for me and my friends to use legally. I don't know if this already existed before then and I didn't know about it, or if it was created later.


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lol, seriously? You should have just done what lots of other people did. Sell that "Device" on ebay, and rake in lots of money from people who actually thought it would work.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:15 PM
Patrick del Poker Grande Patrick del Poker Grande is offline
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I'm thinking that fake dildo scam they thought of in Lock, Stock, & 2 Smoking Barrels is looking pretty good.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:16 PM
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I have a couple others that I probably should patent, but I'm lazy.

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im feeling bored. give them to me and ill patent them for you.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:18 PM
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I spent 5 years of my life trying to invent an anal bum cover - failing to do so was one of my greatest regrets...
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:20 PM
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Default Re: Have you ever had an idea, someone else made successful?

I also thought of Coinstar when I was little....but I don't know how long Coinstar has been around. If I had invented that I'd be happy.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:23 PM
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The Internet. Al Gore beat me to it. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:24 PM
Patrick del Poker Grande Patrick del Poker Grande is offline
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I'm thinking of inventing a new pumctuation mark. I'm just working out a way to collect on it - royalties or something.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:28 PM
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I'm a songwriter who has made some royalties on songs, but nothing to retire on. I had the title "Saved The Best For Last" in my lyric book years before the huge hit. Granted, I'm probably not the only other one who has that title in his lyric book.

But the Dave Matthew's song "The Space Between" is SO close to a full song that I wrote and had recorded two years earlier. My song is called "Between You and Me" - the theme is very similar, the music is very similar, even the image of rain is in my song. I was angry for a few months, and started thinking he had stolen it (not impossible...).

But ultimately, I decided that the Great Muse dropped that song idea into both of our heads, and he happened to make a few million from it.

I've got no sour grapes over Dave Matthews - he's a talented mofo.

-ptmusic
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:30 PM
2+2 wannabe 2+2 wannabe is offline
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Default Re: Have you ever had an idea, someone else made successful?

pet dish that dispenses a certain amount (read: weight) of food at specified intervals of the day so that the pet eats exactly what they're supposed to (not too much, not too little) when no one is home to feed them

i don't think anyone's invented this yet....
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