05/20/2004: American ingenuity triumphs again...
Capitalism triumphs, as once again ingenious Americans rise to the challenge and meet the demands of the market: US engineers perfect butt-kicking machine.
A US engineering firm, Leavitt & Associates Engineers, has applied to patent a "Manually Self-Operated Butt-Kicking Machine". In simple terms, this is a chair with a hole in the seat combined with a kicking foot, all operated by the seat's occupant. It allows the operator to administer a "butt-kicking", should he or she feel it is appropriate.
It all started as a bit of a joke. Original sketches were circulated at an apparently rather dull meeting. Somehow these were developed into more official schematics, with details including a size 15 steel toe-capped kicking boot. Fortunately for Osama impersonators everywhere, this was later replaced with a baseball boot.
Leavitt is keen to stress that this is not normal business for the firm. The whole thing has required an investment of $550. The team spent $250 on materials (including $40 on the shoe) and another $300 on filing for the patent. "My wife was concerned that by having this silly project, people might not realize we're a real engineering firm," he said.
You don't say.
Len on 05.20.04 @ 08:28 AM CST