Absurd patent of the month: the tinsel gun for Christmas

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Absurd patent of the month: US 3494235
Publié le 20 December 2023

In the middle of the holiday season, we couldn’t resist the desire to find a special Christmas patent. And we found a nice one: here is the tinsel distribution device, or, more simply, the Christmas tinsel gun. In fact, the exact title states that it is “tinsel and the like”, but, to be honest, we don’t really know what “the like” is… Maybe lasso ropes for the summer?

The patent, filed in the United States in 1970 (US No. 3494235), describes an invention which is used to decorate Christmas trees. It takes the form of a gun, with a barrel, a trigger and a miniature electric motor, which can be hand-held. A tinsel feed roller, preferably of great length, is loaded on the rear end of the device. By pressing the trigger, the user causes the tinsel to shoot out in the desired direction and with the wished length (this can be towards the tree, or elsewhere). Once the tinsel has been sprayed, a blade cuts the end to unleash it and another end of the tinsel feed is placed in the device, ready to be ejected.
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With this device, there is no doubt that you will break the speed record in Christmas tree decoration! You only have to make sure you have enough space to walk around the tree, otherwise you risk having some surprises…

What if this device gives you the idea of a new invention for hanging baubles, figurines and other decorative objects on the tree?

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