Gum Disposal Pocket: Great Idea?

In the immortal words of the 1958 novelty rock song popularized by Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group:

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
On the bedpost overnight?
If your mother says don't chew it
Do you swallow it in spite?
Can you catch it on your tonsils?
Can you heave it left and right?
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
On the bedpost overnight?
















The Gum Disposal Pocket is the answer to a gum chewer’s prayers and the creator of Patent#US 6830152 must have been an avid gum chewer to have thought it up in the first place. It makes sense to have a disposal handy when that gum in your mouth is all chewed out. It all seems so easy and even the inventor says:

“It’s so simple in structure that it can be constructed by just folding a paper."

If you are wondering why something so simple would require a patent, there’s no need to look any further than the paper clip. Even simple things need patents, and in fact, how many times do we see an invention and think:

“That’s so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?”

The Gum Disposal Pocket includes several gum disposal pockets each of which has a back wall made of foldable sheet material. Two side wings, each having an attachment hole extend from the left and right side of the back wall and fold on top of the wall in such a way that the two holes overlap each other to form a pocket with a gum cavity. There is also a pocket dispenser where disposal pockets can be stored for future use.

Consider some other gum-related inventions that are sure to make you chuckle. Read Steve Levenstein’s piece, “The Top Ten Strange and Unusual Japanese Chewing Gums” and Diane Eld’s amazing post, “Don't Stick Your Used Gum Under the Table. Give It To This Guy! Chewed Up Gum Art”.

As far as the Gum Disposal Pocket is concerned, I say just bring along a tissue with your pack of gum, but what do I know?

Via Patently Silly