Yes, it seems, the U.S. patent system is so bad and stupid that they let someone patent a stick. The illustration in the patent is particularly mind-boggling. If you currently use or have ever used a stick, you owe these people royalty payments. You can send them to me and I'll make sure they get to the right person ;)
Some other winning U.S. patents (via Reddit):
So, we can add the U.S. patent system to the list of legal frameworks that have become so perverted from their original intent that they probably need to be done away with and rebuilt from the ground up. See this earlier post of mine for a similar analysis of the current, absurd U.S. copyright laws.
- Method for Exercising a Cat (Patent number: 5443036)
- Method for Swinging on a Swing (Patent number: 6368227)
- Method and apparatus for automatically exercising a curious animal (Patent number: 6701872)
- Pet Entertainment Device (Patent number: 7066780)