Some famous people have left their mark on the history of the invention, with the most diverse creations.

These famous people also invented

If we think of famous inventorsSurely names like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla or Benjamin Franklin come to mind. But if we turn the expression around and talk about famous inventors, are others that emerge: Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, Mark Twain or Marlon Brando are characters known for their music, their books or their films, but not so much for the fact that they succumbed to the bug of leaving their names written on the history of invention, with more or less seriousness and more or less fortune. We review some of these celebrities and their inventions.

Mark Twain, bra clasp

Millions of women around the world dress up every day thanks to the author of Tom Sawyer’s adventures. The American Mark Twain, an author known above all for his handling of humor and irony, was also a great interested in science and friend of Nikola Tesla. He even took his first steps at invention, much more modestly, but with unexpected repercussions. In 1871, Twain patented (with his real name, Samuel L. Clemens) an “improvement in adjustable and removable garment straps.” Its clasp system on an adjustable elastic band has triumphed in bras, but not even the author himself could have imagined where an invention that he designed with other purpose, for adjusting vests and holding pants without strap.

Francis Ford Coppola, CD bottle and itch locator t-shirt

Director of The Godfather Y Apocalypse now is known for having diversified his professional activities beyond the cinema. But in addition to wines or pasta, Francis Ford Coppola is also dedicated to patenting inventions as bizarre as a bottle with a compartment in the base to store a CD, or a T-shirt with a drawing of numbered sections to locate the itch and thus facilitate scratching, or a timer which always measures the same time interval, specifically 45 minutes. And why would someone always want to measure 45 minutes? Easy: as Coppola explains in the patent, it is the time necessary to cool a drink in the freezer without it freezing and breaking the container.

Gary Burghoff, Fish Attractor and Toilet Seat Handle

It is unlikely that the name Gary Burghoff is familiar to you, but it is very possible that you have seen him playing that shy and bespectacled soldier nicknamed Radar in the 1970 film MASHand in the television series of the same title. Burghoff, who has not lavished himself in other roles, the worm of the invention has led her to patent an apparatus for lure fish with bait, light and sound, and thus facilitate fishing. But above all, the actor has patented a simple device that we have all missed at some point: a kind of lever to lift the toilet seat without touching it.

Michael Jackson, antigravity shoes

The King of Pop who died in 2009 demonstrated in his own live performances the usefulness of invention that he signed with his name, a device to “create an illusion of antigravedad“. The system patented by Michael Jackson in 1992 consists of a shoe with a slot in the heel which is anchored to a movable hitch in the ground, so that the user can lean forward without falling, even if the body’s center of gravity falls beyond the feet. Interestingly, the patent was assigned to the Triumph underwear company.

Albert Einstein, a blouse

It is curious, but not unexpected, that Albert Einstein jointly patented with his friend, the radiologist Gustav Bucky, a Photo camera which adjusted the exposure light by itself, thus ahead of automatic cameras. After all, the physicist worked in a patent office in his early years. But what seems inconceivable is that the genius who hated socks and who used to wear identical suits would patent a single “design for a blouse “, presumably for man. The look of the design is rather that of a vest, sleeveless, with a deep neckline with lapels and buttoned at the waist. It is not known if the design came to fruition in something real.

Marlon Brando, tunable bongo drum

The case of Marlon Brando is most unexpected. For someone like him who only signed a patent, to see who would guess the correct answer in a Trivia question: what he invented was a device for tuning bongos. The truth is that the protagonist of The Godfather He was a virtuoso on this percussion instrument, which goes out of tune when the membrane is loosened. To avoid laborious manual tuning, Brando invented a system that is installed inside the bongo and that rotates to pull the membrane and tighten it. The apparatus can fumanually, by coupling a motor, or by means of an automatic system that adjusts the sound of the instrument to the desired frequency. Brando filed the patent in 2002, but unfortunately did not live to see it published in November 2004, four months after his death.

Jamie Lee Curtis, diaper with wipes

Many parents, especially novices, will have missed an extra member while trying to handle their baby’s legs, dirty diaper, clean diaper and wet wipes at the same time. In 1987 and with her one-year-old adopted daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis must have found herself in such a situation and decided to do something about it. He did not invent an extra arm, but he did diaper that comes with built-in wipes. The invention of the protagonist of Halloween Y Risky lies It consists of a diaper with an airtight outer pocket that contains wet wipes. Apparently the actress refused to exploit the patent as long as diaper manufacturers didn’t make them biodegradable.

Hedy Lamarr, Secret Communications System

No list of celebrities inventively it would be complete without what is probably the best known case, that of the 1940s film diva Hedy Lamarr. In collaboration with her friend, the pioneer of automatic music George Antheil, the actress of incomparable beauty and privileged brain, patented in 1941 a system for avoid the hack of radio-guided torpedoes. To do this, he proposed using a device such as the perforated paper roll of a player piano, which instead of playing keys changed the frequency of communication according to a sequence known only to those who controlled the projectile. The invention was so far ahead of its time that it was ignored in its day, but the concept of hopping communications frequencies is applied today in systems such as the WiFi and Bluetooth.

Eddie Van Halen, guitar stand

Various musicians and filmmakers have patented devices for their own profession: James Cameron and his underwater filming rig, Steven Spielberg and his filming rig (dolly), or Prince Rogers Nelson, in life better known as the artist formerly known as Prince, and his keyboard-guitar. A curious case is that of Eddie Van Halen. The Greatest Rock Guitarist of All Time According to Readers of Guitar World, or the eighth largest according to Rolling Stone, popularized the tapping, using the fingers of both hands to play the strings on the fingerboard of the guitar. To facilitate posture, the Dutchman patented in 1985 a support that keep the guitar horizontal leaving both free hands, consisting of a kind of folding fin that rests on the leg. By placing the plane of the guitar perpendicular to the body, the stand unfolds by gravity and is anchored in position.

Uri Geller, mobile radiation protector and child adoption contest

The spoon bender magician Uri Geller must have seen back in 1996 a possible vein in the invention of a kind of protector for mobile phones whose purpose was actually to protect the user from the radiation emitted by the device. Unfortunately for Geller, luckily for the rest, no study has conclusively demonstrated a relationship between the use of mobile phones and diseases such as cancer. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission has warned against radiation shields for mobiles whose effectiveness has not been scientifically proven. But far more outlandish is another Geller patent for a “television game show and online where couples compete against each other to win legal custody of a child“. Since Geller subsequently published a novel about this very idea, presumably he was trying to protect it in case someone decided to implement it. Which, by the way, happened.