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Annunciator for The Supposed Dead
August 2014 Wacky Patent


U.S. Patent Number: 465,548

Patented Dec. 22, 1891




Colitz Catchphrase:

“Question: The man who made it didn't need it, the man who bought it didn't want it, the man who used it didn't know it, what is it?“

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original patent


The object of my invention is to provide a means whereby the supposed cadaver (buried before life is extinct) on regaining animation may sound an alarm through the annunciator located at the superintendents office or other suitable place, by which a signal of life may be imparted and also immediate rescue rendered to the recuperating body by means of fresh air until the said body is disinierred and medical aid summoned.

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