Bizarre Invention: Edward Poppowitsch’s Electrical Fishing Apparatus (1894)

Planning on doing some fishing this summer? What fishing excursion would be complete without Edward Poppowitsch’s Electrical Fishing Apparatus?

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Patented in 1894, this apparatus is mainly designed to alert you when you have caught a fish. How does it do this, you ask? An electrical current activates an alarm that sounds when it’s time to reel in your catch.

Feel free to sunbathe, work on your campfire, take a little nap… the possibilities are endless, because this invention does the watching and waiting for you! Multitasking! Productivity! AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Click here to take a closer look at the documents.

Let’s just hope that alarm doesn’t scare the fish away… Oh, and also that no one gets electrocuted. Water and electrical currents don’t tend to make for a happy ending, generally speaking.

 

Thanks, United States Patent and Trademark Office, for sharing these crazy documents with us! 

 

 

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