A Patent for What?

By Marcus Chan - 2012-09-17T21:57:31Z

Illustration by Steve Zuloff

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Second Life

Rather than firing a bullet to the head, how about sticking a pin into a balloon? That's the idea behind this game device, which resembles a revolver and contains a spring-loaded pin for puncturing a balloon that's attached to the muzzle. A player can place the balloon against his head "to make the game more exciting," according to the patent filing. A similar device was previously marketed, but the inventor claims his version has a safer pin mechanism.

The inventor is Steve Zuloff of Los Angeles County, California.