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This Inventor’s Full of It

Posted by innovativeip on February 5, 2011

Today’s Patent of the Day, a Manure Loader, was invented by Charles D. Ricketts of Vernon, Kansas, about 100 years ago. 

U.S. Patent 938401, Issued February 7, 1911

If you read the description, the device first impales the manure, and then an ejection bar pushes the manure from the tines.  I’m not sure what alternatives were in use at the time, but I’m picturing a pitch fork and some back breaking and all around disgusting work.  Mr. Ricketts, your hands off approach was likely a great improvement.  

Although I’ve never before considered the topic, apparently manure remains big business.  If you’d like to know more crap about it, check out  Seriously, an online and print magazine that is totally full of it.

If you’d like to read the entire Patent of the Day, click over to, and you’ll find it, along with previous posts.  Enjoy!


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