Friday, January 27, 2006

Fact of the day

Q: I heard a story a long time ago that around the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. Patent Office closed down, citing the fact that everything that could be invented already had been. Is there any truth to that?! — C.R. Crouse

A: C.R., it's a myth. But a widespread one, springing from a Patent Office commissioner's words.

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