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Patent Issued for Snowman

As first reported in techdirt, a patent has issued recently for a snowman. The patent in question is entitled “Apparatus for facilitating the construction of a snow man/woman”. My first reaction was — given the long wait time  for the Patent Office to issue a patent — that this one might have been pending for the last few thousand years or so. But, as it turns out, the invention is fairly narrow in scope, and merely discloses and claims a particular method for making a snowman. Luckily, the patent does not preempt the traditional snowman.