Michael Jackson's moonwalking patent
Jan 9, 2007, 12:40 GMT
03/19/2001 - Michael Jackson - 2001 Induction Ceremonies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Waldorf Astoria - New York, NY © Wild1 / Photorazzi
Michael Jackson has patented a pair of anti-gravity 'moonwalking' boots.
The eccentric singer's unique creation was designed to make it appear as if he was able to lean forward beyond the centre of gravity via slots in the heels of the shoes attached to hooks on the stage.
Jackson registered his 'Methods and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion' in 1993 and was issued the patent number 5,255,452.
The boots information came to light yesterday (08.01.07) with the launch of a new Google Patents website, which gives users access to over seven million inventions filed with the US Patents Office between 1790 and 1996.
Jackson is not the only celebrity to register a bizarre creation.
Rocker Eddie Van Halen created a 'musical instrument support' in the 1980s, which had the appearance of a shelf strapped round the waist and was designed to help him play a guitar horizontally.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis designed a special nappy, containing a waterproof pocket for carrying wet wipes and late actor Marlon Brando invented an instrument to help tighten the skin of a bongo drum.
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