Necessity is the mother of invention. The father is unknown.
The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on January 3, 2006.
Process for the Utilization of Ruminant Animal Methane Emissions
patent#: US 6982161
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention (thanks, MOH) that this device traps cow belches not farts. I apologize for the mischaracterization. Thankfully, it has lost none of its comic appeal. -DW 6/1/2006
Comments on Process for the Utilization of Ruminant Animal Methane Emissions
mike | Feb 21, 2008 9:47 PM
You have a way with words..
GreenEngineer | Jul 19, 2007 3:55 PM
In response to Wes, the idea that water vapor is "90% of the greenhouse effect" is a persistent myth, not part of the scientific literature. More importantly, water vapor is a feedback effect (i.e. a response to a heating environment), not a forcing factor like CO2 or methane. For more detail, see: http://tinyurl.com/34cmkt
whatigotsofar | Apr 26, 2007 9:57 PM
When is someone going to make a model for humans?
cow farts are it | Jun 12, 2006 7:53 PM
have a heart and let em fart I say.
Wes | Jun 1, 2006 11:19 AM
Well now ... yes, this is humorous. But the mind behind it (no pun intended) is a sad case of stupid environmentalism and bad science. All one has to remember is that 90% of so-called green-house gas is naturally-occurring water vapor. What'cha gonna do 'bout that, eh? I remember coming up with the idea of catching cow farts as a joke with my wife when we first heard the environmental scare of cow methane back in the early 90s. And someone actually did it. Oh my!
MOH | Jun 1, 2006 8:23 AM
Just to be pedantic, it's actually the other end they're harvesting the methane from. (I'm sad enough that I actually skimmed through the full patent)
enuh | May 31, 2006 8:32 PM
i think "picket fences" did a whole story on this a couple of years back. hope people still remember that wonderful show :)
wendy | May 30, 2006 6:43 PM
yes! we were talking about turning flatulence into fertilizer in geography class. good times.
drane devane | May 30, 2006 5:07 PM
how about carseats with methane collection systems. think of the cheap transportation costs
Emily | May 30, 2006 11:16 AM
r2000.blogspot.com | May 30, 2006 11:15 AM
Poor cows: a tube stuck in their butts...
Adam | May 30, 2006 9:53 AM
Wow! I've got to make one for humans with over six billion of us we could turn our farts into profit. I could just see it now fart commodities on the board in Chicago.
Don | May 24, 2006 9:43 AM
Couldn't you use this to power the fart powered rocket? http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=6,055,910 You could just keep a cow in your backyard and capture the rocket fuel anytime you wanted to shoot for the stars.
Matt | May 19, 2006 9:21 PM
I was considering doing my masters thesis on this subject, I can't believe that someone beat me to the punch. Dammit!!!
Mike Garrett | May 11, 2006 11:25 PM
You would never, pardon the expression, blow this one past "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals". No kidding PETA would go nuts. I'm not sure I'd disagree with them. If we ever put habitats at the Lagrange points around earth, this system would probably be the only way to keep ruminants from trashing the enviornment. But here at home, it seems a little cruel, and kinda sad. Look out world, here comes the Brave New Cow!
Charlton Heston | May 11, 2006 3:18 PM
I thought Soylent Green was people?
Luke | May 9, 2006 2:44 PM
Considering that cows generate vast volumes of menthane in a long period of time, this invention may be useful. In addition, the thousands of cows present in dairy farms would make this very much worthwhile. However, saving the menthane and using it as a fuel would be more beneficial and economic.
Daniel | May 5, 2006 2:29 PM
Thanks, lskeeter. Spam comments have been an ongoing problem. I'm trying to stay on top of it!
lskeeter | May 4, 2006 11:43 AM
What the heck are these last few comments posted?
tiny | Apr 27, 2006 10:26 AM
Marketing will soon provide said foodstuff in a quick-to-prepare food called Pop-Farts!!!
DrLex | Apr 24, 2006 7:33 AM
I, for one, welcome our new fart recycling cyborg cow overlords.
Monica | Apr 15, 2006 12:18 AM
Jinkies! It reminds me of the water-capture suits from Dune! hehehe :o)
Monica | Apr 15, 2006 12:16 AM
Heh... I remember hearing about "methane farms" a couple years back - here are some links: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/14/BAGJG6LG3R15.DTL; http://www.siteselection.com/ssinsider/bbdeal/bd030616.htm.
Andy | Apr 14, 2006 5:00 PM
It probably catches their burps too. Also high in methane.
Tampa Tom | Apr 14, 2006 4:35 PM
MOOOOOO! Toooot! Is this guy proposing that we have cows breathe their own emissions? It looks like it! Maybe college frats will start using a device like this to haze their pledges!
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