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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on March 14, 2006.

Sanitary Security Sock System

patent#: US 7012525

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filed under Homeland Security, Shoes
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posted on 2/5/2007, patent issued on 3/14/2006

We all know the drill: Take off you shoes, put them on the conveyer belt to be X-Rayed and walk through the metal detector. All because of that one stupid m*th#rf!ck%r!

Deep breath. Okay. So what's wrong with this system? The inventor points out:

"With the increase in airport security measures, many recent inventions have focused on improving the accuracy and efficiency of current airport security systems. However, none of these inventions have focused on the health concerns that have surfaced as a result of the implementation of the new security standards."

That's right people, Al Qaeda may not have hijacked any planes since 9/11, but there's a new terrorist threatening our airports—foot fungus. Have seen those advertisments where the little fungus rips up a toenail and walks inside? It sounds messed up, but on a visceral level, I find that image almost as disturbing as the footage of the twin towers.

Diane Ghioto's "one size fits all" sock system picks up where the department of Homeland Security left off—protecting the nation from the ground up.

Sanitary Security Sock System

Comments on Sanitary Security Sock System

Fred Smith | Dec 5, 2008 4:01 AM
interesting invention, security measures at airports are really causing more and more people to file interesting patents themselves such as this one. I think PatentExpress.com and LegalZoom.com will only increase the number of such filings!

| Dec 10, 2007 12:02 AM
You know this is a good point. I fly often, and it annoys me that I have to walk on the dirty floor with my socks. Most people dont care about these things, but I specifically want to keep my socks (and the insides of my shoes which I seldom clean) clean. For that reason I wear slippers in the house (protecting the socks and the floor when I dont use shoes) and only go barefoot when I step into bed. In the end it is all about making zones of dirt starting with the most dirty (entrance to the house, the shoe area) to the most clean (my body, my bed). This is a real issue. Also, ever notice how most people use a dry napkin to wash after eating greasy food? That is not nearly enough - smell your hand sometime, it still has food on it. If you dont wash with soap and water after eating, your hands are fucking greasy all day. And it is nasty.

A_Sceptic A_Sceptic | Dec 10, 2007 12:02 AM
A friend of mine was able to isolate the moment his foot became infected to walking shoeless thru a magnetometer at an airport. He spent a *month* in hospital and nearly lost his whole leg - which was double size and entirely black from hip to toenails. Now, some years later, he still suffers residual effects.

Paul Shira | Dec 9, 2006 10:02 AM
Have you had any success selling this idea?

JJ | Dec 9, 2006 4:01 AM
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R2K | Dec 3, 2006 4:01 AM
You know this is a good point. I fly often, and it annoys me that I have to walk on the dirty floor with my socks. Most people dont care about these things, but I specifically want to keep my socks (and the insides of my shoes which I seldom clean) clean. For that reason I wear slippers in the house (protecting the socks and the floor when I dont use shoes) and only go barefoot when I step into bed. In the end it is all about making zones of dirt starting with the most dirty (entrance to the house, the shoe area) to the most clean (my body, my bed). This is a real issue. Also, ever notice how most people use a dry napkin to wash after eating greasy food? That is not nearly enough - smell your hand sometime, it still has food on it. If you dont wash with soap and water after eating, your hands are fucking greasy all day. And it is nasty.

anaglyph | Dec 2, 2006 11:01 AM
I wonder what's gonna happen after the first Underwear Bomber strikes?

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