Inventors have been registering bright ideas with the UK Patent Office for 150 years.

One is a helmet fitted with a rifle, designed by a man by the name of Pratt – “the recoil broke a man’s neck during early trials.”

Or how about a moustache protector and trainer, or a ladder for spiders to climb out of the bath?

Maybe spectacles for chickens, or a two-handed glove for couples who wish to maintain palm-to-palm contact even in chilly weather? More here.