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(Some Guy)   Not news: man has patent application for Facebook rejected. News: in 1845. Fark: Abe Lincoln   (natestpierre.me) divider line 17
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2012-05-08 03:13:57 PM
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The_Six_Fingered_Man: Theaetetus: The_Six_Fingered_Man: Theaetetus: Nice work of fiction there.

Is the patent application still on file?

Not online, but if it existed, it would be in the physical archives, I'm sure.

Just curious why you dismiss it as a work of fiction.


1) It would have been reported elsewhere in contemporaneous documents, since Lincoln was also the first (and only) President to get a patent. Instead, we get one guy's blog - with a quote from PT Barnum about a sucker born every minute - talking about how he totes saw it, and he wished he had his camera, but here's a partial image that doesn't show anything he says the full image showed.

2) It doesn't look like a patent application figure. Formal drawing requirements were quite stringent at the time (and they kinda still are), since the PTO had to create printing plates for figures.

3) The "profile" photo, according to Wiki, was taken a year later.

4) According to the blog, there "was a simple form letter from the United States Patent Office, stating "Your patent application for 'The Gazette' has been reviewed and denied." The official U.S. seal was stamped and pressed into the paper."
But, after the patent act of 1836, patents underwent examination, with substantive rejections. Maybe such a letter would have been possible pre-1836, but not after that point.
2012-05-08 02:34:40 PM
4 votes:
It would be news if anyone got a patent application rejected today.
2012-05-08 04:25:46 PM
3 votes:
One of the article commenters posted a link to the original image, so I'm inclined to say it's a big fat hoax.

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2012-05-08 02:48:45 PM
3 votes:
Nice work of fiction there.
2012-05-08 02:44:38 PM
3 votes:

Draq: The juicy part, for those who can't get to the article:

Lincoln was requesting a patent for "The Gazette," a system to "keep People aware of Others in the Town." He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where "every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors."


Holy shiat, it IS analog facebook.
2012-05-08 03:17:44 PM
2 votes:
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And that's where it started to get interesting.

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Abraham Lincon. Facebook. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah.
2012-05-08 05:05:13 PM
1 votes:
Yon Northe's Relationship status with Yon Southe: Tis Complicated
2012-05-08 04:01:47 PM
1 votes:
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to discern whether or not they are genuine."
― Abraham Lincoln
2012-05-08 03:19:51 PM
1 votes:
From the 1836 Act, sec. 7:
But whenever, on such
examination, it shall appear to the Commissioner that the applicant was not the original and first inventor or discoverer
thereof, or that any part of that which is claimed as new had before been invented or discovered, or patented, or
described in any printed publication in this or any foreign country, as aforesaid, or that the description is defective and
insufficient, he shall notify the applicant thereof, giving him, briefly, such information and references as may be useful
in judging of the propriety of renewing his application, or of altering his specification to embrace only that part of the
invention or discovery which is new
.


That's the nail in the coffin, I'd think. That rejection letter would simply not be done.
2012-05-08 03:19:18 PM
1 votes:
Crap, seemed like a cool story. +1 for making it sorta believable.
Of course I already sent it to my dad so hundreds of people over 60 believe this already.
2012-05-08 03:17:41 PM
1 votes:
Oh, and of course, "The Gazette" wouldn't have been used as a patent title, since it's not a useful art, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, so there would have been sec. 6 problems.
2012-05-08 03:08:53 PM
1 votes:
I am going with clever fiction too. I fell for it hook line and sinker, even posted on my FB page... then the P.T. Barnum connection started sinking in - yeah, hoax.
2012-05-08 02:53:05 PM
1 votes:
VERY clever hoax.
2012-05-08 02:47:53 PM
1 votes:
Holy Previously Living fark.
2012-05-08 02:45:53 PM
1 votes:
holy hell! that is awesome
2012-05-08 02:45:41 PM
1 votes:
for those who can't get in, Lincoln called it the 'Springfield Gazette' and there is a copy in the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL.

It is newspaper-based, instead of internet-based.

Lincoln's prototype featured his picture in the corner, poems, stories and updates on his life. Supposedly, the museum will be issuing a press release with this discovery soon.
2012-05-08 02:38:39 PM
1 votes:
This is fairly damn amusing :3
 
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