For Enthusiasts of Sticks of Butter

Two items, one old, one new, for enthusiasts of sticks of butter. First, a patent:

Combined storing and slicing device for a stick of butter or margarine or the like,” US patent #4513501, granted to Jong S. Lee, April 30, 1983. The patent document explains: “The present invention relates to a combined storing and slicing device for a stick of butter or margarine or the like….  More specifically, the device according to the present invention may be manipulated with one hand, does not necessitate the handling of the butter and is capable of slicing the butter while held in the user’s hand.”

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Now, an unrelated, but butter-stick-centric, video. A while ago, Julian Petschek was a precocious young child who operated the shoulder-mounted videocam in several of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony live webcasts. Julian has just graduated from CalArts. This animation, whose protagonist is a stick of butter (the banana shown here is of secondary importance), was Julian’s final student project:

BONUS: US patent #5035056, the famous banana slicer patent:

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