note this one under marginal proof of the absurdity of the patent system. (thx to jmc for the link)
United States Patent 5,443,036 Amiss , et al. August 22, 1995 Method of exercising a cat
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.