Discovery to premiere series about wackiest inventions never made

Scouring dusty old records might sound dull, but Patent Bending, the Discovery Channel’s new half-hour series, proves otherwise. Premiering August 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT, the 14 episodes examine nifty inventions that never made it off the drawing board. Then a team comprised of an industrial engineer, a scientist and a jack-of-all-trades inventor gives the designs a second chance, figures out why they didn’t work, corrects the problems and comes up with new hybrid versions.

Included are a bicycle-operated lawnmower, a floating tent, uphill skis, a motorized picnic table, a helmet-mounted parachute for emergency evacuations of tall buildings, a carwash contraption for humans contaminated with nuclear fallout and, yes, a better mousetrap.

So far, automotive and retail advertisers are getting in on the action, but sponsorship status is still on offer.