Have you ever done a patent search? Here’s one of the original patent’s for the rubik’s snake (and some of the timeline of it’s development). Here’s another for a toy that resembles Hod Lipson’s design.
Patents are great. Like Youtube you find incredibly creative work by people who never call themselves artists. The wonderful thing about patents in particular is that the inventions, some of which are truly absurd, were actually conceived of as being desired. Can you imagine the inventor of the “cheese-flavored cigarette” trying to determine how to market this delicacy? Check out these amazing patents by Arthur Paul Pedrick, including his doomsday machine.