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Gyro Gearloose is a comic book character, a crackpot inventor conceived by the mind of Carl Barks and owned by Disney. Gyro's inventions usually end up producing disaster. Originally intended as a one-shot character, Barks later said that he would have made the character easier to draw if he had intended to ever use him again.

Gyro also had an assistant named "Helper" who was essentially a lightbulb attached to a Meccano-style stick-figure body. He never talked, but was fairly useful. Gyro also possessed a "thinking cap" which was a bird nest/house complete with actual bird. When placed upon his head, the hat would, after a short time, exclaim "Cuckoo!" and Gyro would have some random epiphany.

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