Pretty sickening, really.
I have applied for patents before. You have to be ultra-specific in describing your invention. I have had to rewrite my application four times thus far, and am currently working on the fifth.
I can assure you that my patent's title and description are a lot more informative than: "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest."
I mean, what the fuck is that?
I throw a lemon at your house to let you know there is something cool on TV?...