What does that mean…National Inventors Month? The designation was assigned back in 1998 by several organizations (the United Inventors Association, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors Digest magazine). It is meant to honor those among us who think “outside the box”, and to encourage even more free thinkers to think freely!
Here’s the thing…you don’t have to be a scientist, a genius or a millionaire to have a clever invention idea. Good ideas can come from ANYONE. Patrick Raymond, Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA) comments: “National Inventors Month is a time to reflect on all those crazy ideas you have while standing in the shower. Resolve to pick ONE and try to make it a reality that would have maximum positive impact on you and the world. Rinse, repeat.”
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Now, to get us in the spirit of celebrating Your Month, we thought it would be fun to share a few fun inventor facts.
Did you know…
…that Henry Ford’s lawyer was advised by Michigan Savings Bank’s president NOT to invest in Ford Motor Company? He is quoted as saying, “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.”
…that the formulas for both Cola-Cola and Silly Putty have never been patented? Rather, both companies hold trade secrets which are shared only with their most trustworthy employees. Both products have withheld the test of time…after many attempts to replicate the products, no one has yet succeeded.
…that Benjamin Franklin’s inspiration for bifocals came because he hated wearing two pairs of glasses?
…that Ivory Soap was accidentally invented when an employee left the soap mixing machine on too long? To hide the evidence of his mistake, he threw the mixture in a nearby stream. But he couldn’t hide the soap that floats – it floated to the surface, and the rest is history!
…that the Band-Aid® Bandage was truly a product of “necessity”? A Johnson & Johnson employee named Earl Dickson was tending to his accident-prone wife who had cut her finger. He aspired to create a bandage that she could apply herself, when he was at work. He placed a small piece of gauze in the center of a piece of surgical tape, and that inspiration led to today’s self-adhesive bandage.
…that after evaluating Charles Darrow’s sample of Monopoly, executives from Parker Brothers turned down the game because it had “52 fundamental errors” (including taking too long to play). Well, somehow the sample wound up in the home of the company president who stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish playing it. He enjoyed it immensely…and now, 75 years later, 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it’s available in 111 countries and in 43 languages.
…that Steve Jobs created the first Apple computer in his parents’ garage? As a college student, Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak worked at a feverish pace in that garage building their computers for fellow students. To raise $1300 cash for parts, Jobs sold his old VW bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett Packard calculator. The following year (1977) Apple sales hit $800,000 and went on to become a Fortune 500 company in a record five years!
…that “patent leather” received its name because the process to apply the shiny black finish to leather was once patented?
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