The waffled style ice cream cone, hamburgers, hot dogs, iced tea, cotton candy, and Dr. Pepper, were first introduced to mass audiences or popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
A type of plastic can be made from Milk. The resulting product is odorless, insoluble in water, biodegradable, anti allergenic, antistatic and virtually nonflammable.
NBC and AT&T used corporate and government bullying to destroy the life of the inventor of FM radio, leading to his suicide.
The can opener was invented over 75 years after the invention of the can. Early cans were intended to be opened with a hammer and chisel.
Fanta was invented during WWII when Coca-Cola couldn’t import syrup into Nazi Germany due to a trade embargo, so instead invented a new drink, just for Nazi Germany, using only the available ingredients.
Ice cream cones were popularized in America during the 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a nearby waffle vendor to roll up his waffles to hold the ice cream.
The drinking straw was first invented by Sumerians over 5000 years ago to avoid drinking the solid byproducts of fermentation in their beer.
In 1904, tea bags were invented accidentally. The inventor, Thomas Sullivan, decided that it was cheaper to send small samples to potential customers in silk bags instead of boxes. The recipients believed they were meant to be dunked and soon Sullivan was flooded with orders for his “tea bags”.
The inventor of the Game Boy was originally Nintendo’s janitor; the President of the company happened to walk by and was impressed by a toy he created out of boredom, leading to an illustrious career.
In 1945, a radar engineer named Percy Spencer was working at Ratheon. He stepped in front of a magnetron, a device that powers radars. He noticed a chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Later that year, he filed a patent for the first microwave oven.
The Jacuzzi was invented to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Candido Jacuzzi’s son had rheumatoid arthritis, so he wanted to build something that could relieve his son’s pain. So he used agricultural water pumps to create a whirlpool in a bathtub. Upon showing it to other people, Jacuzzi soon realized that it could be enjoyed by more than just arthritis sufferers. This realization lead to him marketing it to bath supply shops.
The modern pencil was invented in 1795 by Nicholas-Jacques Conte, a scientist serving in the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. The magic material that was so appropriate for the purpose was the form of pure carbon that we call graphite. It was first discovered in Europe, in Bavaria at the start of the fifteenth century; although the Aztecs had used it as a marker several hundred years earlier. Initially it was believed to be a form of lead and was called ‘plumbago’ or black lead (hence the ‘plumbers’ who mend our lead water-carrying pipes), a misnomer that still echoes in our talk of pencil ‘leads’. It was called graphite only in 1789, using the Greek word ‘graphein’ meaning ‘to write’. Pencil is an older word, derived from the Latin ‘pencillus’, meaning ‘little tail’, to describe the small ink brushes used for writing in the Middle Ages.
A Kodak engineer constructed the first digital camera in 1975. They didn’t want to go digital. They went bankrupt in 2012.
Canadian Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Frederick Banting, discoverer of insulin, sold the rights to the University of Toronto for $1 so that it was available to everyone.