The Frisbee originated in the 1950s, when Yale students started
the practice of playing catch with the pie-tins put out by the
Frisbie Baking Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The company
went out of business in 1957, but a few of their "5 cent deposit"
pie-tins remain and are being hoarded by avid Frisbee collectors.
Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing
the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float.
Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated,
and it has floated ever since. [It floats in gasoline, too.]
Fortune cookies were invented in America in 1918 by Charles
Bubble gum contains rubber.
The world's largest coffee pot is located in Davidson,
Saskatchewan. It measures 24 Feet(7.3 Meters) tall, is made of
sheet metal and could hold 150,000 8 ounce cups of coffee.
The pharaohs of ancient Egypt invented and wore garments made
with thin threads of beaten gold. Some fabrics had up to 500 gold
threads per one inch of cloth.
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Miller Reese of New York, patented the first hearing-aid.
Unlike the hearing aids that we know today - this original was
The first razor with disposable blades was patented by King Camp
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers,
and laser printers were all invented by women.
Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
The parachute was invented by da Vinci in 1515.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola,
apple, and chocolate.
Henry Waterman invented the elevator in 1850. He intended
it to transport barrels of flour.
John Greenwood invented the dental drill in 1790.
The corkscrew was invented by M.L. Bryn in 1860.
Electrical hearing aids were invented in 1901 by Miller R.
Dr. Jonas Salk developed the vaccine for polio in 1952.
Four wheel roller skates - James L. Plimpton in 1863.
Henry Ford, of Model T. fame operated a sawmill in the early
1900s. Hating waste, he wondered what he could do with a growing
pile of scrap wood. He came up with the idea of converting the
wood into charcoal powder and compressing it into the now
familiar briquet shape. A relative of Ford's, E.G. Kingsford,
collaborator on the project.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar
tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make
silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese
kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not
afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky.
Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers.
Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The
shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper
copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and
not of good quality.