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Hello All-

I wanted to start this thread based on inventing, but also fun inventing trivia! 


I'll start out with  a couple of examples, please feel free to add more as you find time.  It helps to illustrate just how bizarre some of the backgrounds of these everyday products are!

DID YOU KNOW?  Listerine Mouth Wash started out as an anti-septic and even a floor cleaner?

DID YOU KNOW? The Post It Note was actually derived from a failed super strong adhesive experiment?

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Ralph, did you know that super glue was accidently invented by Dr. Harry Coover?

Ralph Machesky
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@ Joseph

Not until I read about it in the E.N. blog!  That article inspired me to start this very thread. 

Thanks Joseph! : )

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DID YOU KNOW? Both Tesla AND Marconi invented what we call 'radio'

Turns out that it was quite the 'disruptive technology'  at the time and still is.

DID YOU KNOW? The invention of the microwave oven was largely due to an engineer noticing his candy bar had melted due to the energy from a powerful radar set. It is also where the name 'Amana Radar Range' came from.

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Did you know that Thomas Edison was a murderer?

Clarence Dally (1865-1904), assistant to industrialist Thomas Alva Edison The first recognized American X ray fatality.

Later to be said Edison's biggest regret while others say that he regretted letting tesla go and then feuding with him.

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James, that reminds me of the first electric chair designed by Edison, where he used Tesla's alternating current hoping the public would turn against Tesla. They virtually had to cook the prisoner and the public related Edison instead to that grisly scene. That was another big regret for him.

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Incase you missed it, did you know that potato chips was invented out of revenge?

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DID YOU KNOW? 

Nylon is a thermoplastic, silky material, first used commercially in a nylon-bristled toothbrush (1938), followed more famously by women's stockings ("nylons"; 1940) after being introduced as a fabric at the 1939 New York World's Fair

DID YOU KNOW? Acetylsalicylic acid or Aspirin as we call it today was first 'discovered' back in 1832?  In 1900 Bayer started distribution of aspirin in a water soluble 'tablet' form.

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