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Inventions: Bubble Gum

Bubble gum was invented in 1928 by 23 year old  Walter Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, who enjoyed...

Inventions: Margarine

Named after the pearly deposits of fatty acid from the Greek margaritēs / márgaron meaning pearl-oyster or pearl, and margarís, meaning palm-tree, margaric acid was discovered in 1813 by...

Inventions: Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska. Perkins liked to experiment with home-made concoctions in his mother’s kitchen and came up with a liquid...

The First Colour Photograph

Best known for his development of electromagnetic theory, Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell was also interested in colour theory. Maxwell directed photographer Thomas Sutton to produce the first...

Accidental Inventions: Bubble Wrap

Originally marketed as wallpaper, Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering...

Inventions: Duct (Duck) Tape

Developed in 1942 during World War II by Permacel, formerly a division of Johnson & Johnson, duct tape, (aka duck tape), is a pressure sensitive...

“Lazy Bones”: The First TV Remote Control

The first TV remote control called “Lazy Bones” was developed by Zenith Radio Corporation in 1950 and was connected to the television by a wire. A...

Accidental Inventions: Super Glue

Super Glue, the brand name for the fast-acting adhesive cyanoacrylate was discovered accidentally in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover and Fred Joyner of Kodak Laboratories during experiments to make a...