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It Gets Stuck in Your Head

Companies work hard to design creative names for every invention that they market to the public. These product names are designed to be a little wacky in order to catch the consumer's attention. Most of the products launched through infomercials have catchy product names. The actual function behind most of these products tends to be quite simple. However, these products tend to sell big based on the slogans, jingles, and promises made to consumers....(more)

Sandoz Labs? Contribution to History

It wasn't until the late 19th century that big advances in pharmaceuticals were made. With more people being born into the world, the urgency to find cures and remedies to various sicknesses has increased. And with the increase in demand also comes an increase in price. Some companies have sought to supply people with necessary medications at a lower cost. The following questions are asked to help you gain a better understanding of the role Sandoz Laboratories has played in the pharmaceutical industry....(more)

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Chia Pets

"Ch-ch-ch-chia." These animal or head-shaped figurines have been popular since the early 1980s. Rubbing moist seeds into the grooves in the terra cotta start the germination process. As the seeds grow, they create a carpet of tiny plants all over the figurine. The sprouts look like the hair or fur of your little pet. The beauty of owning one of these kinds of pets is that you don't have to walk it or feed it or change its litter. Don't forget to give it water, though. Read on to find out more fascinating facts about this wacky invention....(more)

Trivial Pursuit: the Invention of the Ultimate Trivia Game

Over its relatively short lifespan, Trivial Pursuit has become the ultimate trivia game. The classic edition is continually updated to offer challenging and fun questions for each generation of players. There are also themed editions centered on pop culture, specific movies, and other themes. The game even has multimedia editions that are accompanied by a DVD that contains video and audio clues. The invention of this game has rather wacky roots. Read on to learn more about how Trivial Pursuit came onto the market, and how it became the popular game it is today....(more)

Toys and Games

5 Games That Smart People Idolize and Regularly Play

Mental adventures are designed to give you hours of fun and challenge you at the same time. If you are facing the right opponent, you are guaranteed countless hours of competitive mental workouts. Smart people generally play certain types of games. These types of activities are engaging and offer the individual a sense of intellectual gratification. Along with the pleasure, the activity should stretch and test the individual's cognitive ability. While many forms of amusement simply entertain, intelligent individuals participate in recreational activities that have additional benefits. The following list of games for smart people highlight a few of the common recreational cognitive workouts designed with intelligence in mind....(more)

The History of Mickey Mouse in Toys and Games

Mickey Mouse has become so much more than just a cartoon character; he is the representative of Disney. He has evolved from his early days in cartoons and comic strips to television shows, games, theme parks, and numerous toys. He is loved by children everywhere and is still a favorite among many adults. Here is a look at the history of how the lovable character has evolved in toys and games....(more)

The Invention of the Hacky Sack Game

It's a simple game that takes no technology. Yet, hacky sack has seen it's day of fame. Boys and girls of all ages can stand around kicking and punting this sack of beans at each other. Don't touch it with your hands or let it hit the ground....(more)

Technology

A Brief History of the Bar Code

Bar codes today are invisible by virtue of their ubiquity. They are everywhere, on everything, at all times. We see them every day in shops, in hospitals, at home, and on the street. But where did they come from, and what prompted their invention? This article examines the invention's history....(more)

Eadweard Muybridge: Early Pioneer of Motion Photography

Eadweard James Muybridge was best known for his early pioneering work in motion photography and motion-picture projection. Even though he came to the U.S. as a young man, he first became famous at the age of 38 for his large photographs of the Yosemite Valley in California. His use of multiple cameras to attain motion in stop-action photographs and invention of the zoopraxiscope, a device used for projecting motion pictures were predecessors of today's flexible perforated strip film used in cinematography. Through his motion photography he proved that all four feet of a horse were off the ground simultaneously when galloping....(more)

The History of Microsoft

Microsoft is one of the largest software publishers in the world. It sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses alone within two months of release and recently bought Skype for $8.5 billion. The company's yearly revenue is over $60 billion, and the company sells hundreds of products from computer hardware, video games consoles, online subscriptions, operating systems, and productivity software. The Microsoft story involves aggressive business practices and luck on by the two founders who have built a company that now employs 90,000 people around the world....(more)

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Brian Fried

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Brian Fried has always had a passion for coming up with new ideas and turned his hobby of inventing into an active business. He has patented inventions that have made it in or on their way into mass retailers, catalogs, online retailers, As Seen on TV, home shopping and other... Read More

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