There have been some brilliant inventions and some very silly ones like these examples:
Fed up with waiting for his luggage at airports, in 1945 Robert Fulton invented an airplane that converted into a car. Unfortunately, it was so heavy it could never take off.
One inventor has a patent for coffins built with alarms, in case someone is accidentally buried alive.
Another inventor has a patent for two-person gloves, special gloves for couples who like to hold hands skin-to-skin in icy weather.
Thomas Alva Edison, who helped invent the light bulb and movies, also invented concrete furniture. It went down like a concrete balloon.
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Alexander Fleming got the idea for antibiotic drugs when he noticed how the fungus penicillin killed bacteria he was studying in his laboratory.
In 1952, Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio. He tested it on himself to be sure it was safe.
Roller skates were invented in 1760 by London inventor Joseph Merlin. One day, Merlin made a spectacular entrance to a fancy dress ball wearing metal-wheeled boots – and crashed headlong into a giant mirror, shattering it.
The whoopee cushion was invented when workers at the Jem Rubber Company in Toronto, Canada, “experimented” with rubber sheets.
The fart alarm is a joke invention that is said to beep when it detects a fart. In fact, it is set off by vibration.
In the 1970’s, Art Fry realized he could use a glue that didn’t stick to make a bookmark in his hymnbook – and invented the Post-it note.
In 1956, Noah and Joe McVicker invented a wallpaper cleaner. They then realized it was like modeling clay only better, and so invented Play-doh.
Roy Plunkett was working with gases in 1938 when one turned into a solid with a surface so slippery nothing stuck to it. He had discovered Teflon, which is used to make nonstick pans.
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidentally left out a cup of soda water with a stick in it on a cold night – the first Popsicle.
Inspired by the reflection of lights on road signs, Percy Shaw invented the studs now set in unlit British roads, called cat’s eyes, in 1934.