Category: inventions

The inventor of the USB had originally intended for it to be…

The inventor of the USB had originally intended for it to be flippable, however that idea was scrapped due to the extra cost. Despite USB becoming the standard, he still regrets that decision. “In hindsight, we blew it,” he said.

The inventor of the USB had originally intended for it to be…

The inventor of the USB had originally intended for it to be flippable, however that idea was scrapped due to the extra cost. Despite USB becoming the standard, he still regrets that decision. “In hindsight, we blew it,” he said.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at…

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at Frito-Lay who sprinkled chili powder on some regular Cheetos that didn’t get dusted. After his invention, he quickly rose up the ranks to become a PepsiCo executive. His name is Richard Montañez.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at…

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at Frito-Lay who sprinkled chili powder on some regular Cheetos that didn’t get dusted. After his invention, he quickly rose up the ranks to become a PepsiCo executive. His name is Richard Montañez.

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the…

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the technique for pollinating vanilla orchids profitably. Without this technique, it’s unlikely that vanilla would be nearly as well known as it is today.

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the…

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the technique for pollinating vanilla orchids profitably. Without this technique, it’s unlikely that vanilla would be nearly as well known as it is today.

Almon Brown Strowger noticed he was losing business because a…

Almon Brown Strowger noticed he was losing business because a competitor’s wife, who was a telephone operator, would redirect calls for Strowger to her husband’s business. Strowger later invented the automatic telephone exchange which eliminated the need for operators.

Charles Darwin was the first person known to put wheels on an…

Charles Darwin was the first person known to put wheels on an office chair. He liked being able to roll around his office so he could study different specimens more quickly.

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The creator of peanut M&Ms was allergic to peanuts. Forrest…

The creator of peanut M&Ms was allergic to peanuts. Forrest Mars was allergic to peanuts, he couldn’t taste his own invention.

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The inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun, one of the most…

The inventor of the Super Soaker squirt gun, one of the most popular toys in the world, was a NASA scientist who also helped develop the Stealth Bomber and the Galileo mission to Jupiter. His name is Lonnie G. Johnson.