Why Didn't I Think of That? Bizarre Origins of Ingenious Inventions We Couldn't Live Without

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Ben & Jerry originally wanted to start a bagel business, butthey couldn't afford the bagel-making machine?
* The Slinky(r) toy was born aboard a World War IIbattleship?
* Band-Aids(r) were invented by a husband to help hisaccident-prone wife dress her own cuts and bruises at home?
* The idea for Velcro(r) came from cockleburs that got stuck on anengineer's wool trousers and in his dog's fur?

Ever wonder how anyone came up with the idea for a product youcouldn't imagine living without? Familiar products like Velcro(r),disposable diapers, Post-It Notes(r) ,and coffee filters. Readthis book and you'll discover - once more - that truth is indeedoften stranger than fiction. You'll also see that coming up with amillion-dollar idea isn't as difficult as you think. Thiscollection of entrepreneurs ranges from housewives to PhDs.

Filled with wacky and fascinating facts, awe-inspiring successstatistics, and rags-to-riches stories, Why Didn't I Think of That?chronicles the odd origins behind 50 famous inventions and revealsthe business side of each product's actual production, marketing,and distribution. You'll discover how inventors from all walks oflife struck it rich with unlikely contraptions that range from thepractical (like Tampax(r) and Tupperware(r) ) to the curiouslyinane (like the Barbie(r) doll and Silly Putty(r) ).

Inspirational, detailed, and always quirky, this delightful bookcaptures all of the drama and colorful history of products likeHeinz(r) ketchup, The Club(r) , Jell-O(r) ,Hallmark(r) cards,Trojan(r) condoms, Vaseline(r) , Rollerblades(r) , Kitty Litter(r), the Swiss Army(r) Knife, Bic(r) pens, Dirt Devil(r) , Pampers(r), S.O.S(r) pads, and many more.

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What would we do without Velcro, Bic pens, White Out and Band-aids? How about such notables as Tupperware, The Club, and Rollerblades? Learn the inspiring success stories behind the products we most take for granted in this well-researched, engaging volume of 50 products ranging from kitchen items to toiletries to office supplies and more. This book takes you through every step of the development of each product with a detailed look at how multi-million dollar businesses were built from the simplest of ideas.

About the Author:

ALLYN FREEMAN is a writer and business consultant whose television credits include M*A*S*H and Hart to Hart. He has also written numerous articles for leading business journals. He holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School. BOB GOLDEN is a writer and composer whose musical credits include Sesame Street, TV Nation, and Comedy Central. He is the coauthor of the Jerky Boys Book, and, with Freeman, has written material for America Online.

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