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[tweetmeme] I’ve been reading Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands by “Dr. Knowledge” Charles Reichblum.  I loved this book and gave it 5 stars over on Goodreads.

A story which caught my eye was about a product that made millions, but the inventor only made $400.

Walter Hunt 1796-1859

His Product Made Millions.  He Made $400.

One day in 1839, Walter Hunt was fooling around with a piece of wire and came up with a new kind of pin.  He called it a dress pin, but the world came to know it as the safety pin.

Hunt patented the safety pin, and that patent went on to be worth millions of dollars.  However, shortly after receiving his patent and before the money started rolling in, Hunt sold it for $400 because he owed a man $15 at the time and didn’t have the cash.  Hunt paid his creditor $15 and was happy to pocket $385.

What’s worse, Hunt had invented a sewing machine years before and had thrown away a fortune when he didn’t patent it at all.  His reason was that he feared it might cause unemployment among seamstresses.

But don’t be too worried about Hunt’s misfortune.  He eventually became rich with his inventions of a fire alarm, knife sharpener, icebreaker, and fountain pen.

Not many people have heard of Hunt, but this New York mechanic was one of history’s most unusual and ingenious inventors.

I read things like this and it kind of makes me sad.  I think of ideas all the time and say “someone should parent this or that” and of course I should be the one to patent the idea, but never do….

Do any of you have patents on anything?

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Walter Hunt image from: http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/279.html

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about what would have been my 11 year wedding anniversary, and brands we likeI begged you to look once, twice and again for motorcycles.  (Keep praying for my friend Brian’s recovery)  We talked about lending a helping hand when we can, and hobbies we have.  We talked about making new friends on meetup.com and it being 10 years since my good friend Cathy passed away.

The Weekly Beverage: Kokopelli Rootbeer from Arizona Pizza in Lee, MA.

The Weekly Tea: I made some pomegranite raspberry iced green tea and I liked it, but Michael didn’t care for it too much.

The Weekly Food: Penne Chicken Florentine  and Boneless Buffalo Wings from Arizona Pizza in Lee, MA

Manatee

The Weekly Amazing Fact:  Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the abilitiy to speak like humans, but don’t do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound. 

Happy Birthday!!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Brian Feliciano, Dorena Frank, Deborah Tiberio Temple, Erin Geistfeld, Matt Posusta, Heather Feller Marin, Roberta Curtis-Smith, Tobyjean Marzahl, Melissa Leone Brown, Elizabeth Kenny, Cami Hennekens, Paula Broadwater, Tara Zacharzuk-Marciano, Jonny Verderber, Phil Campbell, Alex Kalpaxis, Priscilla Cillessen, John Ham, and Peggy Sue ShermanI hope you all had wonderful birthdays.  Did you do anything special for your birthday??

The Weekly Craft: Working on crocheting another scarf.

The Weekly Activity: Helping others.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: HVasilakos (my good friend Helen), and ndkelly29 & JayMarzian who I met at the May Albany Tweetup.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Walk Now For Autism Speaks my friend Phil Campbell and his family will be walking for his son Ryan.  At the time I’m writing this, the walk as a whole has $357,919 in pledges.  Another charity I’m pimping this week is The Stroll for Epilepsy – Dutchess to Ulster County.  My Friend Marcus Molinaro and his wife Christy will be walking for their daughter Abigail Faith.  Please donate if you can.

Sex and the City 2

The Weekly Countdowns: Sex In The City 2 is now in theaters & The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (June 30, 2010) 33 more days.

Weekly Grand Totals: Percentage of YES RSVP’s that actually attended Brianna’s Chase for a Cure Fundraiser – 6.25%
We’re going to discuss this in more depth in the future. 

 

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Sex and the City 2 photo from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/movies/sex-and-the-city-2-sexless-in-two-cities/article1580522/

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