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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 NY’s hideous yellow license plates and a woman who dresses in the dark and must not have any friends.  I shared a hilarious commercial with you and told you about a guy who’s famous for inventing nothing.  We talked about a recurring dream I have and a major typo made by a large company.

The Weekly Read: I read The Unemployment Survival Guide, and I’m working on reading The Twitter Job Search Guide and Shift Your Habit.

Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight Series. He's my favorite character!

The Weekly Movie: Eclipse – I was worried I’d be disappointed or let down and it was awesome!!  David Slade did a great job as the director.  I loved the way the fight scenes were filmed!  Peter Facinelli was gorgeous as usual!!  (He was voted the wealthiest fictional character by Forbes this year. We also watched It’s Complicated.  Funny movie with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

The Weekly TV: Hot in Cleveland.  You guys know I love Betty White from my blogs here and here.  She’s hilarious along with Valerie Bertinelli (I loved her as Barbara on One Day At A Time), Jane Leeves (Who was awesome as Daphne on Frasier) and Wendie Malick (Who’s been in tons of things I love, but she is well-known as Nina Van Horn on Just Shoot Me).  A cool thing about this show that you don’t hear of too often anymore is that it’s filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The Weekly Downer: People who don’t return phone-calls.

The Weekly Food: This week we had Italian Mix Sandwiches, Egg Sandwiches, and kabobs 🙂

The Weekly Interesting Fact: The first toilet to flush in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho in 1960.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Jane Majovski, Fred Quenzer, Dan Boice,Carly Hillman Staubach, Jessica Traver, Jenna Ferguson, Glen Shefkowitz, and Stacey Cochrane Gregory LandLeave a comment and tell me what you did for your birthday.

The Weekly Activity: The Job Search is in high gear!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Tons – it’s just easier for you to check out my Twitter page.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: I don’t have a new charity this week, so keep sending your donations to LaDorka’s National MS Walk.

Weekly Count Down: 16 Days until Michael & Angela’s Photo Reception at Barista’s in Kingston on July 18th 1-4PM.  You can RSVP here.

The Weekly Holiday: Independence Day.  Hug a soldier and thank them for their service.

What are you doing this holiday weekend?

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