Archive for ‘Innovation Facts’

December 6, 2013


Edward H. Johnson put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882.  Johnson, Thomas Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree. Not only was the tree illuminated with electricity, it also revolved.


September 10, 2013


Pop Rocks were invented by food chemist William A. Mitchell, who worked for General  Foods.  He also invented Tang, Cool Whip, quick-setting Jell-O, a tapioca  substitute, and powdered egg whites, among other things.  He received over 70 patents in his lifetime.


June 20, 2013

The Fun Don’t Stop


 The man who invented the tubular Pringles can was Fredric J. Baur. He died on May, 4, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 89. The proud inventor requested that his cremated ashes be buried in a Pringles can.

June 18, 2013

We All Scream For Ice Cream!


Following a trip to New Orleans, Irv and Irma Robbins (part owners of Baskin-Robbins) were enjoying some souvenir pralines at home when inspiration hit. They rushed to the kitchen, mixed the pralines with Vanilla ice cream and a caramel ribbon—and Pralines ‘n Cream was born. It was such a hit that stores all over the country began running out. Advice columnist Dear Abby pleaded in print for its return. Headquarters received petitions with hundreds of signatures. And in Santa Barbara, students picketed local stores until Baskin-Robbins delivered a special production run of the flavor. It has been a permanent flavor ever since.


May 10, 2013



Mr. Peanut was first created in 1916 by Antonio Gentile a schoolboy who won a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.


April 25, 2013

Innovation Fact


A modern day cell phone has more computing power than all of NASA did in 1969 when the United States sent men to the moon.


April 15, 2013

Innovation Fact


Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had over mixed the soap mixture causing excess air bubbles that made it float.  Customers wrote and told  how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.


April 7, 2013

Innovation Fact


WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt.