Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that tweaks the viewer’s reflection in real-time to make it look like they’re smiling. The projected application for this tech is for use in shopping mall bathrooms, in hopes that happier shoppers will buy more.
A fifth wheel was a concept to help with parallel parking in the 1950’s.
ATM PINs were originally intended to have six digits, but have four because the inventor’s wife said she could only remember that many.
In the early 20’s, inventor Thomas Midgley Jr. discovered that he could make car engines more efficient by adding Tetraethyllead to gasoline, and was awarded a Nichols Medal. Later, it was discovered that the chemicals had filled the atmosphere with lead, leading to worldwide lead poisoning.
In the late 20’s, the same inventor synthesized one the first Chloroflourocarbons, known as CFC, and received the Perkin Medal. It was later discovered that the immense amounts of CFC produced by hairspray and other everyday products had reduced the ozone layer by 4% every decade since the invention. The wound is not expected to heal fully within our lifetimes.
At the age of 51, Midgley contracted polio. Unable to get out of bed by himself, he constructed a machine which could pull him out and help him stand without his family having to help. He got entangled in the wires, and died of suffocation. It is now believed that Midgley has affected our planet’s atmosphere more than any other organism that has ever existed.
A French man has developed a pill that makes your farts smell like chocolate.
Hitachi once produced an ATM that heated bills to 200 degrees C to kill any bacteria, then ironed them before dispensing.
A team of developers is taking the glow in the dark enzyme that is in certain Jellyfish and Fireflies and is creating bioluminescent trees. These trees can potentially light up public streets while being energy-neutral.
The inventor of the shopping cart had to pay people to push them around for 2 years before people would use them.
The potato chip was believed to have originated in 1853 when a chef had his fried potatoes sent back by an annoyed customer multiple times because the potatoes were “too thick”. He was fed up, cut the potatoes razor thin, and put extra salt on them. The customer, to his surprise, loved it.