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  • 9 Gems From The U.S. Patent Office's Pizza Patent Collection

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    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some folks would have you believe that pizza is perfect and isn't in need of changing, but those are the same people who said, "The moon is for lookin' at, not walkin' on." Thankfully for humankind, there are intrepid inventors out there who keep pushing the envelope, looking for new ways to make pizza even better, and the U.S. Patent Office is full of their amazing ideas. Here are nine examples of patent applications that were submitted, "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because…
  • 9 Gems From The U.S. Patent Office's Pizza Patent Collection

    Mental Floss
    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some folks would have you believe that pizza is perfect and isn't in need of changing, but those are the same people who said, "The moon is for lookin' at, not walkin' on." Thankfully for humankind, there are intrepid inventors out there who keep pushing the envelope, looking for new ways to make pizza even better, and the U.S. Patent Office is full of their amazing ideas. Here are nine examples of patent applications that were submitted, "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because…
  • Baffling sartorial crazes are hardly a modern development.

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    30 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Baffling sartorial crazes are hardly a modern development.7 of History's Strangest Fashion Trendsmentalfloss.com
  • 10 Horrifying Demons and Spirits from Japanese Folklore

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    29 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    10 Horrifying Demons and Spirits from Japanese Folklore
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  • 9 Gems From The U.S. Patent Office's Pizza Patent Collection

    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some folks would have you believe that pizza is perfect and isn't in need of changing, but those are the same people who said, "The moon is for lookin' at, not walkin' on." Thankfully for humankind, there are intrepid inventors out there who keep pushing the envelope, looking for new ways to make pizza even better, and the U.S. Patent Office is full of their amazing ideas. Here are nine examples of patent applications that were submitted, "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because…
  • Why Is It Called "Mischief Night"?

    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For most of the country, the day before Halloween is known simply as October 30th. But for people in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, the evening before All Hallow's Eve is known as "Mischief Night," a celebration of pranks and light marauding. The name comes from the UK, where the night is still celebrated in some counties (although often on different dates and under different names). The Guardian reports that the earliest known appearance of the term is from 1790, in writings about a Headmaster at St John's College, Oxford who had "encouraged a school play which ended in 'an Ode to Fun…
  • 7 Strange Historical Fashion Trends

    Abbey Stone
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technicolored hair, body piercings, armadillo shoes—you’d think the 21st century had a lock on out-there fashion trends. But baffling sartorial crazes are hardly a modern development. From voluminous wigs to personal air fresheners to a town full of stilt-walkers, you’ll find the history books are filled with eyebrow-raising fashions meant to show off one’s social status. Here are seven trends that will make you grateful for jeggings (well, almost). 1. Scented Cones British Museum Tomb paintings from Ancient Egypt—such as the above, from the Tomb of Nebamun, c. 1350 BCE—depict…
  • How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

    Jen Doll the mag
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from an industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment.
  • 5 Questions: I Am

    Kara Kovalchik
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
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  • 9 Gems From The U.S. Patent Office's Pizza Patent Collection

    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some folks would have you believe that pizza is perfect and isn't in need of changing, but those are the same people who said, "The moon is for lookin' at, not walkin' on." Thankfully for humankind, there are intrepid inventors out there who keep pushing the envelope, looking for new ways to make pizza even better, and the U.S. Patent Office is full of their amazing ideas. Here are nine examples of patent applications that were submitted, "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because…
  • Why Is It Called "Mischief Night"?

    Nick Greene
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    For most of the country, the day before Halloween is known simply as October 30th. But for people in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, the evening before All Hallow's Eve is known as "Mischief Night," a celebration of pranks and light marauding. The name comes from the UK, where the night is still celebrated in some counties (although often on different dates and under different names). The Guardian reports that the earliest known appearance of the term is from 1790, in writings about a Headmaster at St John's College, Oxford who had "encouraged a school play which ended in 'an Ode to Fun…
  • 7 Strange Historical Fashion Trends

    Abbey Stone
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technicolored hair, body piercings, armadillo shoes—you’d think the 21st century had a lock on out-there fashion trends. But baffling sartorial crazes are hardly a modern development. From voluminous wigs to personal air fresheners to a town full of stilt-walkers, you’ll find the history books are filled with eyebrow-raising fashions meant to show off one’s social status. Here are seven trends that will make you grateful for jeggings (well, almost). 1. Scented Cones British Museum Tomb paintings from Ancient Egypt—such as the above, from the Tomb of Nebamun, c. 1350 BCE—depict…
  • How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

    Jen Doll the mag
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from an industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment.
  • 5 Questions: I Am

    Kara Kovalchik
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
 
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