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Did you know that NASA invented W-D 40 and many other products that we currently used today?

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glenninventor's Avatargold

It took 40 attempts to get the formula right, which is why it's call WD-40. The letters stand for Water Displacment.  This goes to show why we should never give up.

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keeztan's Avatargold

WD 40 is a classic example of a very successful product that was never patented. The inventor (Norman Larsen) declined to patent it so that the formula would not be exposed.

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I came up with an invention that I didn't think was patentable. So I told one of our suppliers about it and invited them to develop the idea into a product. Well, they patented it!!! They never were able to actually make the product. But that didn't stop them from suing everyone else I asked to develop it into a product. OMG the problems that it caused 6 years later!!! Bottom line, don't share IP so liberally. Get NDAs in place before you share!

Steven J. Frey
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@Michael, 

Did you know ... that I have trouble following directions?

LOL :)

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countofmontecristo's Avatar

Did you know that Perpetual Motion Inventions cannot be patented?

It actually used to state this right on the U.S.PT.O. home page!

Hint: You can use the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive) to view web pages as they looked back in specific times.  

Speaking of perpetual motion-

1. A buttered piece of toast if dropped will almost always land butter side down.

2.A cat will almost always land on its feet when dropped.

Therefore-

If you strap a buttered piece of toast onto a cats back and throw it in the air, it will spin rapidly as they are both trying to land first.   Perpetual motion!   LOL! : )

Derrick James
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Shoots Papa, I may have to change the wording on my stuff, to get it thru:)

Nice to see you again and say hi to Joyce

Aloha Charlie

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Did you know In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.'

Rafael Avila
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Did you know that a nuclear bomb was accidently dropped on the state of South Carolina and the state of North Carolina during the cold war?

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Frank, I did not know that man.

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