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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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Nope.

WD-40 was developed in 1953 by the Rocket Chemical Company. 

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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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Did you know that If Pinokio says “My Noes Will Grow Now”, it would cause a paradox? 

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Frank White
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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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Smart, Coca Cola did the same thing. 

Mark Bartlett
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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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Rafael, 

You have to start with "Did you know" ; )

Somewhere I got it in my head that patents still had to name the actual Inventor, perhaps this changed under the first to file..? Could be they are claiming the origin of the innovation?  Would be interesting to know who made the claim or if they even had to?

Rafael Avila
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Did you know; that one Japanese company makes half of all the zippers in the world..? About 7 billion per year!! Going back to WWII, as suppliers couldn't always meet their needs, they would develop their own machines to do so. Many of which where kept behind closed doors as trade secrets.

"YKK smelts its own brass, concocts its own polyester, spins and twists its own thread, weaves and color-dyes cloth for its zipper tapes, forges and molds its scooped zipper teeth, extrudes the monofilament for coil zippers, hammers and paints the sliders, clamps the stops, attaches the dangley pulls in a thousand varieties, and even fabricates the cardboard boxes in which zippers are packaged."

Rafael Avila
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@Michael, 

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

LOL :)

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Ha..! We wouldn't be be Inventors if we didn't..! ; )

Rafael Avila
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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.'

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Michael Heagerty
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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?

Michael Heagerty
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Did you know some interesting facts about the Guards of the Tomb of the Unknowns?


1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about faceand moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30 inches.

7. What are the Guard's commitments?

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way. The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.   After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. 

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington,DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.

Thom C
Michael Heagerty
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Frank, I did not know that man.

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