Forty (40) Simple Inventions that made Inventors or Companies Residual Wealth or Millions

Forty (40) Simple Inventions that made Inventors or Companies Residual Wealth or Millions

1. J.C. Hormel of Hormel Foods in the 1930’s, rather than disposing of excess pork shoulders, he combined them with sodium nitrate and water to create a jellied loaf of canned table meat, popularly known as Spam. More than 6 billion cans of Spam have been produced. http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8#q=history+of+J.C.+Hormel+of+Hormel+Foods&hl=en&rlz=1R2GFRD_enUS355&tbs=tl:1&tbo=u&ei=s
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2. The History of Jello: Frank Woodward, a school dropout and, who by the age of 20 had his own business, bought the rights to Jell-O for $450. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bljello.htm

3. The chocolate chip Toll House cookie was a MISTAKE! http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/wakefield.html

4. Kitty Litter is a huge hit: http://www.essortment.com/all/kittylitterwho_rixo.htm

5. Q-Tip: http://www.qtips.com/history.php

6. Scotch Tape: http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&tbo=p&rlz=1R2GFRD_enUS355&tbs=tl%3A1&q=Scotch+tape&aq=&aqi=g6g-c1g1g-c1g1&aql=&oq=Scotch+tape&fp=60911712a90c7586

7. LaserMonks: LaserMonks.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe County, 90 miles northwest of Madison. Yeah, real monks refilling your cartridges. Hallelujah! Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million!

8. FitDeck: Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disastrous idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported 2005 sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what the military pays.

9. Twist ties: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_invented_the_twist_tie

10. Cotton Candy: http://www.cottoncandyexpress.com/history.html

11. Butterflies make millions: http://www.amazingbutterflies.com

12. FitDeck – Playing cards with an exercise theme (4.7 million)

13. Minute Rice: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/03/31/gadgets-can-make-your-fortune/

14. Birdseye frozen food ($22,000,000): http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/03/31/gadgets-can-make-your-fortune/

15. Billy-Bob Teeth: http://www.asylum.com/2010/01/11/9-dumb-inventions-that-made-people-stupidly-rich/

16. Airborne health formula: http://airbornehealth.com/about/our-belief

17. Big Mouth Billy Bass: http://www.talkingpresents.com/Big_Mouth_Billy_Bass_p/big_mouth_billy_bass.htm

18. HeadOn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeadOn

19. OxiClean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OxiClean

20. ShamWow!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Offer

21. Snuggie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeved_blanket

22. Baby Einstein™: http://www.babyeinstein.com/home/

23. One Minute Manicure: http://www.oneminutemanicure.com/

24. Umbrellas Plus: http://www.worldgolf.com/newswire/browse/5024-Umbrella-Plus-offers-rain-protection-and-golf-practice-tool-in-one

25. Lava Lamp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_lamp

26. Windshield Wiper: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/windwiper.htm

27. Ballpoint Pen: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ballpen.htm

28. Band-Aid: http://inventors.about.com/od/bstartinventions/a/bandaid.htm

29. Chicken Soup For The Soul: http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&source=hp&q=Chicken+Soup+For+The+Soul&rlz=1R2GFRD_enUS355&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&fp=a73b11f867dbecea

30. Bubble Gum: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/bubblegum.htm

31. Mr. Potato Head: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Potato_Head

32. Can Opener: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/canopener.htm

33. Crayons: http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/crayons.htm

34. Jigsaw Puzzle: http://www.mgcpuzzles.com/mgcpuzzles/puzzle_history/

35. Popsicle: http://www.icecreamusa.com/popsicle/history/

36. Toilet Paper: http://nobodys-perfect.com/vtpm/exhibithall/informational/tphistory.html

37. Hot Dogs: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HotDog/HDIndex.htm

38. Kevlar: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/kevlar.htm

39. Kite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite

40. Kool-Aid: http://www.hastingsmuseum.org/koolaid/kahistory.htm

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