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• Earle Dickson was a cotton buyer working for Johnson & Johnson in 1921 when his wife’s kitchen mishaps inspired an invention. His bride was frequently cutting her fingers while preparing meals, and he was patching up her injuries with gauze and adhesive tape. Dickson developed a compact bandage of small pieces of gauze and surgical tape that could be easily applied, and pitched his idea to plant management. A position as company vice president came along as the years went by, as well as a place on the board of directors. When Dickson died in 1961, Johnson & Johnson’s sales of Band-Aids topped $30 million a year. • As a Minnesota manufacturing plant worker during the World War I era, Charles Strite partook of his meals in the plant cafeteria. After being served burned toast countless times, he devised a machine that would turn off the heat and pop up the bread when the toast was done. Although General Electric had already marketed a toaster in 1909, their model only toasted one side at a time and had to be manually turned off. Strite added springs and a timer to his appliance and patented his “Toastmaster.” His later models added a lightness and darkness lever. • While Swiss chemist and textile engineer Jacques Brandenberger was seated in a restaurant in the early 1900s, a glass of wine was spilled on the tablecloth. As the chemist watched the waiter replace the cloth, an idea occurred to him — a transparent, protective film that would make cloth waterproof. After many experiments, he came up with what we know today as cellophane. The first company to use cellophane in the United States was the Whitman’s candy company, which wrapped its fine chocolates in the film. Brandenberger’s patent rights were later sold to the Dupont company. In 1912, he also began manufacturing a clear, thin film used in making gas masks. • Josephine Cochran didn’t invent the mechanical dishwasher because she was tired of washing dishes. This socialite politician’s wife was just tired of her hired help chipping and breaking her dishes! In 1886, she invented the Cochran Dishwasher, and the contraption made its debut at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, winning the fair’s highest award. Businesses were the only ones who seemed interested, and a smaller home model didn’t come out until 1914. She founded a company for her dishwasher, one which eventually became Kitchen Aid.

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As we age, many of us find that our walking speed gets slower. Most of us assume that it’s a function of age and that it’s inevitable. It’s not. Researchers compared natural walking speed and life expectancy and came to some startling conclusions. They combined the results of nine different studies and followed 34,000 participants for up to 21 years. Each participant was age 65 or older with an average age of 73 years. Their natural walking speed, from a standing start, was measured and timed for short distances. The result of the studies: Those who naturally have an above-average walking speed will generally also have a longer-than-average life expectancy. Researchers were able to correlate current age with walking speed and predict the likely survival ages. For those participants age 75 and older, the information was especially on target. Additionally, researchers realized that the information was valuable enough to be used as a standard assessment, such as blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and general mobility tests. That’s not to say you should intentionally start walking faster. Your body picks its own natural speed. However, it wouldn’t hurt to have your doctor do a test so see how fast you normally walk. It can be done easily in a hallway of the doctor’s office by a nurse or practitioner. If you walk slower than average, your doctor could look for the reasons why, as walking speed is an indication of the overall state of your health. If a problem is identified and then remedied, your normal walking speed may increase -which will put you in a category of those who have a longer life expectancy and better body functioning. Wear your sneakers to the doctor’s


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• Why does your shoe seem to come untied all the time? Shoelaces of today are often made of synthetic fibers, which makes them slippery and more apt to come undone than cotton ones. Synthetics, however, are longer-lasting and less prone to rot. Untied shoes shouldn’t always be viewed as a nuisance. According to an old superstition, if your laces continually become untied, it’s a sign that you will receive a letter full of good news. • Teaching a child to tie his shoes? Remember the age-old rhyme — “Right over left, left over right, makes a knot both tidy and tight.”

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• On Feb. 15, 1903, candy-store owner Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window in Brooklyn, N.Y., advertising them as Teddy bears, after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Other toy manufacturers soon began turning out copies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which would become a national childhood institution. • On Feb. 14, 1929, in Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment of organized crime boss Al Capone murder seven members of George “Bugs” Moran’s North Siders gang. The so-called St. Valentine’s Day Massacre motivated federal authorities to redouble their efforts to find evidence incriminating enough to take Capone off the streets. • On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of all people from military areas. The military in turn defined the entire West Coast as a military area, and more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were relocated to remote internment camps around the country. • On Feb. 18, 1959, Ray Charles records “What’d I Say,” which went on to become one of the greatest rhythm-and-blues records ever made. The call-and-response song was created to fill time at the end of a concert, and the crowd loved it. • On Feb. 20, 1974, Reg Murphy, an editor of The Atlanta Constitution, is kidnapped after being lured from his home by William Williams. Murphy was released after a $700,000 ransom was paid. Within hours, Williams and his wife, Betty, were captured. • On Feb. 17, 1986, Anne Tyler wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for her novel “The Accidental Tourist” (1985). The book, about the life of a travel-book writer after the death of his son and his subsequent divorce, became a bestseller was later made into a movie starring Inventionsand that should have stayed un-invented: William Hurt.

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