A teenager into ice skating isn’t very unusual, and it doesn’t necessarily mark that teen out for future financial success. In Chester Greenwood’s case, his love of the winter sport was hindered only by the bitterly cold weather that hurt his ears. After experimenting with a few quick solutions, Greenwood enlisted his grandmother’s help. He made wire circles, she sewed velvet and fur on them, and the first earmuffs were created. That was back in 1874, and Greenwood was only 15 at the time.
Via SF Gate
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