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World’s Dumbest Inventions

Before “rocketmail” was the name of a short-lived free e-mail service in the late ’90s, it was an idea propounded by German inventor Professor Oberth, who thought it was a good idea to literally use a high-velocity, ill-aimed projectile to deliver mail from Berlin to New York City.


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Inventors Whose Inventions Killed Them

During the Great Storm of 1703, he and five others perished when they refused to leave the lighthouse, guiding ships from the rocks, and the tower collapsed.


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Marketing With Historical Fiction

In early 1849, Joshua Shelby was working as a cook in a fancy St.


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Opportunities in Wine Packaging: Cans of Wine

In June, Infinite Monkey Theorem, a hip winery in Denver, began selling its black muscat, a slightly effervescent wine with a subtle taste of litchi, in a small black can emblazoned with its monkey logo.



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Save Your Pennies: They’ll Be Worth Millions Some Day

You know what they say: “a penny saved is a penny earned,”


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Infographic: The Evolution of the Entrepreneur

When we hear the word “entrepreneur,” we tend to conjure up images of tech magnates or other computer-based startup business owners.


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How Potato Chips Are Made Today

Ed Herr of Herr Foods estimates that if they currently made potato chips the same way they did back in the 1940s, they’d cost about $25 a bag.


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Business Opportunities Weblog Turns 11!

My father and I had a small business in Modesto, California called Nickel News.


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Could Morse Patent The Internet?

This would have been a patent for all uses of the telegraph—and would also have included the Internet.