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That’s Right: Silly Makes Money

 

That’s Right: Silly Makes Money

by Amy Lignor

 

One of the most often seen headlines of late comes from the world of entrepreneurs: how up-and-comers with silly ideas are raking in the dough and living large. Whether this is because there are no jobs out there and people have to take it upon themselves to make money; or it’s because more and https://www.youtube.com/user/MySquattyPottymore people want to be self-employed because they’re sick of the jobs they currently have – it doesn’t really matter. The fact is that great “ideas” have been appearing left and right lately; even some that have people laughing when they first hear about them. Have you heard of the Squatty Potty yet? Well, this is a silly name, and was laughed at by the billionaires when the creators of the product came on “Shark Tank” and presented their idea. Of course, the sharks laughed for only just a moment, until they found out how much cash this product was raking in. One took the idea and ran with it, and now…Squatty Potty’s are popping up in every household!

This is not new, by the way. Some of the silliest creations/ideas in this world ended up “catching on” and bringing in loads of cash to their creators.

 

Let’s step back in time…

 

You are sitting at your desk in 2016. What is the one thing that you need and can be found on every single desk around the globe? No. Not a computer. That’s a given. We are talking silly, here. They began as just yellow, square pieces of paper and became an innovation that changed the world forever. The man’s name was Dr. Spencer Silver, and he had invented an adhesive in the late 1960s which was unlike anything that had come before. A man named Arthur Fry used the adhesive to stop a bookmark from slipping out of a choir book. The adhesive did not tear the paper and…the Post-it was born. Ever since then, no desk has been without a package of Post-it notes. Although, now they can choose all different kinds of colors.

 

Sometimes all you need is a catchy little jingle. Remember this? “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s…Slinky!” And in 2016, the Slinky is still selling. Amongst all these tablets, smartphones, 3-D technology and so much more, this humble little thing is still something that appears in a child’s Christmas stocking. His name was Richard James; he had an odd day in his life when he hit a tension spring onto the floor. He made note (in his mind, because the Post-it hadn’t been created yet) of how the spring continued to flip over. $250 million in profits and climbing once again, the Slinky is still “a wonderful toy, that’s great for a girl or a boy!”

 

Here’s the one I still don’t understand even though it came out the decade I was born and sold off the charts. His name was Gary Dahl, and in the 1970’s he made a small, cute little box, threw some hay into it, and placed a rock with eyes on top of the hay. These were pets that anyone and everyone could have (and everyone did have one or more) that did not need feeding, walking, training, etc. Pet Rocks were a gag gift, nothing more, yet the gag brought in billions.

The final one that should most definitely be given a “shout-out” to, most likely made a whole lot of money because of this world’s continued obsession with magic and the occult. (No rolling of the eyes here.) Even the TV stations in 2016 air every ghost story, clairvoyant, person who speaks to dogs, to the dead, to the curtains – heck, they speak with everything now. Tarot cards, the Ouija board – some of these items are actually seen as “medical” devices that can tell your future correctly or allow you to speak to spirits who want to be heard. In the 1940s, the man’s name was Albert Carter; he took what he saw, having a mother who considered herself to be a clairvoyant, and created the Magic 8 Ball. Ask it a question, shake it, and you will receive the answer (key creepy music here). The only downside of the thing is when, “Ask Again Later,” seems to come up every time you ask a question. Yet here it is, 2016, and the Magic 8 Ball is still being manufactured.

 

What would the billionaire brains in the “Shark Tank” have said to these inventors way back when if they’d brought in their ideas? They would have been laughed out the door. So for all you entrepreneurs out there who have the next Pet Rock, don’t give up. You may just have the one product that will cause this globe to run to the stores and jump online ASAP in order to buy that perfect product they just HAVE to have.

 

Source:  Baret News

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

 

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

by Amy Lignor

 

As times move forward, technology expands. However, so does the imagination. No, I’m not talking about a new cell phone or animatronic device that creates pumpkins; I’m talking about some seriously cool ways to carve pumpkins that are popping up all over the internet. Unique, awesome, colorful – people across the U.S. have used their imaginations during the 21st century to create some of the most stunning pumpkins you will definitely want to place on your holiday table, or outside on the doorstep, so those tick-o’-treaters coming to your door will be downright amazed.

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Image: Hallmark

 

You’ve seen them on commercials; you use them every day on your computers and cellphones; and NOW you can make your pumpkins look just like them. Introducing, the Emoji Carved Pumpkins. Oh yes…they wink, they smirk, you can even make their eyes into little hearts and allow that candle inside the pumpkin to beam your love for the holiday all over town. (Check out the Bespoke Bride video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fnku-nkgwk. It is super-cute!)

 

You will fall in love with this one when you see it. It also, unfortunately, will make you want to run to burger King ASAP. Fight that sudden craving, but run right out and get yourself a pumpkin in order to add this decoration to the house. Called the Original Hamburger Pumpkin, this is nothing short of delicious-looking. (http://theoriginalhamburger.com/2012/10/25/diy-hamburger-pumpkin/)

 

While doing this research, the Diorama Carved Pumpkin appeared on the “best of the best” list. You can use real pumpkins or even plastic pumpkins and props. Either way, these are some of the coolest pumpkin ideas you’ll ever see. And if you choose to go with plastic, just think…you’ll be able to store them and re-use them year after ‘scary’ year. (Check them out at: http://www.eatknitanddiy.com/2013/10/diy-halloween-diorama/)

 

Now THIS one is not only chic, but it also comes in handy. Just think about opening that door to the witch or the warlock standing outside and handing out your candy from the Candy Jar Carved Pumpkin. This one is pure style, folks. (http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/10/pumpkin-carving-ideas.html)

 

Something beautiful on the scariest of all evenings? Easy to do when you decide to carve this Starry Night Pumpkin. Vintage, classic – all you need are some carving skills and you will be taking and posting pics of this one all night long. (http://homeologymodernvintage.com/starry-night-pumpkin-luminary/)

 

Head to the beloved and famous Hallmark, because the company that always has the perfect card for every occasion also has some of the perfect ideas for pumpkin carving. The very best idea discovered during all this research is Hallmark’s Carriage Pumpkin. Using paint, glitter, candy, as well as a big pumpkin so that Cinderella is comfortable while she heads to the ball, your kids will be enthralled with this one. Another on their list of ideas comes in the form of a “Gruesome Twosome.” This is a mummy bride and groom that with some cute little props, you can create a couple who stays together until they…well, rot. All I can say about these unique pumpkins is: “All Hail, Hallmark!” Cards are not the only things these people do really, really well. (http://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/halloween-ideas/pumpkin-carving-ideas/)

 

Want a creepy forest to decorate the lawn? Then sit down and carve the Scary Forest Pumpkin from HGTV. If you’re really a master chef and own those carving skills, make it even more elite with a few forest creatures running through the scene. (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/pumpkin-carving-ideas-pictures?s=2&%3fsoc=pinterest)

 

And if you don’t happen to own carving skills, like me, who can barely cut a straight line, there is a pumpkin project for you that both you and your kids would absolutely love to add to your Halloween decorations. “How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins” at www.hgtv.com/…/handmade/how-to-make-black-cat-pumpkins gives you complete information and directions on how to create kitty cats without having to carve a single thing. The perfect arts and crafts project, all you need is some black exterior paint, markers, glue, construction paper – all the little things that you already most likely have sitting around the house. All you need is the pumpkin!

 

We all know without pumpkins, Halloween just isn’t Halloween. So head to these sites (or research more, because there are a whole bunch of ideas out there) and light up the night. You’ll have those eerie ghosts and goblins cracking a smile at the enchanted spectacle you make!

 

 

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Image: Eat Knit and DDIY

Source:  Baret News