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Inventions That Could Have Changed the World...But Didn't!

Inventions That Could Have Changed the World...But Didn't!

Outlines the process of making and patenting inventions and presents innovations in such fields as transportation, appliances, child and pet care, and amusement that did not work, were too early or too late, or failed for other reasons.

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ISBN 9781623540241
Barcode 9781623540241
Published 1 May 2015 by Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Rhatigan, Joe
By Wildlife Federation, National
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ISBN-13 9781623540241
ISBN-10 1623540240
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Imprint Imagine Publishing, Inc
Publication Date 1 May 2015
International Publication Date 5 March 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Rhatigan, Joe
By Wildlife Federation, National
Category Science
Technology & Applied Sciences
Natural History, Dinosaurs & Pets
Number of Pages 80
Dimensions Width: 237mm
Height: 260mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 636g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Inventions - Juvenile literature - History, Technology - Juvenile literature - Social aspects
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 609
Catalogue Code 551904

Description of this Book

The fascinating stories of inventions that could have changed the world, should have made a difference, or would have astounded us all, but for one reason or another, didn't. Some inventions were too wacky, weird, or unwieldy. Other simply didn't work. And still others may be the next big thing . . . some day. Learn about the inventors, what they thought they would accomplish, and what--if anything--they did accomplish. Zany illustrations of the contraptions in use throughout.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review From Smell-O-Vision to a motorized pogo stick and an edible smartphone case, this romp through Patent Office records is a hilarious tribute to misapplied ingenuity. The world is bursting with ideas, Rhatigan observes. Unfortunately, not all of these ideas are good. In support, he digs up dozens of unlikely proposals--some of which, like Henry Ford's early Quadricycle and Thomas Edison's Talking Doll were harbingers of truly world-changing innovations. Most, though, like the Reid Flying Submarine, 19th-century rocking bathtubs, a suggestive party-game version of cup-and-ball played at waist level and the aforementioned movie theater Smell-O-Vision (and a competing technology, AromaRama ) never got off the ground due to obvious design flaws, expense or just inadequate marketing. Still, all were concocted in a spirit of enterprise, and by way of a hat tip, the author names nearly all of their inventors, renowned or otherwise. Owsley's cartoon visualizations of selected inventions in action join original patent drawings and occasional photos to provide comical commentary as much as to clarify physical and functional details. Casual browsers will come away mightily amused; would-be inventors will find here fresh inspiration, as well as encouragement to give their own wildest ideas a try.- Kirkus Reviews
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Joe Rhatigan is a well-respected editor and author, and has written many bestselling books, including the acclaimed White House Kids- The Perks, Pleasures, Problems and Pratfalls of the Presidents' Children, People You Gotta Meet Before You Grow Up, Don't Unravel When You Travel, and many more. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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