Fun Fact of the Day: The invention of Bubble Wrap was a happy mistake. The two men who invented it were originally trying to create textured wallpaper, but the machine they were using ended up producing the plastic sheets covered with air bubbles we all know and love today.
On this Day in History in 1790: Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor.
Fun Fact of the Day: You turn a fan on, and the air blows a tiny toy sailboat until it hits a domino, causing a chain reaction as hundreds of dominoes are knocked down. As the last domino falls, it pushes a lever that triggers a sharp blade to swing, cracking an egg onto a griddle. An overly elaborate contraption that accomplishes a simple task—in this case, cooking an egg—is an example of a Rube Goldberg Machine.
On this Day in History in 1837: Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system.