Who Invented the Chia Pet?

Who Invented the Chia Pet?...

Chia pet is a popular brand name of animal figurines that could be collected. The merchandises originated in San Francisco, California. The animals portrayed by the products are the ones that can be seen in Mexico. The products are called chia pet because these are made from chia, a plant species that was cultivated by early people in the country. The products became famous in the 1980s and the early 1990s but the popularity declined in the late 1990s. Making the figurine needs time and dedication from the manufacturer. To learn more about the figurines, let us take a look at the history of the chia pet. History of the Product Who invented the chia pet? The Chia pet was invented by Joseph Enterprises Inc. in 1977. When the product was initially launched to the U.S. commercial market, many consumers became interested in the figurine. The first animal figurine that was created by the firm is a ram. It was called as the chia ram. In the 1980s, other animal figurines were introduced are puppy, bull and kitten. In 1993 year, the company decided to develop figurines of different animals like turtle and bunny. Aside from these, it also offered the herb garden. In the late 1990s to early 2000s, the company created animal figurines of bear and lion cub. Additionally, Joseph Enterprises Inc. introduced figurines of cartoon characters and political personalities. Additional Information and Other Important Details Joseph Enterprises Inc. does not own a trademark or patent for the product, which means that other companies can produce the same item. To prevent others from imitating the figurines, the company made sure that the procedures for making the merchandise would not be revealed to others. However, in the early...
Who Invented Chalk?

Who Invented Chalk?

Your first encounter with chalk might have been in the classroom where you often see your teachers use them to write on a chalkboard. The most familiar form of chalk a lot of people have come familiar with is made of slender sticks around a quarter of an inch thick and about three inches long. You might even have come to wonder who invented chalk. Who Invented Chalk It might come as a disappointment to find out that no one can tell who invented chalk. Chalk is readily found in nature and has been used as a tool for drawing and writing for quite a long time. Drawings that date even to the prehistoric times have been discovered by archaeologists. The earliest chalk writings/drawings have been found in caves. As time went by artists from various countries used chalk to make drawings and sketches. Their work was protected using shellac or any comparable substance. For the convenience of these artists, a major innovation was introduced – chalks shaped into sticks. Even though chalk artists can’t be credited as the ones who invented chalk, their need introduced an innovation that would last for centuries. Making Chalk In the same way we don’t know who invented chalk, we also don’t know who invented the method to make chalk into sticks. What we know is that the method starts by grinding natural chalk into a very fine powdery form. Water is then added along with clay and various color pigments depending on what color of chalk you want to make. The clay actually acts as a binder of some sort. The mixture will initially look something like putty that would be rolled and shaped into cylinders and then would be left to...
Who Invented the Smoke Detector?

Who Invented the Smoke Detector?...

The history of smoke detectors started with American inventor Francis Robbins Upton. He created the first fire alarm in 1890. The patent no. was 436,961. He was a colleague of Thomas Edison but there’s evidence Edison worked on the device. Other Smoke Detectors Upton’s invention was very basic and other models would appear. The next one appeared by accident. In 1930. Swiss physicist Walter Jaeger was trying to make a sensor for poisonous gas. He was hoping that the gas would go in the sensor and ionize air. But the gas didn’t alter any currents. Jaeger lit a cigarette and saw the meter current go down. Jaeger’s discovery that smoke would affect the sensors changed the history of smoke detectors and how they were made. The Emergence of Home Smoke Detectors But these devices hardly made an impact. Electronic equipment made manufacturing very expensive. It wasn’t until the mid 1960s that affordable smoke alarms could be made. The few smoke detectors that were available were so expensive only large companies bothered to install them. The first home detectors were made by  Duane Pearsall in 1965. Their model made use of batteries. The design made it easy for homeowners to replace them. In 1975 Peterson and Pearsall began manufacturing smoke detectors. Their company Statitrol Corp was the first in the history of smoke detectors to sell the products. These models were comprised of metal and resistant to fire. The battery was made by Gates Energy. It didn’t take long before the rechargeable batteries were replaced by double A batteries. The devices proved very successful. By 1977, the company was shipping 500 units daily. In 1980, Statitrol sold its invention rights to Emerson Electrics. Sears would end up selling the product....
Who Invented Plastic Wrap?

Who Invented Plastic Wrap?...

Plastic wrap is such a common and ordinary thing you can find in every house every day. If you have food left over after a meal it is sometimes quite common to put them in a plate and cover them with this film. The idea is to cover and seal off any food you want to put inside containers in order to keep them fresh. Its invention is credited to Ralph Wiley from Dow Chemical. You will usually get plastic wrap in rolls contained in boxes. Each box usually comes with a cutting edge to make cutting the plastic film a lot easier. Every plastic film sticks to containers like an adhesive sealing food tight. It takes on different names depending on the location. In the United Kingdom, it’s called a cling-film. Some people in the United States call it cling wrap while it is called glad wrap. Invention of the Plastic Wrap The very first sheet of plastic ever used for wrapping anything was called cellophane. It was invented by Jacques Brandenberger, a Swiss chemist, in 1911. It was used as packaging and was quite favored due to the fact that it was transparent. However, it was never used to wrap or seal food. Needless to say, that isn’t the same as the plastic wrap that we use nowadays. The plastic wrap that we are familiar with is used primarily to wrap or cover food. Saran is the very first sheet of plastic to be used to wrap food. Saran or Saran Wrap is a trade name of Dow Chemical. This actually refers to various polymers and monomers that has properties that act like a barrier. Compared to other plastics, this plastic wrap is able to contain aroma...
Who Invented Silk?

Who Invented Silk?

The Silkworm Legend Silk has its origins in China. According to them, the first person to discover it was the Yellow Emperor’s consort, Hsi Leng Shih in 3,000 BC. One day she sat under a mulberry tree in the royal garden to enjoy her tea. A cocoon fell from above into the hot liquid. When it did the strong silk thread unwound itself. The empress began raising silkworm and also invented the loom. In honor of her discovery, they gave her the title “Silk Goddess.” Archeological Evidence of Silk A recent archeological discovery appears to contradict this legend. It is a cup made from ivory and inscribed with silkworm designs. Along with the cup, they also found silk-making equipment. The items are believed to be about 6,000 to 7,000 years old. This has led experts to believe that silk must have been invented some 10,000 years ago! Excavations in China reveal further evidence of silkworm farming. In 1927 they found part of a cocoon along the Yellow River. It was estimated to be from between 2,500 to 2,300 years BC. Another find was a group of threads, ribbons and other pieces of silk dating as far as back 3,000 BC. These were unearthed in Zhejiang province. Use of Silk Silk was highly prized by the Chinese. At first, only royalty could wear it, notably the Emperor, his chief consort and his heir. Favored colors were white and yellow. Commoners were banned from using it. However people used silk in other ways. They would use it as parts for bow strings, musical instruments and fishing equipment. Silk was even used as currency. Eventually the old laws went lax and everyone could wear silk just like their king. Silk was quite...
Who Invented Aluminum Foil?

Who Invented Aluminum Foil?...

A study of the history of aluminum foil indicates that on April 2, 1889, Charles Martin Hall got a patent for producing the metal. The first rolling plant came out in 1910, called Dr. Lauber, Neher, Cie and Emmishofen. This was in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Early History and Origin Before aluminum foil came out, tin foil was used for packing foods and other products. The metal was stiff and could leave an adverse effect on the food. It was in 1825 that aluminum was discovered, courtesy of Hans Christian Oersted. The Danish chemist was the first to show actual samples of the foil. In 1845, the German scientist Friedrich Wohler was able to produce bigger samples. Through his work the basic characteristics of the metal could be discerned. This was a crucial point in the history of aluminum foil. It was in 1854 that the French chemist Henry Deville developed the means for mass producing it. Despite his efforts, foil was still too expensive to be of any practical use. It was not until Hall’s invention that the material became affordable. The patent number of the US inventor was #400,666. In 1888, Hall set up the Pittsburgh Reduction Company. It would become known as the Aluminum Company of America. From $1,200 a kilo in 1852, the cost of aluminum foil had gone down to 18 cents per pound in 1914. Another important inventor was Karl Joseph Bayer. In 1888, the Austrian chemist invented a process so aluminum oxide could be extracted from bauxite. This was another vital chapter in the history of aluminum foil. Today his methodology is still being used. The Lauber Aluminum Rolling Plant The Lauber plant in Switzerland was maintained by J.G. Neher and his sons. Their...
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