In 1872, he patented a scrapbook that already had glue applied to the pages. Each page was like a giant postage stamp, so instead of fumbling with Krazy Glue, you just had to lick the page up and down (something Twain had a lot of practice with, again, on your great-grandmother).
McDonald's Gave Us Redbox
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Redbox is the last defiant holdout of the physical video industry. You would probably assume that it was Blockbuster's idea -- a frantic effort to tread water as the Internet tsunami washed away their profit margins -- but, no, Redbox was originally an idea by McDonald's.
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It was the second nonfood item on the Dollar Menu, after the McNugget.
When profits started to decline in 2002, the fast-food company started exploring other things that they could make "fast." The first experiment was something called the "Tik Tok Easy Shop," a giant vending machine that sold everything from milk and eggs to diapers. The Tik Tok Easy Shop failed catastrophically, probably because people buying their diapers from McDonald's is the kind of dystopian parody world you would expect to read about in a George Orwell novel.
Their breakfast burritos, for comparison, were dreamed up by H.P. Lovecraft.
However, another experiment, a vending machine for DVD rentals, took off massively. Redbox was a huge success at its first location -- a McDonald's restaurant in Denver -- and they soon expanded to more. Eventually, McDonald's sold about half the company to Coinstar, and Redbox moved into supermarkets, pharmacies, and the hearts of people too old to understand the Internet.