Some inventions save people’s lives; others improve them. Some creations—such as light bulbs and automobiles—even spark revolutions that forever change human history. And then there are those inventions the arise from such odd-yet-simple ideas that make us ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” As it turns out, the money landed by out-of-left-field innovations surprisingly stacks up just as high and profitable as that raked in by world-shaking inventions. Here are 10 unusual and perplexing products of human creativity that made a ton of money.
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It’s official: Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. Against all odds, polls, and projections, the GOP candidate beat out Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in a stunning upset, effectively ending one of the most contentious and unpredictable presidential elections in modern political history.
This week Groupon Inc. announced it will acquire LivingSocial, its onetime big rival that was partly owned by Amazon, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will unite two of the top names in the once popular daily deal business sector that has recently fallen out of favor with both investors and consumers in recent years…. View Article
Last Week PepsiCo announced it will significantly reduce the amount of sugar, sodium and fat in many of its products worldwide by 2025. The beverage and snack food giant says the change is in response to consumer’s growing demand for healthier and more nutritious foods, as well as new dietary guidelines from the World Health… View Article
Over the weekend AT&T announced they have finally reached an agreement to buy Time Warner for a whopping $85 billion. If the deal passes through regulation, the merger would combine one of the biggest distribution companies with one of the biggest TV and movies producers, in effect creating one of the most powerful media companies… View Article
Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the U.S., announced this week that they will close for Thanksgiving Day—a bold move that disrupts the increasingly early Black Friday shopping trend of recent years. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, Mall of America has been open for business on the Thanksgiving holiday for the past four years, following the… View Article
In August the FBI secretly arrested a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who allegedly stole top secret intelligent information — including highly sensitive computer code the agency has been using to breach the security networks of foreign governments. The arrest, which was reported Wednesday in the New York Times, revealed the accused contractor — Harold Thomas Martin… View Article
On Thursday afternoon, Yahoo officially confirmed data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history. In the statement, the recently-sold internet giant said it believes a “state-sponsored actor” — an individual acting on behalf of a government — was behind the… View Article
Amid an intensifying national debate over the rising cost of medications, a bipartisan group of Senate and House members introduced a bill last Thursday that would require drug makers to justify any price increase of more than 10 percent and to provide a breakdown of their financials before raising the medication’s cost. Under the newly… View Article
Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 7 — along with a slew of other new products — at its annual Keynote event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The tech giant also revealed one of the most polarizing decisions it has made in recent history, and one that will forever likely alter the consumer audio industry. In… View Article
It’s the latest move in a long, long come-back plan Earlier this week, Chipotle announced they are offering free kids’ meals to children 12 and under every Sunday throughout the month of September with the purchase of any regular adult menu item. This is the latest in a long string of promotions aimed at winning patrons… View Article
Apple’s ambitions in the digital health technology sector continue to expand with its latest acquisition of Gliimpse, a startup that aims to make it easier for patients to manage their personal health records and data. Although Apple frequently purchases smaller companies, they rarely formally announce their acquisitions. However, the tech giant did confirm the Gliimpse purchase… View Article