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You’re Never Too Old for Halloween

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Redditor Kristin_Ols23 posted this photograph of her 91-year-old grandfather. His costume for this Halloween is the Mayor of [...]

Do You Own The Space Above Your House?

Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos means “whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell.” This property right principle asserts that a person who owns a particular piece of land owns everything directly above and below that piece of land, no matter the distance, [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine.” Me? I’m a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor’s hand so tightly that everyone’s knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that [...]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dog House

In 1956, 12-year old Jim Berger wanted to build a house for his dog. So he asked the Frank Lloyd Wright to design one. In Berger’s favor, Wright had designed his family’s house. So he knew Berger and was on good terms with the kids’ family. The famous architect composed a complete set of plans [...]

The Taliesin Tragedy

Nearly 100 years ago today (97 if you’re really splitting hairs), some of the most horrific murders in the history of Wisconsin took place. And they involved none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, the famed architect. Wright’s was in the middle of building a home for himself and his mistress in Spring Green, Wis. He had [...]

Eight Amazing Garage Sale Finds

I made $8 at my mom’s garage sale last weekend. That wasn’t a typo – I only made eight dollars, which put me in the hole about $79 when you factor in the speeding ticket I got on the way to her house. Suffice it to say, I wish my luck ran more like that [...]

The Silly Putty Smackdown: Wright vs Warrick

The inventor of Silly Putty probably didn’t find the substance that silly. Not only did he not make any money off of it, he doesn’t even get a clean claim at the invention: at least two men have insisted it was his happy accident that resulted in the toy. James Wright The Wright story – the [...]

Lincoln Logs’ Famous Inventor – and How Much He Sold Out For

You can probably deduce who John Lloyd Wright’s famous dad was. But what you may not know is that John made his own massive contribution to design in an arena totally different than his father’s: toys. Perhaps inspired by Frank’s Imperial Hotel, John received US Patent 1,351,086 on August 31, 1920 for a “Toy-Cabin Construction.” I [...]

The Amazing Origin of Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident when GE engineer James Wright was working to develop new types of rubber for the US military during World War II. Wright spent over a year experimenting with different combinations of chemical compounds, hoping to produce a synthetic, “hard rubber” silicone that could withstand the high heat of jet engines [...]

Could a Novice Land a Jumbo Jet?

Have you ever seen the movie Airport 1975? It was a disaster movie set on a 747 that had suffered a midair collision. The pilots were dead, leaving only a flight attendant to try to keep the plane in the air. Could an untrained person fly a jetliner? Popular Science asked Dale Wright of the [...]