Do You Have A Million Dollar Mind?

It only takes one crazy idea....
It only takes one crazy idea.... | Source

Do you have a million dollar idea?

Do you have ideas that you think would make good inventions? You can make a million dollars. America the beautiful is still producing more millionaires than ever, even with this sinking economy. One of the most attractive things about our country is the freedom to live a dream. You have the right to use your ideas and turn them into money.

You don't have to come up with an atomic atom splitter to get rich. If you have just one idea for an item that costs a dollar, all you have to do is sell one million of those items. It is possible. This is America - where anything can happen.

Do the hoopty hoop!

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The Hula Hoop

In 1958 Richard P. Knerr and Arthur K. Melin invented the plastic hula hoop. Hula Hoops had been made before - so this wasn't even his lightening bolt idea. A company in Austria started marketing a wooden version in 1957 and they liked it. By golly they loved it! So they managed to take that idea and make millions of American dollars. More than 100 million of those plastic rings sold in the first year.

Proof - that you too can alter an idea and become a virtual millionaire.

The Infamous Original 9

  • Squealer the Pig
  • Patty the Platypus
  • Splash the Killer Whale
  • Legs the Frog
  • Flash the Dolphin
  • Spot the Dog
  • Cubbie the Bear
  • Chocolate the Moose
  • Pinchers the Lobster

Beenie Babies

Beanie Babies. Now there is a novel idea! NOT! This guy is my favorite!

Ty Warner. What a guy - he is my personal hero. Warner took a mortgage out on his flat so that he could take his idea to market. He took the stuffed animal and used pellets rather than the traditional stuffing. He also didn't quite stuff them so full - this made the toy more pliable and therefore more lovable. Obviously, because he is worth about an estimated 6 billion dollars now.

You won't find very much information about him either, other than he was born in Chicago, Illinois. His birth date is reported to be somewhere around 1944, but there are several sources that do have inconsistent dates. What is known is that he had some stuffed animals for sale - competitors chided his toy and likened it to "road kill." I am sure Warner laughed all the way to the bank when he sold 30,000 of his stuffed animals at the Atlanta Toy Fair.

Here is the other thing that makes him a genius....he incorporated H Ty Warner and there are only 100 shares. He owns them all.

Slinky

Richard James worked at a wire factory. One day a spring fell onto the floor and he noticed how it bounced around and wiggled on the floor. He went home and said to his wife, "Barbara! Look at this!" The two of them borrowed about $500 dollars from a bank and rolled it into a business where he made and manufactured the slinky. He took 400 of them to sell at a show and within 90 minutes they were literally history. As of now, there have been about 300 million sold.

Silly Putty

After WWII, James Wright had some material left over that they had used during the war to repair things. It was sort of a caulking material. He didn't know what to do with it, so he decided - what else? To put bits of it into plastic eggs and sell it to children for modeling clay! It was also discovered that if you smashed it onto print it would transfer the print onto the putty. It was an instant success and to date he has sold about 4,500 tons of it.

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Toilet Paper

The history of toilet paper is much more interesting than I thought. Apparently, it was invented for a Chinese emperor. In 1391 it was produced in 2' x 3' sheets. Now, that is a king sized sheet! I did indicate "foot" not to be confused with "inches."

I wondered why this product didn't take off - it actually didn't sell that well. A guy named Seth Wheeler got a patent on it in 1871. Which just goes to show you that you don't miss what you have never had. They tried to sell it. Even made a perforated version. Then I spotted the reason! It wasn't until 1935 that it was "splinter free." Ok, now that explains a few things.

Johnny Carson was the driving force behind a 3 week paper shortage when he joked about there being a toilet paper shortage on his show December 19, 1973. People got so scared they ran out and bought it all up! The poor folks who weren't watching the show? Yeah...back to the books!

Toilet paper has grown into a 2.4 million dollar industry.

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PEZ

Pez were originally a peppermint candy that was from Austria. They marketed and sold the item as an "interactive candy". That is, it was "enjoyable to eat and fun to play with!" The little candy dispenser was invented by Eduard Haasill and it was designed like a cigarette lighter with no pop up head. That was another craze that boomed in the U.S. Americans must love to play with their food because there are still over 3 billion PEZ candies being eaten daily.

Pet Rock

The pet rock was invented in 1975. A few kids just sitting around talking about the chores that were involved in owning a pet. They invented the idea of a perfect, non-maitenance pet. A rock. I would love to make fun of the guys, but I am smart enough to know that they made about 1.5 million dollars off their idea and I am writing about it almost 25 years later so I would have to say - it was pretty genius.


  • Black - Frigid
  • Grey - Irritable
  • Yellow - Melancholy
  • Green - Cuddly
  • Blue Green - Amorous
  • Blue - Sensuous
  • Dar Blue - Passionate

Mood Ring

Mood rings were another '70's fad. Originally, they were sold for about $45.00 a pop for a silver one....and if you really cared about your mood - and depended on this scientific theory - you could buy one in gold for as little as $250.00 at Bonwit Teller.

Mood rings are made of a thermochromic liquid crystal. As the ring heats up or cools off, due to your body temperature, it changes colors. They have also invented pet collars with this type of crystal so that we can all know and understand the moods of our pets with a more rational scientific method. Peppermint Patty, the cartoon character from the popular "Peanuts," comic strip sent the mood ring to stardom when hers got so hot that it exploded in a cartoon.


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Ear Muffs

Bet you haven't thought very much about ear muffs. Well neither did Chester Greenwood, until he wanted to go ice skating on a wintery day. Apparently, it was a bit too nippy for his ears so he ran home, probably crying like a sissy, and told is mom he couldn't play with the other kids if his ears were too cold. His mom probably said, "Chester - you can Ice Skate - and have warm ears too!" She set to scrapping and sewing and fashioned her son a pair of Ear Protectors.

Chester turned out to be a fashionista trend setter and all his friends were clamboring for a pair too! The rest is history. Ear Protectors sold for about a quarter a pair. By the time Chester was 18 years old he had a patent on Ear Muffs. They still sell about 30,000 pairs a year.

Never hurts to keep those ears open!

Barbie Doll

Ruth Handler invented the Barbie Doll for her own daughter. Handler noticed that her daughter enjoyed playing with the more adult female dolls and not so much the babies. Handler imagined that inventing a more mature style doll would enable her young daughter to visualize her own future. She liked the idea that her child could use it as a future model of who she would become in her dreams.

Mattel agreed to market her doll. They sold at the American Toy Fair for $3.00. But 351,000 dolls times 3 bucks......is alotta bucks. That was one real smart housewife!

A Million Reasons to Smile! 3/30

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The Smiley Face

Even the smiley face has a patent. In 1964 Harvey Ross Ball drew the symbol in about 10 minutes for a client to use on a button. His employer was awarded the patent and he never made another dime on it.

You can take any idea, any dream or crazy fantasy and turn it into a million dollars. That is the beauty of our country. No dream is too big and you can turn your thoughts into a million dollars!

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JoshuaDR 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

I must not have a million dollar mind. Every now and then I will get what I think is a great idea. Then I google it and someone has already invented it. =)

Interesting stories though.

Voted up and interesting


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You mean I can only get $2.99 for my mood ring (LOL)?

This is a fabulous piece with the clear message that the sky is the limit with our creativity and determination.

Thanks for this inspiring and interesting information.

Voted UP & across the board, mar.


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey RealHousewife, thank you for such a terrific hub. Some of these things I didn't know the background on, but I do now. LOL! :) And, I will agree that an idea can turn out to make a fortune for someone. :) Great Hub! Voted up and across the board! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a fabulous, well written hub! So many fun things for my ADD.. Why couldn't we have thought of those.

Toilet Paper is probably the best invention on this list. My grandmother always told me to appreciate it because she had to use the Sears catalog.

It has been years since I have thought about silly putty.. this was a really fun hub!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi JoshuaDr - I think you need to modify your thoughts! Obviously you have a lot of million dollar ideas! You were just beaten to the punch and don't give up either - if someone can make a cool mil by painting a rock? Yep - you can do it! Lol


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have used and purchased all of these products and I'm not a millionaire! I guess I should have invented them! The mood ring?! Really?! Oh I never purchased a pet rock, I thought those were just found on the ground (hey that rhymed)! We could never have enough toilet paper! This was one FUN hub, I feel richer already with the new knowledge I gained:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Marcoujor! Well if you have an original mod ring - you might get some bucks! Lol. Crazy, huh? I remember when they were all the rage!

Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving that great complimentary comment! I had a really hard time choosing which things to highlight believe it or not! Lol. Like the Chia Pet? Pogo stick...stilts? Haha!

True so true the sky is the limit! Infinite room to get your million bucks too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I Cagsil! Thank you so much! I can't help looking around and thinking about how some people struck it rich. Amazes me...I keep hoping my million dollar idea will be a hit....as soon as I get one! LOL

I'm glad you didn't hear about all of it before! That might have been super boring! Haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy! That hub you did on a hundred ways to spend a dollar was pretty brilliant! Lol. I bought silly putty for the girls for Christmas...forgot about it...found it in a drawer where I quickly hid it! Lol. Every time I see something like that I have to shake my head wishing I'd come up with it!

You're Gram wasn't lying either! The farmers almanac was actually marketed with a hook - for the out house door! omg! We thought we had it rough, huh? Hahaha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sunshine - just goes to show if you have thought they were good ideas and bought them...you were right as rain! Lol. But yep - gotta patent it first!!

I got the girls silly putty for Christmas and just found it....made me realize again that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to make a quick cool million! Let's do it!!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your great hub bought back lots of great memories.

Voted everything across the top.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I do realize that no idea is small...just got to have a source to make it big ;)

wonderful topic of hub...voted up as awesome!


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

Great Hub. It's a wonder that it took toilet paper that long to take off, what the heck did people do without it for so many thousands of years?


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

This was awesome! I do not have a million dollar mind, but Darrel does :-) He is constantly thinking of different things he could invent to make the world a better place. Most of the ideas already exist to a certain degree or other, but some of them are great ideas! One time he almost started to get together a plan and stuff, but he got lost and ended up giving up on it. Too bad to because I think it was a great idea. (although I don't remember what it was anymore!) lol. Another great hub from you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi 20! thank you so much! I am glad you had some fun memories and wish you the best in 2012!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! I just saw you've been working hard! Lol. Thank you so much! Yes apparently you have to be in the right place - right time along with the idea! Haha! Everyone has a chance though! I hope you come up with one:).


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Go green - too funny - I guess you could say there were very *green*. LOL

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Myth...doesn't surprise me about Darrel at all...mr video:) LOL. But he is obviously a smart and funny guy - he just might make you a million dollars some day! Hey - he's pretty cute too - I think you got a keeper:) lol. Thanks so much for your awesomeness!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm with you...Let's do it!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

haha...Kelly, I have been working hard and not smart...lol

thanks for the wishes though :)


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Deborah Demander 4 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Thanks for the compilation of good ideas, and the reminder that I might not be crazy, just the next millionaire in waiting.

Namaste.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This was fun to read, Kelly. Just goes to show that America is the land of opportunity. You just have to think out of the box ... waaaaay out of the box! Voted funny and up, m'dear.


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Real House Wife,

Awesome! Simply awesome! As an inventor, I have tracked many of the invention especially by women. Very well done. The back story behind Ruth Handler is even more fascinating. She was denied by the industry gurus. It was the time of introduction of the television and Ruth Handler convinced her partner husband to take the entire net work of the company something in the vicinity of $250,000 and put it all on television ads targeted to children. Initially, it looked like the television ad campaign had failed but the timing was off. It wasn't until the children were out of school that the buying frenzy began. The zig zag journey of Ruth Handler is a testament to American ingenuity.

Wonderful hub. Voted up and awesome! Keep up the great work.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I have at least 10 ideas that would make a million bucks. Would you mind doing a hub to tell people how to go about developing their ideas from start to finish?

I could take out a loan to make some of these, but how do I get a patent? How do I get the attention of a manufacturer? How do I license a product? etc...

Great hub and well researched. I like it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Gma Goldie - and thank you so very much! I love the addional facts! I had so much info I had to cut it down or this thing would have gone on forever:) lol

I kept thinking of additional things...like a frisbee or the rubic's cube! So many ways to get rich, rich, rich! I appreciate the comments so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin - hey that is a great idea! I did include a link up there for inventions...I think it got lost in all the eye candy! lol It would be super interesting and you know I am doing the 30/30 so you might just see that coming up!

Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it and had a feeling you would because you are a thinker like that too...the wheels are always turning with you - You are always getting something done! We could probably make a zillion together!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

A Zillion dollars would be nice! :-)


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

How'd I miss this?? I haven't gotten any notices that you've written anything in a long time. Matter of fact it's been a while since I've heard from you.

Ok, on to the subject .. When I was in GB back in high school I laid out a plan to buy an acre of land in the middle of cotton country in Texas and start a bo-wevel farm, then sell bo-wevel inshurance. I had an idea to sell hard hats that said "Sky Lab Is Falling" back when that thing was falling from space and no one knew where it was crashing. Then there was the old "Clubbing Soda" which was basicly Ginger Ale with a condom in every bottle. Yea .. I think about this stuff.

I've gotta go check and find out why I'm not getting any notices. I was begining to think you didn't like me any more! :/ good work here my friend. Up, awesome, and interesting! :)

jim


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ausstin - wouldn't it? I am working on it - hold up! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Jim! I was wondering where you'd disappeared to also! I have not been getting my notifications...I think it might be some changes they are making on hub? I did get one notification (the daily digest) one day...and I got so excited! lol Hardly anyone had written anything new that day either. lol

I told you I was not getting your notifications a while back and you said I should have gotten them direct and I went back and checked - not one. I looked in spam too - and I am following your naked butt! lol

Thanks so much for the comment! I knew you were a thinker...I like the clubbing soda! LOL Now we need that in this country for sure!! HAHAHA!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Only one word needed here :- Brillaint !!!

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oops hey Drbj - I see my comment back to you has not been approved! Lol. I guess my own comment got deleted! Hahaha!

It IS the land of opportunity! I have a bridge for sale too - know wanyone who might be interested?? LOL

Thank you so much!!


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Neat set of histories here...very inspiring and thought-provoking. I think I have owned at least 1 of each thing that you included...and have given some to my daughter. :0)

Unfortunately, the sad fate of the person who invented the "smiley" is all too common today...which is why the fight to keep intellectual property rights is so visible.

Best of luck to you in finding your genius idea that will allow you to realize your dreams. :0)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love this hub... so many great ideas that all of us have interacted. I have a hula hoop, I broke the slinky (apparently throwing is not an option), fascinated by Pez, used to have couple Beanie Babies, and was obsessed with Barbie Doll. Ok.... now I got to get off to thinking!!! What is my million dollar idea going to be?


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

This is quite and inspiring hub very creative and the background information makes it a very interesting read to boot. Thank you.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Seafarer Mam - your hub name is fascinating....wondering if you live on a boat? Hmmm I'm going to visit you late and find out! Lol

Thanks so much...actually I have had an idea that panned out pretty well...I'm not making millions yet but I'm happy with my growth for sure! I hope you are living the life of your dreams and I hope you make a million bucks! Thanks so much!


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nanospeck 4 years ago

Awesomely well written hub! I had this idea of creating some new andriod app and put it in the android market. This article inspires me a lot! Thanks :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - I would have guessed you'd had all them too! Lol. I just bought silly putty at Christmas...wasn't even thinking about this hub either:) in fact - I'd forgotten I bought it and just found it in a drawer AFTER writing this! Weird!

My step brother collected PEZ dispensers! He had hundreds of them! I believe he sold them all on eBay after he bought his house recently...I used to get them for him for Christmas and stuff! Lol. All fun stuff! Hey I could have mentioned the whoopee cushion! Haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi SW!! Thank you so much! I always seem to have a really great time putting them together! I wish I could have fit all the crazy things I saw in here! Haha! Just goes to show you never know!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi nanospeck! Wow thank you so much! I say go for it....my husband just came up with a neat idea for an app...but he works so much I know he won't get around to putting it on paper:). Lol. Good luck and when you are successful come back and tell us what you did!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I love playing with slinkies and silly putty when I was a kid. Still do if I get my hands on them. It's amazing what people come up with and how they can turn an idea into a product. I just read in my paper this morning about 2 young men who 2 years ago came up with the idea of "Fold 'n Play" speakers from looking at a Chinese take-out box.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

How cool learning the creators of all these fads Kelly, especially the Slinky and Silly Putty since played with those two as a little boy. Remember the Pet Rock when it came out. Can't recall if there were TV ads for it back then or not. And toilet paper and Johnny Carson..haha! Thanks for a fun un Kell.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Danette - I love all that stuff too. I have always wished I could have come up with something like that! But no...all my ideas are practical:) lol

That is amazing - I bet those kids are glad they were paying attention to the chinese box! That was a good one!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hello there Alastar! I do remember having a pet rock and my parents thought it was really funny too because I wasn't allowed to have a real animal..so that's what I got! (Thanks mom!) lol

Thanks for enjoying it! That is a huge compliment:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

YOu should have mentioned the woopie cushion... lol... oh yeah - and did you know silly putty and the Wii remote covers don't go hand in hand. Bella thought it would be fun to imprint on that and it just got messy. But all purpose bleach helped dissolve most of it... thank goodness!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Man Bella must be on a roll! Lol Poor mommy!

I am going to have to make sure to keep that silly putty away from the remotes. In fact, maybe I should just stick it back in the drawer! lol


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - Okay here you go asking a question trying to short change me again on the value of my mind. Wassup with that?

Splendid Hub my freind.

The Frog


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

FROG - bahahahahaha! You are the smartest Frog I know and hilarious to boot!

A frog! With a sense of humor - who woulda thunk it? lol

You, my friend, have a two million dollar mind!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

RHW - Now shucks woman. Here ya go gettin' me to blushin' again. Yeah, we blush too.

TFP


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! Good to know - being a Frog must not be too bad! Lol. I bet you have all kiinds of ladies trying to kiss you so they can have their prince!


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

who invented the "i luv my hubby" t shirt RH?????? must have made a bomb.put it on a lovely looking woman and she ca continue to look lovely and yet discourage unwanted attention. lollllllll

yes and the hub was great too.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Neeleshkulkarni! Thank you so much:) lol. I got that shirt while I was shopping on Melrose strip in LA! I was with a girlfriend and so I bought it to surprise my husband! Haha! He was paying for the trip it was the least I could do! Lol.


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celebritie 4 years ago

Ha Ha, I have a mind on a budget, maybe I should start thinking in higher quotients.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Celebritie - Well you have a million dollar face that is for certain! lol So million dollar face plus a million dollar mine - win/win! Thank you so much:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I wish I could come up with a great idea and make a million! Oh, well. I did have a pet rock, but I made my own, so I didn't help out that millionaire. haha. Great hub. Very interesting. Actually, I gave you lots of votes, including up, on this one. I like your style!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Victoria Lynn! Well you just put a great big smile on my face! Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.

I had a pet rock...and I was very angry when my parents gave it to me because they thought it was funny! I wanted a real pet! lol Maybe that explains why I have so many animals now:)

I like your style too - I have been reading your very imformative hubs!


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Great hub! Well written!


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chelseacharleston 4 years ago

I love how you put that! Cool hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi urmilashukla - thank you very much! Now go make your million! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Chelseacharleston - thank you so much - I have to say I really love your comment! Lol


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LucidDreams 4 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

Nice list,

Amazing how many simple ideas have come forth that did great in the market. Thanks for a fun list to bring back memories.


PatriciaVogl57 4 years ago

Thanks for the fun and inventive hub. It has refreshed my mind to keeping it simple. : )


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

I have many ideas that are not invented yet, however getting them from my head to the shelves is another thing. I've made a million selling other people products and that's seems to be working for me at this point. I would love to have the know how in getting my ideas to a physical state.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

RealHousewife - what a great hub! This is very informative and interesting. I really enjoyed it. You have hit another one out of the park! Congratulations.

voted up and across!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lucid Dreams - I know! I had to choose carefully because there were so many silly things. Silly string..play doh...remember the Furby and Webkins craze? lol I just want to think of one idea like that!

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi PatriciaVogl - thank you very much! I appreciate your comments!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi cyoung35 - Check out my link above - there is a great site that offers all kinds of helpful advice where that is concerned! Good luck! I would rather market my own ideas so I can fill my own piggy bank:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi MissOlive! Thank you so much! This was pretty fun to research:) I have had all those things I think and always wished I could have been the brain behind them - imagine making a zillion bucks off a slinky! Come on, now! It does nothing! LOL


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Kelly... have you seen the Coen Brothers film the Hudsucker Proxy? It kind of relates to this...


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi PDX -no I didn't see it - never even heard of it but I do not watch lots of TV. Stationary is not for me:) haha! I will have to make it a point to check it out tho and thanks I bet I will find it interesting considering it relates:)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I actually have a folder in my file cabinet titled "Invention Ideas." I actually did have a meeting with an invention company once. It was very interesting. They liked several of my ideas but the cost upfront for me was not something I could do. Now you got me digging out that damn folder again . . . thanks Kel-great hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sharyn - you never know - things could be lots easier now! I am not surprised at all:) You will strike it rich one of these days:) lol


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

check it out, Kelly and let me know how you like it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ok PDX - I'll do that! It might be a bit....I'm going out of town on Friday - a plane - wish it was a train:) lol


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Kelly... did you watch it????


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Not yet...in fact I forgot, so I do appreciate the reminder. Dave and I were just getting ready to watch some TV together...I am going to check to see if it is on Netflix? He rented The Rising of Planet of the Apes:) haha! I couldn't stick with it - though the baby chimps were cute:) lol


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Toilet paper splinters? I may not sleep tonight.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey jellygator - yah - watch out for that shit! LOL LOL j/k


kelleyward 4 years ago

You did a fantastic job with this hub. What a great idea! I only wish I had one of those million dollar minds. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A very interesting article here..

Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come... and yea you said it right... not every one needs an atomic splitter to get rich hehe....

Well now I will have to think of ideas...


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kelley - I wish I had thought of just one of those ideas. I see something silly and think gosh - one crazy idea can make you a gazillionarie! Well good luck to us Kel - we will just keep trying:) haha Good luck on that too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Rahul - thanks! It is funny isn't it? I mean first of all, who thinks of that stuff?! Second - why can't it be me that thinks of a smash bang up idea like that? Oh well - I will keep trying too! hahah

My husband always tells me my ideas are not gonna turn a million bucks. I don't get it - I thought of inventing disposable clothes! Now what housewife wouldn't buy those for her 3 kids? hahaha


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Yea... that's a brilliant idea... but it would be every mother's dream come true...

I still remember my mother yelling on me when as a child I came home each evening soaked up in dirt... :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Omg! Rahul you just cracked me up - I immediately though "hey! I have a daughter like you!" LOL


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

You always write hubs that bring up the best memories for me. I couldn't wait to get a slinky and test it on the the stairs. Silly Puddy was great, too, because it bounced and took images when you pressed it on a cartoon.

I love the history you insert, too. Ty Warner is a genius, in my opinion. I think between my kids (and me), we have hundreds of Beanie Babies. When they came out in Happy Meals, we had to have them because they were such tiny versions. LOL

I didn't know toilet paper was so big when it was invented for the king... I hope he didn't keep the whole sheet around until it was all used up... EWWW.... and splinters??? Hmmm... makes the corn cobs sound a little better. LOL

Great hub! Votes and shares! :-)


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

What about the woman who invented white out? It's a good thing she made her millions when she did because now technology has eliminated the need. Terrific hub. Vote up and awesome and interesting too!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

So glad someone shared this one. Very interesting trivia..My husband is forever saying, "I had that in my mind and look they stole my idea!" I tied a ball to a string for the cat on the back porch..I wonder...hummm :/ lol

Really interesting hub. Thank you.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL. GM Susan:) yeah the king must a had a big ole butt:)

Thanks so much - I remeber a girl who would load up on those MacDonalds beenies and sell them out of her car at a gas station! I thought the craze was insane...my kids had several too:) I just think that guy was SOOO darn smart. I love it when someone laughs at a person and says "you can't do it!" then the other person shows them how! Ha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi B-Pop! You're so right! If that lady had been a little later with the thought - shed have been out millions! So yeah - all we need is one good silly idea each and we can make millions and retire!! Lol. Thanks so much for the comment!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey - just what I needed - a Sunnie Day:) thanks so much!

I tell you - I wish I could come up with just one nutty idea and turn it into a mansion:) LOL. Just one!


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Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Wow! That's so interesting! It gives me hope for my own life, haha!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have had three or four ideas and someone swooped them up. Dreaming and thinking is not enough...you have to move. Great hub and a trip down memory lane about all these big money makers. Thanks for sharing ..Voted UP.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I kept looking for my name and it isn't here? How did that happen? This is a great hub! I'm sure the guy who dreamed up the pet rock is still laughing as he goes to the bank daily.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ah I think I will then Robert and hope you get a million dollar idea today:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well good luck there Oilersmyth! I thought it was pretty enlightening myself:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I've had some darned good ideas myself...like disposable clothes. I want someone to invest that!! Thanks so much:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well Bill - you're working on it I know! I expect your name to have something with Lavender near it:))


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idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

Great ideas usually pops in when you least expected it. You just have to open minded and be alert if the chance comes your way. By the way, its a good hub. Cheers!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi ididgwebsites - thanks so much! Yeah so true - even silly ideas can make a millionaire!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Oh those beanie babies are so cute. I get good ideas sometimes, but actually taking the risk to say, hey this is a good product, is hard, and even more often, someone else has already thought of the idea and run with it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Shasta - I have a great idea for a video game - something I know would sell and make big bucks. I have no idea who could make it though - that is always a problem. Having a good idea but none of how to bring it to fruition.

When you make a move that has a risk involved - it's like jumping off a cliff and hoping for a soft landing. I did act on a few of the ideas I have had and am SO glad I jumped off that cliff!! Proper planning prevents poor performance:) I say take a risk if you have really researched and planned first - and I just asked myself, what's the worst thing that could happen if my idea doens't pan out? Limit liablity:) haha Good luck!


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George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

Loved the article and the research you put into it! I myself remember a couple of odd novelty items I was given by a "sick" friend.

Toilet Battleship- This stupid game was basically a box with some small strips of paper of various size for the male to take aim at while doing his standing position in the bathroom and taking aim to sink them ! Guess it had to be invented from some of the messes left by poor aimers

Electric Toilet Paper- this was a decoration piece for the top of the tank. it was a silver box with a corn cob attached to an electric cord inside!


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Voted this up! Hmmm, I'd love to make millions out of any of my brilliant ideas.hihihi... Your hub's an inspiration. Thanks!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Good luck beingwell! I have wished for one of these crazy ideas since I saw the pet rock. That was eons ago...even as a kid I was thinking, "how dumb is this and everyone wants one!" I wished I had thought of it first! lol


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Years ago I came up with an original idea for coloring gray hair or new re-growth. When the first signs of gray first appeared, I would match the color of my hair with a mascara and apply the re-growth using a mascara brush.

Eighteen years later a well known make-up company came out with a hot new hair product for covering out-growth. You got it. Exactly what I discovered - to the "T". Urggggggh!

This is the greatest idea for a hub. Only you, my lady, could bring this wonderful and very fun idea to hubland.

The only way to vote is Up and right cross. Yep!

And while wer'e at it, let's share this everywhere. Ok? Done!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

VC! That is a GREAT idea and yes way too bad you didn't find some way to market that product. I'd use it!! I need it right now:) lol.

I have a fantastic idea for a video game...I wish I knew someone who could program it! Man, I wish I could make a million. I'd just travel around the world.

Thank you so much and good luck with another million dollar idea gorgeous!


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Gosh, don't forget "bobbleheads! I just bought my wife a fiber-optic hula-hoop for a whooping $140 as a Christmas gift. She is into "hooping". My sister just gave me a Slinky as a gag-gift for retirement...she said that I would need something to do. We live in a wonderful place if people apply themselves and observe. It is sad to think that some people put more effort into "gaming" the government welfare system than into figuring ways to better their own lot with accomplishment and achievement. Good article...thanks for sharing. UP! Congrats on the 100 by the way. ~WB


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Aw Hi WB! Ha! Thanks buddy I didn't even know I had a 100! That's awesome - thanks for telling me. I'm heading out of town so have been super busy getting everything done pre-holiday.

That's hysterical btw - Barbara loves to hoop? Betcha you like spectator sports then huh? Hahaha have a fabulous Christmas with this ya love Tex!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I LOVE inspirational reads! I try to read something inspirational at least once a day. I have my own crazy story I'm trying to make: quitting the steady-income job to fulfill my dream of a photographer/writer/artist? Yeah, some would say I'm nuts, but I really do have a vision, LOL. :D


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Cyndi - you have a lot of vision and i do not doubt you will find your way to a million bucks! as long as youre doing what you love its the right thing. I believe that old saying, "if there's a will - there's a way"...true dat YO!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I just love this hub and am back for a second read. I'm still not a millionaire as far as a buck goes. However I'm the richest lady on the planet for being able to enrich myself with your hubs. Hugs to you and your precious family ~

Audrey


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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Many of these were my favorite toys growing up! Fun hub :)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

HI Vocalcoach! Thanks so much - and wonderful to see your avatar!

I am not a millionaire dollar wise but family wise, I am! I know you are too:) Thanks so much Audrey!!!! XO


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Mine too Nicole - and gosh I so wish I had thought of them first!!! lol Thank you!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

This is knock out - mainly just being observant and in the right place and wham - you're a millionaire. I hadn't thought about this before. And the initial ideas are just - a great idea. Oh dear, I've missed the boat...


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh you haven't missed any boats! Just figure out a way to build a "newer Improved" boat! lol


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

This is excellent idea about making million dollars. Everybody has a dream and it comes true when he/she is taking a positive step. Thanks for sharing.. very interesting..


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Kimberly Turner 3 years ago from New Jersey

It is so amazing to think of where the simple, functional items we use everyday now came from. And to think most were ridiculed or fast failures at first to only become a million-dollar success! Just teaches you, don't let what others say bring you down if you believe in your dreams!


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sameer.anand 3 years ago from Pilani (India)

Interesting hub realhousewife! Couldn't have found so much relevant info searching on internet for a 100 days! One solid break in life, and the person turns to uncle scrooge! :D


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Very interesting hub, was fun to read. Amazing how simple ideas hit it so big, like the hula hoop and slinky, fun toys for kids. Good ideas, but I think luck came into play for a lot of them too, Luck and hard work. So many people have good ideas but do not do anything with them.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

If only... Voted up and interesting and shared with my followers


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mprentice 3 years ago from England

Who'd have thought 100 million hula hoops sold in the first year! Pretty crazy but it goes to show that the simple ideas can sometimes be the most effective.


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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

Million Dollar Mind? Oh yes i would love to say that i want to have such kind of mind for it will prosper you'll life financially and intellectually.


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endless sea 3 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

Woha!! Amazing hub, very informative, never thought that ideas like toilet paper and smiley face earned people million dollars, now I feel like just sit and think think really hard, come up with some kiddish or really weird idea and improvise on it, you can make a fortune :) thank you for sharing


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Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

I loved the mood ring as a teenager. It's amazing how things that we create can be potential money makers. Good hub!!!


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Mitch Alan 3 years ago from South Jersey

Fun, Informative and Interesting Hub...Love to hear (read) about success stories. Thanks for the great Hub.


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annitakison 3 years ago from california, USA

its creative than applying, i like your hub.


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Rafaela Lima 3 years ago from US

Must of us have a great mind. but just few use it for good. I have great ideas and big dreams, but I work on just few :( .


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much everyone!! I've been working out of the house for the last week so I'm just catching up.

Interestingly enough - I was shooting a press conference for Arch Grants in STL...and it's a non profit organization that helps new start up companies. It was so thrilling to watch people being their business ideas to the table and win 50,000 dollars to give them a kick start!!!

People, some of the winners of these grants were YOUNG! All these start ups were new and edgy and I was in a room filled with million dollar minds!!

Go for your dreams and one little idea can make YOU a winner!!


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mecheshier 3 years ago

Fabulous Hub. What a great idea. Thanks for all the hard work, research and sharing. Love the info! Voted up for useful and interesting!


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quietwriter 3 years ago

Thanks RealHousewife! That was an interesting read, I never heard of mood ring collars for dogs! That's neat!


krunesh 3 years ago

Can I get I million dollar idea someday? nice post


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Great hub - now I just need to get my stagnant brain ticking over to create 'the next big thing'.... :o)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wonderful ideas here and so well accomplished you got me thinking of these inventions, by the great people.

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