Re: The "Rugrats" epiphany
The other day I (re)noticed Mark Mothersbaugh as a composer for the cartoon "Rugrats" and (re)remembered him as a founder of the band Devo.
And that set me off...
Remember that movie with Bette Midler and Richard Dryfuss where Nick Nolte was a bum who almost drowned in their swimming pool? R.D.'s character was a guy who made his fortune with a factory that made wire clothes hangers.
And in (I think) "About A Boy" Hugh Grant was rich because his dad wrote some gimmick Christmas carol and he collected the royalties.
And in that movie with whatshername and whatshername they went to their high school reuninon and pretended that they invented post it notes. You know the one I'm thinking of? Yeah! That one. (I know the real guy who invented Post-It-Notes didn't really make a lot of money from his invention so don't give me a history lesson.)
And how a lot of shows won't sing "Happy Birthday" because they don't want to pay the royalties.
So I was thinking it would be fun to pretend that I struck it rich by having an ancestor who invented some ignorable but indispensible item.
The toilet paper roller?
I think it would be hilarious to say that my <great> invented the <something>.
Give me a good lie and the info to back it up!
Prior to that it was extremely limited in its uses...except as fly paper.
Esmerelda Boomerang thought it made no sense...and, one day as she waas washing her hands after wrapping Boomerbaby's first birthday present...she thought...voila!!!!!
It took years of research to find a glue dispenser that was able to handle the finicky task...but, in 1908, Esmerelda, from the Boomerang coach-house launched her invention with a fete, and hundreds and hundreds of fake presents for people to wrap.
The rest is herstory.