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Edison's Concrete Piano: Flying Tanks, Six-Nippled Sheep, Walk-On-Water Shoes, and 12 Other Flops from Great Inventors

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Highlighting the careers of well-known inventors, this exploration of failure amid greatness reveals the lesser-known and most fascinating facts about their careers, their wackier hobbies, and their big flops alongside great successes. Thomas Edison, for example, not only revolutionized the world with the light bulb but also designed a concrete piano, a nonoperational heli ...more
ebook, 270 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by ECW Press (first published 2009)
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Oyster
Get a big dose of schadenfreude while you increase your knowledge of lesser-known facts. This collection features 15 stories of great inventors gone momentarily nutty. Walk-on-Water shoes by Da Vinci, machines that administer medical procedures (in the 18th century) and Tesla’s incredibly weird “Earth-Quake Machine” are just some of the phenomenally bad inventions you’ll learn about.
Oyster
Get a big dose of schadenfreude while you increase your knowledge of lesser-known facts. This collection features 15 stories of great inventors gone momentarily nutty. Walk-on-Water shoes by Da Vinci, machines that administer medical procedures (in the 18th century) and Tesla’s incredibly weird “Earth-Quake Machine” are just some of the phenomenally bad inventions you’ll learn about.
Smellsofbikes
Pretty good! Fairly comprehensive mini-biographies of a number of successful inventors and some of their not-so-successful inventions, and how those characterized some facet of the inventor that isn't generally recognized.
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