Accidental InventionsFall 2004 DVD
Ages: 12 - 18 yrs.
Producer: Jumby Bay Studios
DVD Price: $29.95
Review:Dynamite. Velcro. Cellophane. The Post-it Note. Who came up with these wacky ideas? Accidental Inventions explores the origins of some of the most common and useful items in our world, all created in unlikely and unexpected ways. Cellophane was actually a failed tablecloth, for example. The microwave often was discovered when a Hershey bar in a scientist's pocket kept melting. Using historical photos, 3-D graphics, maps, clips and interviews with experts, the DVD offers interesting mini-documentaries that will inspire, inform, encourage curiosity and prove that anything's possible - even when you least expect it.
Ann Oldenburg ©2004 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, a blogger and reporter for USA Today, has covered entertainment from the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post. She is the co-author of a travel guide book titled The Dog Lover's Companion to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, with her husband, Don Oldenburg, a former Washington Post writer. She and Don live in McLean, Va., with their three sons and their two dogs.
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