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Accidental Inventions

Accidental Inventions

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: 12 - 18 yrs.
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 freelance writer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, writes about television, celebrities and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. 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, who have three sons, live in McLean, Va.

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