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I heard this story on a local radio show and found it interesting, so decided to share it with you.
What’s that you say, you don’t recognize the name in the title? Well, you very well may not, especially if you weren’t around in the late 1960′s. You may however recognize the name Liquid Paper, which is the topic of this post and how the product and company came to be.
As is the case with the majority of inventions, you have a need and you create a product to fill that need. That’s exactly what Bette Nesmith Graham did back in the early 50′s. She worked as a typist and like most people, made mistakes while typing and it wasn’t like our modern day computers/word processors where you just backspace or highlight, delete and continue typing. She was on a mission to come up with a way to correct her mistakes.
Starting in her kitchen using her blender, she made up a paint like product she called “Mistake Out”. She packaged her new product in a green bottle with a Mistake Out label affixed to it and started providing her product to her co-workers.
Unfortunately, one day she made a mistake that she failed to correct (she typed in her own company name instead of the banks) and was fired from her typist job. It was from this point forward, that she decided to devote her time on her correction fluid company.
Ms. Nesmith offered her product to Big Blue (IBM), but they declined. Bette had sold Mistake Out from her house for 17 years; the name was changed to Liquid Paper shortly after. By 1968, her product was making a profit, and in 1979 the Liquid Paper Corporation was sold to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million with royalties.
In 2000, Liquid Paper was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid. In some regions of the world, Liquid Paper is now endorsed by Papermate, a widely known writing instruments brand (also owned by Newell Rubbermaid).
Do you recognize Bette’s maiden name; Nesmith? If you were a fan of the 60′s rock band the Monkees, you may know this name from vocalist and guitarist, Michael Nesmith. Michael was the son of Bette Nesmith-Graham and the primary heir to her Liquid Paper fortune after Nesmith’s death in 1980.
Like many people, I used Liquid Paper for my own typing mistakes and/or handwritten mistakes or revisions.
The roar of 43 stock cars was heard loud and clear, in and around the Daytona International Speedway throughout the week in Daytona, Florida. The race was won by Matt Kenseth in the number 17 Best Buy car, but before Matt could to put the pedal to the metal for his celebratory burnout on the track, he and his fellow racers would have to endure one of the most unusual races in Daytona 500 history.
This was a race plagued with problems from the start. For instance, this was the first race in its 51 year history (under the Daytona 500 name) that was postponed due to rain and run during a weekday. The race was scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2012, but the rain never let up in Florida, so the race was rescheduled for Monday evening, and at times it was touch and go with the weather again, but the weather cooperated and the race started and ended with no further delays due to rain. But rain was not the only thing that delayed this race–read on!
On top of the day and a half of rain delays, it seemed as if you were watching a demolition derby, rather than an oval track race because of all the bumping, skidding and crashes in this race, it was unbelievable. The first crash came just 2 laps into the race.
Then under the yellow caution flag, Juan Pablo Montoya in the number 42 car, was traveling along the low side of the track when something on his car broke and it caused his car to slide sideways and right up into one of two jet dryers that was circling and drying or blowing debris off the track. The jet dryer exploded on impact flooding the track with 200 gallons of jet fuel and sending flames high into the air and down to the in-field. The race was red flagged, stopping all of the cars on the track, away from the incident. It took 2 hours to put out fire, check the track for damage, clean the track, dry the track and prep the surface so the race could continue. Both Juan Pablo Montoya and the driver of the Jet Dryer truck are fine.
During this 2 hour period, the drivers began to exit their cars and start chatting amongst themselves. At one point, a group of racers started walking up the track towards where the fire broke out, but a track official stopped them and asked them to return to their cars.
One of the drivers, Brad Keselowski (seen in the blue Miller Lite jumpsuit above), just happened to have his phone with him and started tweeting during the 2 hour delay. At the beginning of the race, he had roughly 65,000 followers, but during this 2 hour period, he tripled that number to nearly 200,000 followers.
This was one unusual race for sure!
Compilation video of the multitude of crashes during the race:
Juan Pablo Montoya Crashes into jet track dryer:
Danica Patrick Crashes Hard During Daytona Qualifier Race
Florida, Puerto Rico & Bermuda all share the Atlantic ocean, but that’s not the only thing they have in common, they each make up the 3 points of the most mysterious triangle in history, The Bermuda Triangle. The more ominous name that haunted me the most when I was younger was the Devil’s Triangle.
As a young person, hearing about a vast area out in the middle of the ocean that made planes, ships and people vanish into thin air was mind boggling. It has been speculated that the cause of all these disappearances could have been anything from alien abductions, rogue waves, violent weather and more.
I know I’m not the only one that has been mystified by the Devil’s Triangle, because there has been so many movies and documentaries created about this phenomena. Rather than me repeating everything in the documentaries I’ve seen, take a look at the National Geographic and History Channel documentaries below to get a good insight about; The Devil’s Triangle!
The Truth Behind: The Bermuda Triangle
Devil’s Triangle / Bermuda triangle documentary
Check out wikipedia.com for more details: