Who Invented the Slap Bracelet?

If you grew up during a particular era in the United States, you’ve likely encountered a particular piece of child-friendly jewelry that was, for a brief period, a must-have on the playground: the slap bracelet—a bracelet made of a thin strip of metal housed in a colorful cloth covering which could be straightened out, and then made to curl up as if by magic when slapped on a wrist. But who invented the slap bracelet, an item that was ubiquitous in the early ‘90s? Is there an individual with whom we can credit the simple yet effective toy?

A Brief History of Craigslist

For people who grew up digitally savvy, Craigslist has been a part of the online landscape seemingly forever. However, the history of Craigslist reveals that that’s not actually the case; even so, it is still a venerable institution, having just celebrated its 25th birthday.

Who Invented the Spork?

Sporks have been a fixture of school lunchrooms and fast-food restaurants seemingly forever—but if you’ve ever wondered who invented the spork, it turns out that the story is a lot more convoluted than it might seem.

The Science of Post-it Notes

No desk is complete without a pad of sticky notes, but have you ever given a thought to how sticky notes work? The science of Post-it Notes and other brands of sticky notepads is pretty fascinating—as well as no better demonstration of the idea that magic is science, and vice versa.