Page 5 - Business Facts

The inventor of Vaseline claimed that he ate a spoonful of it every morning! What for?

Sir Robert Chesebrough, a chemist, was the one who invented Vaseline, also known as petroleum jelly.

He patented the product in 1872. The product wasn't accepted until he travelled around New York doing demonstrations on himself.

He would burn his skin with acid or an open flame in front of an audience and then use the Vaseline to soothe the burn.

He passed out free samples to get the product into the public. He believed in his product so much that he claimed to even eat a spoonful every morning.


Wrigley's Gum had a completely random start. It was a cheap freebie. Learn the whole story.

William Wrigley Jr. Settled in Chicago in 1891. He was only 29 and wanted to build a company. His father was a scrubbing soap manufacturer.

So when he moved to Chicago, he started selling his father's soap. To incentivize people to buy his soap, he started giving out a can of baking soda along with it.

When the baking soda proved to be more popular than the soap, he decided to switch to selling baking soda full time.

History has a funny way of repeating itself. Someone suggested that Wrigley give away a couple of packs of bubble gum with each baking soda purchase.

Eventually the bubble gum became so popular, Wrigley switched to bubble gum full time.


Ikea stores are designed like a maze for this sinister purpose.

IKEA stores are designed like a maze in order to prevent customers from leaving.

The theory behind the design is: The longer a customer is inside the store and the more furniture they see, the more items they are inclined to buy.

This layout is so confusing that oftentimes shoppers make purchases simply because they are afraid they may never find their way back to the item!

A study at a store location in Kent, England showed that patrons spent an average of 3 hours inside the store, with a significant number remaining for as long a 8 hours!

IKEA is quick to deny any intention to purposely bewilder it's customers, citing shortcuts within the facility (built primarily due to fire code), but the store's exits still are not very easy to find.

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Jaegermeister was originally developed as a cough medicine and to aid in digestion!

Jaegermeister is a German 70-proof digestif, or beverage to be served with a meal. It's made with 56 different herbs and spices.

It has a sweeter taste than many other herbal liquors like Gammel Dansk from Denmark or Unicum from Hungary.

Some of the ingredients include citrus peel, saffron, ginger, ginseng, and juniper berries. The ingredients are ground and steeped in water and alcohol for 2 or 3 days.

Then they are filtered and stored in oak barrels for a year. After a year, the liquor is filtered again and mixed with sugar, caramel, alcohol, and water.

It's filtered one last time and then bottled. Urban legend says that Jaegermeister contains deer or elk blood, but it isn't true. It is suggested that it be kept on ice and served cold.

It's recommended to even be stored in the freezer. It was originally developed as a cold remedy and is jokingly called Leberkleister in Germany. Leberlkeister means "liver glue" and is a play on words since it rhymes with Jaegermeister.


Bubble wrap's original intended use will surprise you.

In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes attempted to create a 3D wallpaper.

Unfortunately, the wallpaper didn't catch on but the men realized that it was useful for packing delicate items for shipping!

The success and popularity of bubble wrap has gotten so large that the last Monday of every January is dubbed "Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day".

Toy company Bandai even created a virtual bubble wrap popping toy called "Mugen Puchipuchi" and a version was created for the Wii!

Do you like popping bubble wrap? What's your favorite thing to do with it? Tell us in the comments!



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