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Why Didn’t I Think of That?® Success Stories

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This $20 million dollar company was inspired by a sick dog. Learn what inspired a pet owner to launch the first mass produced organic meals for pets. - The story of Stella and Chewy's, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

We know it takes a woman to ask for directions – but to clean the windshield too? Hear what inspired the first windshield wiper. - The story of Windshield Wipers, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Kids love to play with food, so why not make a toy out of it? Learn how one inventor turned a childhood habit into Mr. Potato Head. - The story of Mr. Potato Head, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Not many inventions were born in a wind tunnel -- but this one was. Hear how scientists doing jet engine research accidentally invented artificial snow. - The story of Artificial Snow, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

It’s five times stronger than steel. Learn how the strongest material known to man came to life … because of a very strong woman. Hear the amazing story of Kevlar. - The story of Kevlar, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Today he’s synonymous with cake mix – but he made dining safer for travelers everywhere. Learn how traveling salesman Duncan Hines – yes, THAT Duncan Hines – invented … the restaurant review. - The story of Duncan Hines, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Air mattresses and breakfast – that’s how this $50 million company got started. Learn how three San Francisco entrepreneurs went from renting out their apartment to renting out castles, Igloos and Boeing 727s. - The story of AirBnB, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

As a teenager, he sold Pokémon cards on eBay. Now he makes $38 million selling office furniture online. Learn the bricks & mortar inspiration behind one of the web’s biggest furniture stores -- Biz Chair. - The story of Biz Chair, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Sometimes by doing GOOD, you can do GOOD BUSINESS too. Learn how an entrepreneur’s life-saving plastic straw is purifying drinking water in Third World countries. - The story of Life Straw, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

His boss called him a “stupid kid.” And with money from his grandma’s cookie jar, he proved him wrong! Learn how an 18-year old turned a $300 gift into a national retail empire. - The story of Dick's Sporting Goods, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

He thought OUTSIDE the flower box, and launched a business selling edible bouquets. Now he does business in six countries. Hear the tasty story of Edible Arrangements. - The story of Edible Arrangements, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

A teenager’s brush with death inspired this discovery: a way to keep food fresher, longer – organically. Today she’s saving harvests and transforming how food is picked, shipped and stored with Fresh Paper. - The story of Fresh Paper, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Once clothes hangers were cheap and ugly … until a clothing merchant began selling commercial grade hangers to regular people. Hear the $10 million success story of the Great American Hanger Company. - The story of Great American Hanger Company, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

So you helped invent the iPod and the iPhone. What would you tackle next? Learn how a former computer designer made the sleepiest gadget in the home – sexy. Hear the story behind the amazing Nest Thermostat. - The story of Nest Thermostat, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

He designed a machine that made one perfect, fresh, cup of coffee at a time. And the company he founded made a fortune drip-by-drip. Hear the inspiration behind Keuring-Brewed coffee makers. - The story of Keurig-Brewed, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

It was a nasty public restroom. And it inspired a young college co-ed to invent a new product for travelers. Hear the story of Happy Cheeks. - The story of Happy Cheeks, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

This music teacher didn’t own an iPhone. But he designed a 99-cent musical app that turned him into a millionaire. Hear how he did it, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - The story of Smule, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

She started off as a pigeon-toed little girl. But she became a world class dancer and pioneered the concept of music-based fitness classes. Today she has a $100 million brand called Jazzercise. - The story of Jazzercise, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

He’s revolutionizing the snack world with healthy potato chips that are all natural, gluten free, kosher … and …. taste great. Hear the flavor-filled story of Deep River Snacks. - The story of Deep River Snacks, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Two Olympic snowboarders made $5 million with this idea -- edgy gloves for extreme sport athletes. Hear the story of Grenade Gloves. - The story of Grenade Gloves, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

A ten-year old inspired this multi-million dollar business by suggesting “Let’s make our own stuffed animal!” Hear how building a Teddy Bear from scratch became a $365 million business. - The story of Build-A-Bear Workshop, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Thanks to him, animals can act in movies ... without ever going on location. Hear about the digital studio that’s capturing Hollywood’s wildest performers …from squirrels to grizzly bears. Green Screen Animals. - The story of Green Screen Animals, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

Ice wasn’t enough – he wanted to sell more. Learn how an innovative employee inspired a Texas ice company to invent the modern convenience store. Hear how 7Eleven went from 8 stores to 40,000. - The story of 7Eleven, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

This mobile app goes beyond finding restaurants. It helps you read menus, order carryout and pay your bill in advance -- by phone. It also made its inventor $400 million in 6 months! - The story of Snapfinger, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...

You can’t make a weapon out of a paper spoon! That’s why the nation’s prisons became the best customers for a new environmentally-friendly eating utensil. Hear the story Eco-Tensils. - The story of Eco-Tensils, today on Why Didn't I Think of That? - thinkofthat.net/...