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Business Ingenuity

"If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door," so they say. These are tales about ingenuity, one-upmanship, and just plain business savvy.

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Double Bubble
Alka-Seltzer dramatically increased their sales by instructing consumers to use two tablets instead of one.

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Drill Bit
Competitor one-ups a firm proud of its new thin wire by drilling a hole through it.

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Know Where Man
Famous fix-it man charges $1 for marking an 'X' and $4,999 for knowing where to make it.

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Meaner Than a Junkyard God
Henry Ford used to take apart junked cars in search of parts that had held up too well.

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Reading Railroaded
The setback of a workman's illiteracy frees him to become a success in another field.

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Flue Shot
Crafty workman ensures he will be paid for his chimney work by boobytrapping the job.

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Movers and Salt Shakers
Job applicant who salts his food before tasting it is rejected by business tycoon.

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No'ing the Drill
Fired oil rig worker gains revenge on former bosses by dropping a piece of equipment in the well.

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Blue Collar Innovation
Low-level employee suggests simple yet brilliant innovation that increases the profits of a successful company many times over.

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The Write Stuff
NASA spent millions of dollars developing an astronaut pen which would work in outer space, while the Soviets solved the same problem by simply using pencils.

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Made in USA
Japan renamed a town 'Usa' so that it could legitimately identify its exports as being "Made in USA."

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The Terminated Contractor
Wife of deceased contractor brings him to work then asserts company must pay for his time.

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Bottle It!
Coca-Cola came to be bottled when a stranger sold a two-word remarkable idea to the company: "Bottle it."

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Something Eggstra
Instant cake mixes sold poorly until one food company decided to require the addition of a fresh egg to their product.

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