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Moving society forward, one salad spinner at a time

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salad spinner (wikimedia commons)
salad spinner (wikimedia commons)

Ever wonder who created the salad spinner? How about diet soda? Or perhaps Rachel Maddow? The New York Times Magazine digs into the history of recent (and not-so-recent) innovations like money, sleep-away camp, and the guitar solo in its new Who Made That? issue. Throughout, an underlying question looms, asking whether the internet and the global supply chain have really accelerated ingenuity, or merely sent us scurrying to build negligible novelties, soon to be forgotten. "It is hard not to be excited about what comes next as more and more people gain the ability to turn their good, bad, or crazy ideas into real stuff."