Friday Fun…Celebrating Inventors

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Friday Fun…Celebrating Inventors


In my journey through cyberspace, I learned that today is National Inventors Day, which was so declared by President Ronald Reagan in


Edison had over 1,000 patents during his lifetime. 

1983. This date was chosen to honor Thomas Alva Edison.

He is followed by Jerome Lemelson with 500+ patents. Not familiar with his name? (I wasn’t) If you’ve had a VCR, Camcorder, fax, or cordless phone, you have him to thank. 


So for Friday Fun, what are some of your favorite, can’t-live-without inventions. 


It’s too easy to say the light bulb or the automobile so share with us something big or little that you are so thankful someone invented it!!!


I’ll share one…Post-It Notes!  I use them every day and have pads in my office, kitchen, master bathroom, and by my bed!!

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas A. Edison

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Comments (27)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I share your affection for post it notes, along with the hand held blow dryer as Nina Hollander, Broker , the automatic shift in cars (I learned how to drive by shifting gears), and last but not least the computer.  A

Feb 11, 2022 06:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I enjoy rabbit hole discoveries.  Today, any day, seems right to explore.  Inventions, innovations and thoughts of both that are in various stages of imagination.   

Feb 11, 2022 07:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, did not know there was such a day!   I have a client that moved to LA, and she has a couple patents for products she developed.  

Feb 11, 2022 09:12 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I find inventors to be a quirk of nature. The ability to use your imagination to find a productive tool or idea is astonishing to me. Happy Friday Kathy 🙂

Feb 11, 2022 11:28 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - The thinking cap didn't have to go on too hard for this one.  I use a lot of binder clips! Have a great weekend!

Louis E. Baltzley invented it!

Feb 11, 2022 02:35 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am appreciative of indoor plumbing.  Can't imagine taking a trip outside in cold weather

Feb 11, 2022 04:31 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I did not realize Edison's middle name was "Alva".  That is almost as bad as a boy named Sue.

Feb 11, 2022 04:37 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Light bulbs are a favorite, the hot water heater, music on demand and FaceTime to name a few are my favorites. What a FUN post, thank you for that!

Feb 11, 2022 06:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider oh yes, thank goodness for the GPS!!!!   We used it a lot when we returned to Houston!!

Sham Reddy CRS I can see where you would!! Think of all of the inventions using what we know from science and engineers. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker you and I are the same age, I think, so I remember panty hose!!! Don't even own a pair now!!! When you said hand held blow dryer, I immediately thought of those hood dryers we used to have. Good gawd, I'm old!!!


Wayne Martin I'll bet it is!!!  I'm fascinated learning about how and why something was invented. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti  remote controls!!!  When I grew up you had to actually get up and walk to the tv to change the channel!!!


Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets so happy you enjoyed it. I love our Ring Doorbell In fact I put it to good use many years ago, and I'd only had it for a month. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I learned how to drive using a stick shift. I enjoyed it but when I worked and had to travel up Westheimer (in Houston) in stop and go traffic, I appreciated my automatic. 

Michael Jacobs I love learning about inventions and how they came about. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox wow, that's interesting!!!!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I agree. Even when I think of the simplest things or tools, I have to wonder how anyone thought to invent it. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  oh my gosh, I used to use a ton of those. Simple and yet someone had to invent it!!!

Ed Silva for sure!!!!   When we went camping, that was one convenience I missed. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto  thank goodness for the 1000 patents! Who would dare tease him?

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  oh yes...light bulbs!!! Glad you enjoyed the post. 

Feb 11, 2022 07:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I had no idea that Edison had over 1000 patents.  That's an amazing number.

Feb 11, 2022 09:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 11, 2022 09:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Diane loves post it notes and in all size and shape, you think I could get one or two from her?:)) Endre

Feb 11, 2022 10:17 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey if necessity is the mother of invention who is the mother of necessity? That’s kind of a dad joke lol

Feb 13, 2022 10:40 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I always thought a wheelchair that would adjust to countertop level would be a good invention.  One has probably already been invented and I'm just behind times.

Feb 15, 2022 05:58 AM