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Ceramic bed pan purchased at a yard sale
I need a little help from some creative minds. My father purchased this ceramic bed pan at a yard sale and thought his wife would see it as a fun addition to the garden. She did not. So on Black Friday he left it on my couch as a gift to my wife, who loves to reinvent antiques for craft projects. My wife wants to turn an old canary cage into a lamp. We have junk suitcases she’ll convert to tool boxes. We even picked up two end-tables left on the curb because she wanted to learn to refinish wood. But my wife cannot imagine a possible use for this bed pan that would make it either fun or cute. Can you?
To get the creative juices flowing, here’s a reminder of famous reinventions in history:

1. Sticky notes

Flickr, Jason Broaddus

Spencer Silver invented the glue in Post-It Notes, also called sticky notes even though that term is trademarked by a different company, but didn’t know what to do with it. Colleague Arthur Fry was having
trouble getting his bookmark in his church hymnal to stay put and remembered Silver’s glue. Product testing in Boise revealed 95 percent of people liked the product.

2. Silly Putty

putty
Flickr, Mr. Thomas

Silly Putty was invented in 1943 as a potential substitute for rubber after the Japanese military invaded rubber-producing islands in Asia. A poor substitute, the bouncing putty had no purpose until sold to a toy store in 1949. It wasn’t even marketed to children until the mid-1950s.

3. Plastic

pool balls
Flickr, PsychaSec

Celluloid, a key ingredient of plastic, was first developed as a substitute for ivory for use in producing billiard balls. The first versions of the product were not strong enough for use in pool balls but led to the discovery of something far more ubiquitous.

4. Gun Powder

Flickr, Tony Olm

Gun powder was invented as an elixir for immortality in China. By the 11th
Century, Chinese emperors had found a far more useful purpose for it.

5. TNT

Flickr, Dustin Holmes

TNT was originally used as a yellow dye. The German military poured it into
artillery shells in 1902 and TNT has been a popular explosive ever since.

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