Monthly Archives: August 2011

From The Archives: Celebrity Dwarf, John Rice

John Rice, the self-made Florida millionaire who at 2 feet, 10 inches, was one of the world’s shortest twins, has died after falling off a footstool. Over the last 25 years, Rice and his equally small brother Greg became millionaires … Continue reading

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Leo Kahn, Founder of Staples

Leo Kahn, founder of Staples and a pioneer in big-box retailing, is now a pioneer in pine-box decaying. Kahn tragically died after a series of strokes. By the time doctors got to him, he was already canary yellow and covered … Continue reading

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George C. Ballas Sr., Inventor of The Weed Eater

George C. Ballas Sr., a Houston developer who invented the Weed Eater, is now being eaten by weeds. Ballas got the idea for his machine after watching spinning brushes at a local car wash. He wondered if the same principle that … Continue reading

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From The Archives: Mike Yurosek, Inventor Of Baby Carrots

Mike Yurosek, the inventor of those peeled “baby” carrots used around the world by heroin addicts trying to kick the habit, died last week after chomping down on his own niblet. It was in 1986 when Yurosek first perfected a … Continue reading

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From The Archives: Rebecca Webb Carranza, Inventor of the Tortilla Chip

Rebecca Web Carranza, acknowledged creator of the first tortilla chip, died of a heart attack last month when she accidentally ate a priceless plate of nachos in the shape of the Virgin Mary. Witnesses say her body was found cracked and … Continue reading

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