Fridges with an internal web-cam, rubber wellies, bobsleighs, and wheelie bins are every day items that we take for granted, but did you ever consider how they came about or the stories behind them?
If you’re looking for inspiration, why not turn to the story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsledding team? Yes, you read that right – Jamaica, a tropical island with no snow! This tale was so captivating, it was even turned into the popular Hollywood film “Cool Runnings”. The movie tells the true story of the first ever Jamaican bobsled team who made it to the Olympics. The inspiring story shows how with a lot of hard work and determination, and against impossible odds, unimaginable dreams can come true.
Similarly, rubber Wellington boots have an interesting history. Did you know they were first mass-produced in Scotland? The owner of the factory believed that the wet and miserable weather in Scotland would increase demand for his rubber boots – and he was right! Now, you’ll find Wellington boots in countries all around the world, worn for various outdoor activities and jobs.
Moving on to wheelie bins – did you know that in the UK, households and businesses produce over 434 million tons of waste every year? That’s a lot of rubbish! In fact, at the rate we’re going, it would take only 2 hours to fill the renowned Albert Hall.
And let’s not forget the fridge with the internal web-cam! It was designed by a Japanese company to make life easier for people by allowing them to check their fridge’s contents from anywhere. No more wondering, “What should I buy?” as you can easily log into the web-cam and know what items you need to restock before reaching home.
These inspiring, true stories of invention and innovation can inspire us all towards dreaming big and achieving our goals. So why not explore more about these inventions and the many others out there? And if you’re looking for a remarkable documentary – check out “Cool Runnings” to watch the inspiring story of the Jamaican bobsled team.