Have you looked back?

Dec 21, 2012

Edwards Family

Light Bulb No. 2 I enjoy looking through the Wonderopolis archives (categorized on the side of the site).  I especially like seeing what the Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day from exactly one year ago on that day. I normally share that on twitter and have started sharing that recently some on facebook.

I normally look in the holiday category for the one that is the closest to the current date last year. Once I get to that Wonder, I use the arrows to move forward or back to find the date I want.

The Wonder of the Day from last year on Jan. 10th was dealt with inventions:

When a new invention is created, developers often invest thousands — or even millions — of dollars into the product or idea. Once the invention is complete, how do they prevent others from stealing their idea and unfairly profiting from it? Smart inventors patent their new creation.
My husband is involved in engineering and applying for patents (he has about six patents so far), so he had this information to share about that Wonder of the Day:

There are 2 types of patents. A design patent is easier to get but much tougher to defend. It is based on a design, look, and aesthetics. A utility patent is how something works or is used. It is a better patent to get and can be easier to defend. Patents can last for 20 years at most. Any patent older that 20 years can be used by the public.

There are so many interesting, fact-filled, awsome Wonder of the Day entries from the past! I encourage you to look at the different categories ... pick out one that seems interesting and see what you can find!
My daughter and I did that one day. She wanted to see what was in the color category and still talks about one of the Wonders that we found ... #129 Why are school buses yellow?



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