Stanley Mason may be the most famous inventor you’ve never heard of.
You use his inventions almost every day: the squeezable ketchup bottle, granola bars, the square plastic milk jug, microwavable cookware, floss dispensers, the disposable diaper. But you probably didn’t know that one man was behind them all.
Mason, who died on this day in 2006 at the age of 84, is responsible for dozens of inventions over his lifetime, many of which are still used today.
Foaming toothpaste, warming shaving cream, the Playtex plastic-underwire bra, stringless peel-open Band-Aid packaging, Tupperware designs, Pepperidge Farm’s signature packaging, hair dye, baby wipes—you can find at least one of Mason’s inventions in almost any home around the country.
His first invention, besides a fishing lure he sold to friends at the tender age of 7, was the disposable diaper, contoured to fit the shape of a baby’s bottom.
"My wife asked me to put the diaper on the baby," he told the Seattle Times. "I held up the clothRead More »from Dec. 6: The most famous inventor you've never heard of died on this day in 2006