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Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:00 AM PST
The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
Here's the strange story of a family-owned business so dysfunctional that business schools teach it as a lesson in how not to run a company.
In 1923 his boisterous older brother Rudolf joined his business. "Rudi" handled sales while "Adi" made the shoes. In 1924 they formalized their partnership by founding the Dassler Brother Shoe Company. Two years after that, they moved their growing business into a factory on the other side of town.
CAIN AND ADI
In December 1940, Adi was called up for military service, but he managed to get an exemption after just three months in uniform, perhaps with help from Rudi, who may have pulled strings from Herzogenaurach. If so, that probably made Rudi all the more bitter when he was called up for military service in 1943 and couldn't get out of it. He was convinced that Adi and his wife Kathe had schemed to get him sent to the front so that Adi could have the business to himself. Rudi retaliated by trying to get the factory shut down so that Adi would also be sent to the front, but he failed.
Rudy is on the left, Adi is on the right.
Adi Dassler decided that the strips -which were painted white or some other color to make them look like stripes- would be the Adidas trademark. He made up sample shoes with two, three, four, five, and six stripes apiece, then asked his wife Kathe and her sister Marianne to pick which ones they liked best. Two-stripe shoes were out: Some Dassler Brothers shoe designs had used two strips of leather, so Rudi would have grounds to fight a two-stripe trademark if he wanted to.
Kathe and Marianne felt the shoes with four or more stripes looked too busy. They picked three stripes, and Adidas shoes have been made with them ever since. Over at Puma, Rudi played with a few designs, including a puma jumping through a capital "D," before eventually settling on the company's signature "formstripe," a horizontal stripe that begins at the back of the shoe, then widens as it move forward along the side of the shoe before turning town toward the sole.
Bowerman was a lot like Adi Dassler: He liked to tinker with shoe designs. He thought ordinary athletic shoes, like the ones made by Adidas and Puma, were too heavy. He believed that if shoes were lighter, his athletes would be able to run faster. So in the early 1970s he invented a shoe he called the Waffle (so named because he made the shoe's revolutionary urethane sole in his wife's waffle iron).
The article above was reprinted with permission from the newest volume of the Bathroom reader series, Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST
Jill's daughter loves to color, but makers get expensive and can make a mess. Her solution was to cover an old coffee table with a chalkboard:
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST
Think advent calendars filled with candy are too kiddy? Well then, why not try filling them with booze instead? With the Whisky Advent Calendar, you get 24 shot-sized bottles each featuring a different sample of whisky. While the company won't tell precisely what is in the box ahead of time, they do give you one hint:
They also have a Ginvent calendar for those who aren't too big on Scotch and bourbon.
Posted: 19 Nov 2012 12:00 AM PST
Ah, those were the days! Sometimes it seems like the world is divided into two parts: those people who were introduced to Star Wars as the movies came out starting in 1977, and those whose childhoods were filled with prequels. These pictures will introduce the younger generations to the cool Lucas, the man who hung out with Francis Ford Coppola and Akira Kurosawa, as in the above picture. See the rest at Gamma Squad. Link
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:00 PM PST
Clever, isn't it? This 1907 design from White-Merrill was made for horse cavalry soldiers who needed a one-handed weapon:
It could fire ten .45-caliber rounds fed individually or with a stripper clip.
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:00 PM PST
The news is out this week that Tim Burton may be directing a live-action version of Pinnocchio starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Geppetto. That's an interesting casting choice, to be sure, but they said the same thing when Downey was cast as Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes, and as Iron Man, which all make sense after we saw them. Emily Temple at Flavorwire considered how other animated characters might be cast in live-action films if they were to be made today. For example, if The Little Mermaid were a live-action film, Tyra Banks might made a great Ursula. Ya think? After all, there's no law that says the evil octopus has to be fat. Link
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:00 PM PST
Kissing Elves Salt & Pepper Shakers - $10.95
Christmas is right around the corner. Are you looking to add a little bit of naughty and nice to your kitchen table? You need the Kissing Elves Salt & Pepper Shakers from the NeatoShop. This cheerful glazed ceramic set is held together by magnets.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Salt & Pepper Shakers.
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:00 PM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 07:00 PM PST
New findings have been released on the 300-year-old mystery of Tycho Brahe's death. The Danish astronomer died 300 years ago, and for a long time it was assumed that he succumbed to an infection from a burst bladder after a particularly long banquet, because it would be considered rude to get up and go relieve himself. But in 1901, evidence of mercury was found in Brahe's hair, leading many to believe he was poisoned, possibly by his assistant, Johannes Kepler.
So maybe he really did die from holding it in too long. Link
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 06:00 PM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST
At some point, every parent thinks that s/he's somehow brought a demon into this world. They'd be more convinced if their children looked this this doll on a regular basis. Bean Shanine, the artist behind The Twisted Beanstalk Nursery, makes baby dolls that are both cute and terrifying.
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 03:00 PM PST
In 2008, a man in Salinas, California stole a truck. He made a bad decision and ended up with even worse luck:
Then it got even worse...or better, depending on your point of view:
Both thieves were later arrested.
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST
Ashlyn Blocker is 13 years old and has never felt pain -physical pain that is. She has “congenital insensitivity to pain,” meaning that although she can feel pressure and temperature up to a point, but not pain. Her condition is thought to be caused by a gene mutation. While the inability to feel pain may sound like a nice disability, it's caused all kinds of problems for a child growing up without feedback in an injurious world.
Ashlyn's parents founded Camp Painless But Hopeful in Georgia, to connect others with the condition, a few who also tell their stories in this article at the New YOrk Times. Link -via Jason Kottke
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 01:00 PM PST
Glenys Barton's "Within" is a bronze sculpture about two and a half feet high. A pamphlet for an exhibition in London, Ontario explained its meaning:
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 12:00 PM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST
If you die, can your friends and relatives get onto your Facebook wall to let people know that you've passed? More importantly, can they access and delete your collection of untalented and somewhat unsettling My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic sketches on deviantArt? There are now companies set up to make sure that your digital legacy can be reached and managed after you, the keeper of the passwords, have died:
POLL: Have you made your online content accessible after you die?
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:00 AM PST
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:00 AM PST
In a project called Family Tree, photographer Bobby Neel Adams combined photos of family members to show how much they resemble each other. There is no Photoshop involved, just combined, hand-torn portraits. All of the photographs are of parent-child, and a couple are opposite sex pairings. Link -via reddit
Previously:Bobby Neel Adams' Age Maps
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:00 AM PST
Horror movies have featured some pretty horrifying creatures over the years, and they've also let some real turkeys take center stage.
Flavorwire presents a supercut of the goofiest monsters and baddies ever featured in horror movies, and when they say goofy they mean utterly ridiculous!
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST
As we prepare to celebrate a holiday that centers around eating, we look forward to mass quantities of turkey, gravy, and pie. And no matter how much rich food you eat for Thanksgiving at the main meal, there always seems to be room for pie. Even outside the holidays, we reach for more Cheetos than should be necessary to make us full and happy. Why do we eat so much? AsapSCIENCE explains what's going on. -via Irene's Internet
Posted: 18 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST
"Gotta catch all the ponies!" Dusty Gusty's Pika Pony won't stay in a Poké Ball, but he will bear one as a cutie mark.
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