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8 brilliant, everyday things invented by kids

By: Melissa Breyer on May 19, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
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Children of invention

Many kids have active imaginations. It’s easy to have a roaming mind, free to think outside of the box when you don’t have adult responsibilities gobbling up mental space. But some kids seem born with a particular mindset that goes beyond imagination — a distinct mix of ingenuity and drive that results in especially inventive thinking. While many of these kids may go on to fulfill the stereotype of the absent-minded old inventor, a special handful of them came up with wonderful inventions before they reached the ripe old age of 20. The following everyday items all sprung from the brilliant minds of kids — and have proven their staying power over time. (Text: Melissa Breyer)