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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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In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered drink mix, water and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. Given the frigid temperature overnight, Epperson woke up to find a frozen pop, which he called the “Epsicle.” He continued to make them, and eventually his own kids took to calling them “Pop’s 'sicles.” In 1923, Epperson officially changed the name to “Popcicle,” applied for a patent, sold the rights to the name … and the rest is frozen-drink-on-a-stick history.