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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 82: Inventions and developments

1 A young English designer named Carwardine approached the firm of Herbert Terry at the beginning of the 1930s with the proposal that it should build a desk light employing the constant-tension jointing principles found in the human arm. The company agreed, and the Anglepoise light was the result. From that time it has been in production, scarcely altered except for details and finishes.

2 Cat’s eyes in the road.

3 Spitfires.

4 Clarence Birdseye took a vacation in Canada and saw some salmon that had been naturally frozen in ice and then thawed. When they were cooked he noticed how fresh they tasted. He borrowed the idea and the mighty frozen food industry was born.

5 They could have suggested the principle ...

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