Charles Goodyear went to jail for a contempt of court citation. Imprisoned, he went to work in the kitchen and worked on an idea in which he developed the method for vulcanizing rubber.
Martin Luther was forced to stay in Wartburg Castle and his lemonade was his translation of the Bible into the German language
Charles Kettering broke his arm on the starting crank of his automobile – his lemonade was the development of the self-starter for engines.
Jacob Schick could not shave at -40 degrees and invented the electric razor
It is easy to talk about making the most of bad situations, it is another to do it
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