No. 538: Electric blankets, Andrei Sakharov and intermodal ground transportation, with cheese

Are they nuts: The culinary atrocity Circus Peanuts is actually the "favorite candy" of one Northeast state -- but not New York, of course.


Big deal: Another busy workweek wraps and a fresh fall weekend arrives, dear readers.

It’s Friday, all right, and we’re shouting out to all the small-minded big thinkers on National Nanotechnology Day, held this and every Oct. 9.

Turn up your nose: But you don’t know what you’re missing.

Breaking the mold: For the cheesemonger in us all, today is also National Moldy Cheese Day, which is actually very tasty, if done right.

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Stitch in time: All-time innovator Isaac Singer sewed up a U.S. patent on Oct. 9, 1855, for his breakthrough sewing machine motor.

Other U.S. patents issued on this date include two in 1888 for Serbian sci-guy Nikola Tesla, who pushed alternating-current technology with his “Dynamo Electric Machine” and improved transmission systems with his current-motor regulator.

Distanced, socially: Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson shared the first two-way phone conversation carried over outdoor wires, zipping between Cambridge and Boston 144 years ago today.

I’m Batman: Clément Ader’s winged wonder.

Wright brothers? Wrong: Thirteen years before Kittyhawk – on Oct. 9, 1890 – there was French inventor Clément Ader, who flew his steam-powered, bat-shaped aircraft 160 feet, with witnesses and everything.

Heating up: The first commercially available electric blanket warmed retail shelves on this date in 1946.

Sakharov it to them: And it was Oct. 9, 1975, when Andrei Sakharov – the father of the Soviet Union’s hydrogen bomb – won the Nobel Peace Prize for his famous struggles against the abuse of human dignity, particularly in the USSR.

For the record, the physicist was prevented by Soviet officials from traveling to Norway to accept the award.

Fit to print: American-Canadian abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893), the first African-American newspaper publisher and second African-American woman to earn a law degree, would be 197 years old today.

Imagine: John Lennon, 80 today.

Also born on Oct. 9 were French chemist Pierre-Joseph Macquer (1718-1784), who authored the first chemical dictionary; German astronomer Karl Schwarzschild (1873-1916), who made key contributions to modern astronomy; English physicist Sir Peter Mansfield (1933-2017), who shared a Nobel Prize for developing magnetic resonance imaging; immortal Beatle John Lennon (1940-1980); chip off the old block Sean Lennon (born 1975); and celebrated Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (born 1964), winner of two Academy Awards and counting.

Somebody’s baby: And take a bow, Clyde Jackson Browne – the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2004), who’s sold more than 18 million records during his five-decade career, turns 72 today.

Wish the iconic songwriter well at, and don’t leave us Down on the Boulevard, Running on Empty – These Days, story tips and calendar items are especially appreciated (you know, Before the Deluge). Come on … Jamaica Say You Will.


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Crunching the numbers: Now THAT’S a proper candy.

Candyland: With Halloween looming (trick-or-treating or no, a full-on sweet-a-thon sure to last days, if not weeks), science has labored to determine each state’s “favorite candy” – and some of the winners will blow your mind, if not your tummy.

New Yorkers can relax: According to national employment-services provider and data aggregator Zippia, the Empire State’s favorite sweet is Nestle’s Crunch Bar, a perfectly understandable selection as determined by Zippia’s Google Trends analysis (which eschewed gum, not to be confused with chewing it). In six states, the most by any candy, Starburst – another acceptable choice – tops the charts; Payday Bars notch minor upsets in Louisiana and Mississippi; and classics like Kit Kat bars and Blow Pops score repeatedly. Hershey’s Kisses also make the board (in Wyoming, but not in Hershey’s Pennsylvania home, where they love them some Twizzlers).

Meanwhile, there’s no accounting for tastes in New Hampshire, where the top candy is Circus Peanuts (shaped, painted marshmallows from 10 minutes after they discovered sugar). They also have questionable sweet tooths in Indiana (Dum Dum lollipops, really?), West Virginia (Tootsie Rolls, yuck) and New Mexico (Hot Tamales, which seems kinda clichéd). Dig deeper into Zippia’s candy bowl right here.

Bully for them: The regional chapter of the world’s largest entrepreneur network has added a pressing social cause to its business-building agenda: bullying.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Long Island Chapter – local affiliate of the Virginia-based Entrepreneurs’ Organization (formerly the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization), which boasts 13,000-plus members in 175 chapters across 54 countries – announced this week that the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying has signed on as a sponsor. The coalition, a membership of regional businesses and healthcare specialists, offers education and outreach programs to prevent bullying and assist its victims, and it sees a good opportunity to spread its message (and its services) in league with the EO-LI, according to LICAB Executive Director Joe Salamone.

The sponsorship has already encouraged one collaboration, with EO-LI member Mark Cronin, co-founder of Melville-based John’s Crazy Socks, joining the LICAB to develop an education module focused on the bullying of people with disabilities. “We want to support EO-LI because we want to work with this group of dynamic business leaders,” Salamone noted. “They are helping shape the future of Long Island and we want to be part of that effort.”



By land, by air: How centralizing ground traffic will improve air traffic at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Free advice: Why are you always the one forwarding this entertaining, enlightening, thrice-weekly newsletter to the whole innovation team? They should get their own.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus: New York’s numbers are heading south (or north, whichever is worse) … is it the dreaded second wave? Only your pandemic primer knows.



Health-wise, feeling a little better about UBS Arena (and Reynolds Channel).



Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational innovations from all North American corners. This week’s brightest out-of-towners:

From New York City: Mobile advertising upstart eBumps helps 227 million Greater New York drivers monetize their space with car-mounted LCDs.

From Iowa: Urbandale-based LED display dynamo Insane Impact beefs up its all-weather, all-user, retail-ready MAX Mobile product line.

From Canada, eh: Edmonton-based mobile-productivity software specialist Smart Access rolls out the Go-Roll platform to streamline critical retail training.



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+ Nicole Oustatcher has joined Homes By Mara Realty of Syosset as a licensed associate broker. She previously served as global head of ethics for BNY Mellon in Manhattan.

+ Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana has elevated three partners to top management positions: Jeffrey Forchelli, formerly managing partner, is now firm chairman and co-managing partner; John Terrana, chairman of the Tax Certiorari Practice Group, is now co-managing partner; and Judy Simoncic, partner in the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group, is now deputy managing partner.

+ Andrew Blustein has been promoted to chairman of Great Neck-based Garfunkel Wild. He previously served as vice chairman.

+ Albert Li has been hired as a vitreoretinal surgeon at Great Neck-based VitreoRetinal Consultants. He previously served as an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

+ Scott Middleton has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Riverhead-based East End Arts Council. He is senior partner at Ronkonkoma-based Campolo, Middleton & McCormick.



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