In 1993, 8-year-old Abbey Fleck and her dad were cooking bacon when they realized they didn't have paper towels to soak up the grease. That's when she got an idea - maybe bacon could be cooked upright, so the grease would just drip off and there'd be no need for towels. Abbey and her dad came up with Makin' Bacon, which cooks bacon upright in the microwave. It's now sold at stores all over.
The old man in this picture is Frank Epperson at age 78. At age 11, he had left a glass containing soda water powder, water, and a stirring stick out on a porch one particularly cold night. He found it the next day, and discovered it was actually quite good. He continued to make the frozen treats, called Popsicles, for friends and family before patenting it 18 years later in 1923.
At age 11, Cassidy Goldstein was working on a school project, but was having trouble using her crayons because they were broken and hard to hold. So she found a plastic tube used for shipping flowers and found they worked great for holding crayons. This led to the creation of Crayon Holders, sold through the company By Kids For Kids.
When he was 11, Richie Stachowski was on a family vacation in Hawaii when he thought it would be cool if his family could talk to each other while diving underwater. So he started researching underwater acoustics, tested out prototypes in the family pool, and created the Water Talkie. He eventually pitched it to Toys R Us, and it became a huge success.
In 1873 at age 15, Chester Greenwood was ice skating when he realized scarves don't quite do enough to keep your ears warm. So he made a wire frame, asked his grandmother to sew beaver fur onto it, and the earmuffs were born. He patented them four years later, eventually opening a factory and making a fortune.
Six-year-old Peh Yong was standing under a tree on a hot day and wondered why it felt so much cooler under there. This curiosity led to her creating the Cooling Umbrella. It's lined with straws that contain threads that absorb moisture from a water container. The water vapor then travels through the straw and is released under the umbrella, keeping the user cool.
Born in 1809, Louis Braille went blind at age 3. When he was 10, he earned a scholarship to attend France's first specialized school for the blind. While there, Braille adopted sonography, a tactile code language used by soldiers, and turned it into the language for the blind that carries his name.
Alissa Chavez was 17 when she decided she wanted to make something to keep young children from dying inside hot cars. She came up with the Hot Seat, an alarm for car seats that alerts parents if they left their child in a car. The alarm goes off on the car, on a key chain, and on a cell phone, so a parent will be aware of it wherever they may be.
At age 10, Maddie Bradshaw put designs on bottle caps, hung them on her locker, and then made some for her friends when they liked what they saw. Later, she got the idea make necklaces out of the bottle caps and a metal pendant, which she named Snap Caps. She brought them to local stores, where they quickly sold out, and eventually took the idea to ABC's "Shark Tank," where she got three of the sharks to invest in her company so they could launch the product internationally.
Hart Cain was 13 when he observed that the candles his sister was selling for a fundraiser weren't manly enough. His parents encouraged him to run with the idea, so he invested $100 dollars and made candles that smell like coffee, bacon, and a baseball mitt. He makes the candles out of soup cans, and the soup is actually donated to soup kitchens across the country. So far, over 80,000 cans have been donated.