Rated G: Invention for General Audiences

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Rated G: Invention for General Audiences

May 12, 2014

It’s May 12, the 132nd day of the year, and a great day in history for inventors. Picture this—1792, a toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented; 1908, U.S. patent #887,357 for the “wireless telephone” was granted to Nathan B. Stubblefield; and in 1941, Konrad Zuse publicly unveiled the Z3 programmable computer.

Fast forward to 2014. Today we’re celebrating two doctors of modern-day science in our quest to give inventors top billing for National Inventors Month. However, in this adaptation, our inventors are, well, characters of a cartoonist’s imagination. Enter Dr. Nefario and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, who regardless of their physical existence, have still made it big through their on-screen presence.

Today’s Movie Monday picks are Despicable Me and The Muppets. As kids at heart, we can all imagine scenarios where their groundbreaking inventions—including the freeze ray, cookie robots, and edible paper clips—could help revolutionize the world.

It’s time to play the music, and time to light the lights. It’s time to raise the curtain, let your imagination run wild, and watch the show tonight. Role film.

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