This week: The egg sandwich: A long and scrambled history; Twitter launches “Moments”; Who says money doesn’t grow on trees?
How the Creation of the Egg Sandwich Boiled Down to Fried Workers
Okay, sorry. I’ll stop with the puns. But, seriously, it always intrigues me to learn the history of everyday things that we usually don’t give a thought to. I bet most people think the Egg McMuffin was the first egg sandwich. It turns out that industrial workers in 19th century England, too busy to eat before leaving for the factory, gave rise to entrepreneurial street vendors who served up fast and runny egg sandwiches along with mugs of coffee. Read more about the evolution of the egg sandwich, the workers it satisfied, and the entrepreneurs who profited. It even played a role in the discovery of the American West and the building of the railroad!
Kodak had its “moment”; Twitter grabs its “Moments”
Indeed it has with several announcements the last few weeks, including Jack Dorsey taking over again as Twitter CEO. In addition, the company is rumored to be experimenting with a format that will allow longer tweets. And now it has launched “Moments,” which is described as a mini news digest consisting of roughly 10 tweets on a particular topic. Find out more . . .
The Money Trees
Remember as a kid how tempting it was to jump into a pile of freshly raked fall leaves? Now an entrepreneur in New England hopes those colorful piles will have him rolling in the dough.
An entrepreneur named Kyle Waring has started a company called ShipFoliage.com to allow anyone in the country to experience the beauty of the changing seasons. Each package contains three beautiful leaves, each in a different color, and costs $19.99. Find out more . . .
P.S. In case you didn’t recognize the name, Waring is the same guy who started a company last winter to ship snow from Boston to clients in warmer parts of the country.