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9 Simple Inventions That Make Us Ask, 'Why Didn’t I Think of That?'

<p>It’s called the Eureka moment – a sudden flash of intuition that leads us down a path to a wonderful, new, productive solution.</p><p>Most of us have had such moments, but a select few have parlayed them into something grand, something that changes the world. That was the case for Arthur Fry, inventor of the Post-It Note and Richard James, inventor of the Slinky toy. They took simple ideas – such as a sticky note and a coil spring -- and touched hundreds of millions of lives with them.</p><p>Here, we’ve collected brief stories of 9 simple game changers – ideas built on Eureka moments. From Slinky springs to wheeled suitcases to upside-down ketchup bottles, following are some of the best and most notable.</p>
From sticky notes to rolling suitcases, here are nine game changers built on sudden flashes of intuitive thinking.

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 34 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.

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