Some People Don't Know These 10 Things Came From Maine
By Michelle|Updated on June 27, 2022(Originally published June 22, 2022)
Michelle's life is a colorful map of exploration and adventure. From the iconic streets of New York to the sunny shores of Florida, the jagged coast of Maine to the rugged terrain of Montana, she's been fortunate to call some of America's most beautiful states home. Beyond the U.S., Michelle's wanderlust has taken her on a motorcycle journey through India, led her to teach English in Hanoi, and saw her studying Spanish in Guatemala. Michelle graduated with a communications degree from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and in addition to a career in advertising has worked with OnlyInYourState since 2016, where her love for travel and storytelling converges. Alongside writing and exploring, Michelle finds joy in photography, staying active, and time with her family.
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When people think of Maine, the obvious comes to mind. From lobster to L.L. Bean, some things are easily associated with our state. But, what many people don’t realize is that they have Maine to thank for so much more. Ears getting cold this winter? Grab your earmuffs, which you have as a result of the ingenuity of a Mainer. Maine inventions have contributed to our world and for that we are thankful.
There you have it, hopefully, after reading some of these Maine inventions you have a new perspective on our state’s ingenuity and knowledgeable past. We self-sufficient Mainers know how to get stuff done, am I right? Did we leave anything off the list? Let us know in the comments!
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Maine holds many secrets. Even though you won't find a Silicon Valley or great inventions that have completely changed history we still have a few things to shout about, and you can't take that away from us. But then again, we might actually have a few that really have changed the world. Maine always has a few tricks up its flannel sleeves. The microwave was invented by Percy Spencer. The discovery was made in 1945. While experimenting with microwaves, he noticed the candy bar in his pocket melted, then the idea for heating food was born. Maine woodsmen for many years would chew on hardened spruce sap. But one clever man named John B. Curtis commercialized the idea, creating the first chewing gum. Paper plates were invited in Maine, too. The idea started in New York when a man named Martin Keyes observed workers in a mill eating lunch on wooden scraps. Well in Maine, Keyes invented a way to create paper plates that are still widely used and any local backyard BBQ. So now when you chew gum well heating up leftovers on a paper plate, you can thank Maine for those luxuries. We might not have invented it but this is a list of things we did first, we might not be able to claim creating the sun but we can see it first!