“What’s up, Doc?” How did a man eating a carrot help to create one of the best-known cartoon characters of all time? In a scene from the romantic comedy, “It Happened One Night,” actor Clark Gable chewed on a carrot while situated next to actress Claudette Colbert. With the movie’s release in 1934, the incident became readily familiar to the public, and so, when people later watched the first cartoons showing the completely developed ‘Bugs Bunny’ character, which appeared starting on 27 July 1940, they easily recognized the parody, or humorously exaggerated imitation. As time passed by, the public largely forgot about the movie “It Happened One Night,” but the ‘wascawy wabbit’ it inspired lives on in their imaginations.
From Candles to Soap
In 1879, the Procter & Gamble Company’s best-selling product was candles. But the company was in trouble. Thomas Alva Edison had invented the light bulb, and it looked as if candles would become obsolete. Their fears became reality when the market for candles plummeted and people bought them only for special occasions.
The outlook appeared to be bleak for Procter & Gamble. However, at this time, it seemed that destiny played a dramatic part in pulling the struggling company from the clutches of bankruptcy. A forgetful employee at a small factory in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America, forgot to turn off a soap-mixing machine when he went to lunch. The result was a frothing mass of lather filled with air bubbles. He almost threw the stuff away, but instead decided to make it into soap. The soap floated. This is the story of how Ivory soap was invented, and it became a central product of the P&G Company.
Why was the soap that floats such an in-demand item at that time? In Cincinnati, during that period, many people bathed in the Ohio River. Floating soap did not sink, and consequently, would not get lost in the river. Ivory soap became a best seller in Ohio, and eventually, all across the country. Quite by accident of a careless employee, it became the lifesaver of the Proctor & Gamble Company.
Like the folks of Procter & Gamble, you must never give up when things go wrong or when seemingly unsurmountable problems arise. Keep working, and put some creativity to work so that what seems like a problem situation is turned into your gold mine of good fortune.
To learn more about Ivory Bar Soap or to purchase it and other P&G Products, click on Proctor & Gamble.
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