Plumbing The Patent Files

  • J. Edgar Hoover's Soda-Saving Sidekick

  • For decades, Clyde A. Tolson was J. Edgar Hoover's closest aide at the FBI. Heck, if you believe those nasty rumors, the two bachelors were actually thisclose. Either way, Tolson had another talent (in addition to chasing Reds, harassing civil rights leaders, and targeting political enemies). He invented a sealing device for pop bottles! We don't have to tell you how Patent Number 2,921,709 revolutionized the carbonated beverage industry.

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