Unexpected inventions from unexpected people

Neatorama has a fascinating round up titled “unexpected inventions from unexpected people,” like did you know Henry David Thoreau invented raisin bread and that you can thank Margaret Thatcher for soft serve ice cream?

Henry David Thoreau, of all people, invented raisin bread when he tossed a handful into the dough he was baking while at Walden Pond. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the addition of the shriveled little grapes is said to have just stunned and scandalized the housewives of Concord, Massachusetts, who were used to doing their baking in a very particular manner. I bet their minds would be blown by cinnamon raisin bread.

As a big fan of raisin bread, I thoreau-ly appreciate his genius!