When we hear the word “inventor,” we think of people like Thomas Edison or the Wright Brothers.

Some of the coolest inventors, though, are people you probably don’t know.  They didn’t invent planes or light bulbs; these people created products used so often, you probably didn’t even realize they were inventions.

For instance, have you ever wondered how a lollipop ended up on its stick? Or how the straw became bendable? These seemingly simple ideas took a lot of creativity and technological prowess.