Worth a Look: Inside a 1915 Teddy Bear Factory
March 21, 2012
Plus: Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us, What Bosses Never Tell Employees, Big Returns on Giveaways, Google’s Cooling Strategy, Puzzling Particles and MORE.
Sometimes the Internet seems like it’s gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar — all in bite-sized chunks.
- Why We’re Still Fascinated with the Titanic | It will be 100 years next month since the ocean liner struck an iceberg and sank, yet the tragedy of the Titanic still looms large in our collective consciousness, keeping readers and audiences spellbound a century later. Why does the tragedy still hold so much interest for us? In the latest issue of Smithsonian Magazine, author Andrew Wilson provides a fascinating addition to the lore of the world’s most famous ship.
- Creating a Business that Stands for Something | While making a profit is still the central goal for any company, focusing solely on money may not be enough for success. A recent article from Fast Company’s Co.Exist blog explains the principles behind founding a business that is not only profitable but also supports a positive cause and works to solve real problems in the world. Market forces are likely to put increasing pressure on corporate morality, and entrepreneurs will have to take these forces into account if they hope to remain competitive.
- How Much Can You Accomplish in 10 Minutes? | A lot, according to Christopher Ryan at GreatB2BMarketing. Sometimes putting too much time and effort into a project or personal mission can backfire — in the form of overkill. To achieve goals, it’s much more effective to approach them in small segments of time. Dedicating 10 minutes to a task can result in a more “concentrated” effort, something that can be used as a successful business strategy, Ryan argues. Among his tasks to accomplish in 10 minutes: Work “smart” instead of “hard.” The clock is ticking, so what are you waiting for?
- What Bosses Never Tell Employees | “I don’t think I know everything. A few people stepped in, without being asked, and made a huge difference in my professional life. I will always be grateful to them. I don’t offer you advice because I think I’m all knowing or all-powerful. I see something special in you, and I’m repaying the debt I owe to the people who helped me.” This is just one of 10 things that business owners wish they could say to employees — but don’t — according to Inc.com’s Jeff Haden. Plus: Haden's 7 Things Your Employees Will Never Tell You.
- 11 Particles that Make for Puzzling Physics | The standard model of matter leaves many lingering questions about physics in the universe, which have led physicists to hypothesize numerous new particles. New Scientist highlights some of these theoretical particles and their associated physics puzzles, including “stringballs” made possible by string theory, “tetraquarks” that could be produced when an electron and positron annihilate and “wimpzillas,” which are monstrously massive dark particles.
- How Google Cools its Facilities (and Saves Energy) | Most of Google’s data centers consume only half the energy of a typical facility by incorporating free cooling methods instead of costlier mechanical cooling systems. For example, the company’s Georgia data center relies on recycled water from the local Water and Sewer Authority that is then treated, disinfected and sent back clean into the Chattahoochee River, according to the search engine’s official blog, which explains how the company cuts expenses while building a stronger relationship with the local community.
- Sell More Stuff by Giving it Away | Thank-you gifts, contest prizes or make-good giveaways — occasionally providing your product to customers for free can go a long way for small businesses. At CBS Moneywatch, Michael Hess, founder and CEO of Skooba Design, lays out how “taking a longer view of the benefits of building some ‘write-offs’ into your marketing plans and budgets can pay dividends.”
- Inside a 1915 Teddy Bear Factory | In researching the Library of Congress for a story, The Atlantic uncovered a fantastic photo collection of a teddy bear factory in 1915. “Take a look at these photographs,” senior editor Alexis Madrigal writes. “They tell you something about how and where toys were once made.” Check out The Atlantic for a slideshow of these old photos.