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In its 169th year, Hammacher Schlemmer gave WGN News a peek inside its innovative world for a look at what the cataloger has done and how it's impacted consumers for generations. Hammacher Schlemmer has evolved with the times, stayed true to its identity and paved the way for some of the greatest inventions of our time.


What runner hasn't daydreamed about a world in which temperature would be of no concern to training plans. If only we lived in a land with these magical luxuries.


Did you know that the individual often credited with popularizing karaoke did not reap the financial rewards of his invention to the extent possible? It's true - Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke in Kobe, Japan in the early 1970s, and as we all know, karaoke became, and still is, popular in the United States and globally. However, Inoue did not patent his invention, and sadly, he did not capitalize on this popular form of entertainment.


Gallery: The Great Northern Railway's first Empire Builder rumbled across the Mississippi on the Stone Arch Bridge, with a route eventually stretching from Lake Superior to Puget Sound. Gallery: The Mayo brothers and their associates officially adopt the name "Mayo Clinic" in 1914.


On May 22, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously - and correctly - on a fairly obscure case that nonetheless has huge implications in an area where millions or even billions of dollars are frequently at stake. In TC Heartland v.

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