Five Innovations You Can Thank Your Pet For

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Five Innovations You Can Thank Your Pet For Five Innovations You Can Thank Your Pet For
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Five Innovations You Can Thank Your Pet For

by Alessandra Rizzotti, GOOD Partner

July 9, 2013

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With ever-increasing traffic, road reflectors do a good job of keeping us safe on the road, and we can thank cats for that. In the 1930s, inventive Yorkshire repairman Percy Shaw had gotten on his motorcycle on a foggy night after spending the day asphalting a street. Unable to see the road well, he had almost plummeted over the edge of a twisting road, but the reflection of his headlight in a cat’s eyes stopped him. In 1935, Shaw developed the “Catseye” reflecting roadstud and founded Reflecting Roadstuds Ltd. However, his invention wasn’t widely adopted in the United Kingdom until a blackout during World War II, about 10 years later. Now, Shaw’s invention has been modified and used on roads across the world.

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