TIL: The inventor of shopping carts, Sylvan Goldman, had to hire “decoy shoppers” to wheel the carts around stores and demonstrate their convenience, due to not catching on initially.

Read more: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/shopping-cart-origin/

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  1. Do read the entirety of the article. This is why (and it goes into further detail):

    “We could happily conclude our history of the shopping cart there, but that would leave out all the sex. Modern shoppers have found new uses for this now seemingly mundane grocery conveyance — it has at least in some parts of the U.S. become a component in a specialized way to indicate via non-verbal signals potential sexual availability.”

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