Although one hit wonders are usually associated with music, today we are going to expand the definition significantly. Whether it is a book, toy, movie, video game, or even a sport, all of the following share one thing in common…they don’t have a sequel! These are 25 of the most famous non-musical one hit wonders!
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Rocket Chemical was looking to make degreasers for rockets. It was only on their 40th try that they finally came up with a useful solution. They named it WD-40 and eventually even changed their company name to reflect what is basically their only product.
Edmund Gettier, a philosopher at the Wayne State University in Detroit wrote a 3 page paper in 1963 just to satisfy the administration’s publication requirements. He thought it was so bad that he had it translated to Spanish and published in an obscure South American philosophy journal. As it turns out, those 3 pages turned 2,000 years of philosophy on its head. It lead to what is known as the Gettier problem. Basically, he showed that justified true belief isn’t really knowledge (you’ll have to google this, it’s pretty interesting). At any rate, Edmund just went back to being a normal philosophy professor afterwards.
It was basically the first antibiotic, and although it’s still used today, lots of bacteria are now resistant.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee made Atticus Finch, the protagonist of the century. It’s hard to top that.
Winnie the Pooh
A. Milne was a pretty well known scholar, but he had a hard time being taken seriously after publishing his children’s book.