Did You Know? SFSU Fun Facts

20 Mar

Did you know the modern waterbed was invented at SF State? The inventor, Charles Hall, came up with the water bed as part of his master’s thesis project in industrial design more than 45 years ago. Hall’s goal was to design furniture that would eliminate the pressure points that cut off circulation and cause discomfort. His first trials included a cornstarch chair that weighed over 300 pounds. He also tried a Jello filler, which was more expensive and no better than the cornstarch. Hall then tried a different approach- using water and in the shape of a bed. The result- the commonly known waterbed!

For more information visit SF State Magazine.

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