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Monday, September 1, 2014

Jewish holidays and other fall activities

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More Ways to Keep the Mind of People with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementias, Long Term Care Residents, and Others, Active This Fall

As with the early fall activities and discussion topics, the ones for mid fall also stimulate the mind of those with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and other long term care residents. Keeping these people engaged in activities and conversation help to slow their loss of function. Having them keep a positive attitude also is a must

Mid fall activity topics include more about apples, but this time in combination with honey. Also on the list are the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In addition to this, classical music and the piano are timely topics because September is national piano month and national classical music month.

The first activity idea incorporates apples, honey and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana(the Jewish New Year) is most often in September, but it depends on the Jewish calendar which has goes by the moon. Simply put, Rosh Hashana is a solemn holiday. It is a time for reflection, a time when you examine your life and make amends for all the wrongs that you may have been part of during the past year. Yom Kippur is the "day of atonement" when you ask forgiveness for all your sins of the past year. There are some traditions of these holidays that everyone can enjoy

This year Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday September 24 and ends at sunset on Friday September 26. Yom Kippur starts on the evening of Friday, October 3 and ends at sunset on October 4.

All Jewish holidays start and end in the evening.

A tradition on Rosh Hashana is to dip apples into honey. If you do this, it is said that you will have a sweet new year. This activity is relatively easy to do. You can have a discussion about the Jewish holidays. If you have any Jewish residents, make sure to involve him/her in the planning process. They may even reveal some more easy to do traditions to you.

Also call on them often during the discussion even if they are lower functioning. You might say something like, "Bella told me she used to(a tradition she told you about or you read about) on Rosh Hashana" Bella is the low functioning resident. It will make Bella feel good.

Then you can talk about honey.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Apple Crafts for Those with Dementia

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Here is an easy to do apple craft

Apple card








This Apple Wall Hanging





Print a popular apple saying on a piece of paper

Enlarge it onto a 11x17 piece of paper.

The rest is pretty self explanatory. If you need a further explanation, leave a comment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Apple Jokes

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Laughter is the best medicine for all kinds of diseases including dementia

Here are some apple joles to go along with the article in the October issue of Activity Director Today.

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What did the apple say to the apple pie?
"You've got some crust."

What is worse than finding a worm in your apple
Half of a worm

why did the apple lose its memory?
It had a bad case of worms

Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
No, they had an apple.

What kind of apple has a short temper?
A crab apple

A guy walks by an apple tree and the apple says "how yha doing" and the man screams "oh my God a talking apple!!"

How are an apple and a lawyer alike?
They both look good hanging from a tree.

It goes through an apple,
It points out the way,
It fits in a bow,
Then a target, to stay.
Do you know what it is?
An arrow

What did the apple tree say to the farmer?
Why don't you quit picking on me!

Why did the jelly roll?
Because it saw the apple turnover

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

All About Apples

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is interesting information

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Here is a complete list of types of apples courtesy of All About Apples

Aceymac
Adams Pearmain
Adanac

Akane
Akero
Akifu Fuji

Albany Beauty
Alexander
Alfriston

Alkmene
Allington Pippin
Almata

Ambrosia, USPP #10,789
American Summer Pearmain
Ananas Reinette

Anaros Anderson Jonathan
Andre Sauvage
Anna
Antonovka
Api Etoile

Arkansas Black
Arlet
Aroma

Aromatic Russet
Ashmead's Kernel
Astrachan, Red

Aurora Golden Gala®
Austin Apple (Sponsel cv.)
Autumn Gold (Hein cv.), USPP #9,907

Autumn Pearmain

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Bailey Sweet
Baldwin
Ballarat Seedling (Stewart cv.)

Barry
Batmans Tree Battleford
Beacon
Beautiful Arcade
Beauty of Bath

Beauty of Stoke
Bedfordshire Foundling
Belle De Boskoop

Belmac
Belmont
Ben Davis

Benoni Berne Rose
Bess Pool

Beverly Hills
Billie Bound
Bismark

Black Amish
Black Gilliflower
Black Oxford

Blackjon
Blacktwig
Blaze
Blenheim
Blue Pearmain
Blushing Golden

Boiken
Bolero ®
Bonnie Best

Bonza
Bottle Greening
Braeburn

Braestar ® (Brayleet cv.)
Bramley's Seedling
Breakey

Breakwell's
Britemac
Brock

Brown Sweet
Brownlees' Russet
Buckingham

Buff
Bulmer's Norman
Burgundy

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Calville Blanc
Calville Rouge d'Automne
Cameo (Caudle cv.), USPP #9,068

Campfield
Canada Red Canada Reinette

Captain Kidd Cardinal Von Galen
Carlos Queen

Carmeliter Reinette
Carpentin Carroll

Cat's Head Champlain Cheddar Cross

Chehalis
Chenango Strawberry
Cherry Cox

Cherry Pippin Chestnut Crab
Chieftan

Chinook, USPP #10,669, PBR #0386
Chisel Jersey
Cindy Red
Cinnamon Spice
Claygate Pearmain
Cleopatra
Coe Fuji (Ebbourcoe cv.), PPAF
Coe's Golden Drop
Cole's Quince

Colvis Spice Connell Red
Coppertone
Corail (Pinova cv.), USPP #11,601
Cornish Aromatic Cornish Gilliflower

Cort Pendu Plat Cortland
Court Of Wick
Court Pendu Plat
Cox's Orange Pippin
Crawley Beauty

Crème D’licious
Creston, USPP #10,739
Crimson Crisp

Crispin
Criterion
Crofton

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D'Arcy Spice
Dabinett
Dandee Red, PPAF

Davenport Russet Davey
Dayton,USPP #5,584

Delblush, protected in France
Delcon
Delicious

Detroit Red
Devonshire Quarrenden
Discovery

Doctor Dologo Doctor Hogg Doctor Matthews

Dolgo Crab
Dorsett Golden
Double Red Jonathan

Duchess
Dulcet

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Earliblaze
Earlichief Delicious Earligold, USPP #4,820

Early Harvest
Early Joe Early Mcintosh

Early Red Early Strawberry
Early Victoria
Eddie April
Edith Smith Edward VII

Egremont Russet
Ellison's Orange
Elstar

Emperor Alexander Empire
Empress

English Beauty Enterprise (Co Op 30 cv.), USPP #9,193
Epicure

Erwin Bauer
Etter's Gold
Excel Jonagold, USPP #10,314

Exeter Extra Red Gala (Wyles cv.)

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Fall Pippin
Fallawater
Fameuse

Fearns Pippin
Fiesta
Fireside

Firmgold
Five Crown Pippin Florina (Querina cv.)

Fortune
Foxwhelp
Franklin

Frauen Rotacher
Freedom
Freyburg

Fuji
Fuji Lynd Spur (Fuji Spike cv.)
Fukunishiki
Fukutami

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Gala
Gala Supreme
Galarina (Borkh cv.)

Galaxy Gala (Kiddle cv.)
Gano
Garden Royale

Garland
Geeveston Fanny Geneva

George Carpenter
George Cave
Gernes Red Acre

Gideon Gilbert Gold
Gilpin
Ginger Gold (Mountain Cove cv.), USPP #7,063
Gloster
Gold Rush, USPP #9,932

Golden Crab
Golden Delicious
Golden Earl

Golden Haralson
Golden Hervey Golden Noble

Golden Nugget
Golden Pearmain
Golden Pippin
Golden Reinette
Golden Russet
Golden Supreme ®

Golden Sweet
Goodland
Goof

Granny Smith
Gravenstein
Gray Stark
Green Sweet
Greensleeves
Grenadier

Grimes Golden
Grove

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Haas
Hampshire, USPP #8,519
Haralred (Lautz cv.)

Haralson
Harcourt
Hauer Pippin

Hauxapfel
Hawaii
Hawkeye Delicious

Hawley
Hayne's Seedling
Hazen

Henry Clay
Herrings Pippin
Heyer 12

Heyer 20
Hidden Rose Hightop Sweet
Hokuto
Holiday
Holly

Holstein
Honeycrisp,USPP #7,197
Honeygold

Hoople's Antique Gold
Horei Horneburger Pancake

Horse
Howgate Wonder
Hubbardston Nonesuch

Hudson's Golden Gem
Hunt Russet
Hyde King
Hyslop Crab

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Idaho Spur
Idared
Imperial Gala ®, USPP #4,121

Imperial Red Delicious Ingrid Marie
Irish Peach

Itzstedster Apfel

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Jacob's Strawberry
James Grieve
Jefferies

Jerseymac
Jesse Hall Jonafree, USPP #4,633

Jonagold
Jonagored Supra, ®, Jonagold (Morren cv.), USPP #10,401 and/or USPP #5937
Jonalicious

Jonamac
Jonathan
Jonica Jonagold, USPP #7,146

Jonnee Red Jonathan
Jonwin
Jordan Russet

Jubilee
Juliet July Red

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Kandil Sinap
Karin Schneider
Karmijn De Sonneville

Katja
Keepsake
Kent

Kerry Irish Pippin
Keswick Codlin
Kidd's Orange Red

King
King Cole
King David

King of the Pippins
King Of Tompkin's County
King Russet
Kingston Black
Kinsei
Kleinheart (Sponsel cv.)

Knobbed Russet

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Lady
Lady In The Snow Lady Sudeley

Lady Williams Lakeland
Lamb Apple Pearmain

Late Harrison
Lawspur Rome
Laxton's Fortune

Laxton's Superb
Leather Coat
Lehigh Greening
Lemon Pippin
Liberty
Limbertwig

Lindamac
Lobo
Lodi

Lombart's Calville
London Apple (Sponsel cv.)
Lord Lambourne

Lord Nelson Lubsk Queen
Lydia's Red Gala (Hilltop cv.)

Lyman's Large Summer

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Macoun
Macspur
Magiemer
Magnum Bonum
Magnum Gala (Stiekema 1 cv.), USPP #11,182
Mahogany
Maiden's Blush
Maigold
Malinda

Malus Floribunda
Mantent
Margil

McIndoe's Russet McIntosh
McLean

McLellan
McLicious
McShay

Medaille d'Or Melba
Melon

Melrose
Melrouge
Mendocino Cox

Merton Beauty Merton Delight
Merton Russet
Merton's Charm
Milo Gibson
Mio
Miracle Mac
Mollie's Delicious
Moore Sweet

Mother
Mountain Boomer
Moyer's Spice

Muscadet de Dieppe
Muscat de Bernay
Muster
Mutsu

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Nectarapple
Nehou
Newell's Large Winer
Newell's Late Orange
Newtown Pippin
Niagra

Nittany Nonesuch
Norland

Northern Lights
Northern Spy
Northfield Beauty

Northwestern Greening
Nova Easy Gro
Novamac

Novaspy
NuRed Jonathan

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Ohio Nonpareil Old Nonpareil Oliver

Ontario
Opalescent Orange Sweet

Orenco
Orin
Oriole

Orleans Reinette
Ortley Ottawa

Ozark Gold

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Pacific Beauty
Palmer Greening
Park's Pippen

Parkland
Patterson Paula Red (Arends cv.)

Peasgood Nonsuch
Peck's Pleasant
Perrine Transparent
Perry Russet
Pettingill
Pewaukee
Pilot
Pinata
Pine Golden Pippin
Pineapple (Sponsel cv.)
Pink Lady (Cripps cv.), USPP #7,880
Pink Pearl

Pink Pearmain
Pink Princess
Pink Sparkle

Pinova
Pioneer
Pitmaston Pineapple

Pixie Crunch
Plum Crabbie (Sponsel cv.)
Polka ®

Pomme Gris
Pomme Royale Porter


Porter's Perfection
Prairie Spy
Priam

Priestly Prima Prima, USPP #Reissue 28,435
Primate

Primevere Princess
Prinzenapfel
Priscilla, USPP #3,488
Pristine ®, USPP #9881
Pumpkin Sweet

Puritan

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Quebec Bell
Queen Cox
Quinte

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Ralls Genet 'Rall's Janet'
Rambo
Ramsdell Sweet

Raritan
Razor Russet
Red Astrachan

Red Baron
Red Berlepsch
Red Bietigheimer

Red Bouquet Delicious
Red Cortland
Red Delicious

Red Gold
Red Gravenstein
Red Idared

Red June
Red King Red Delicious
Red Prince Red Delicious

Red Rome
Red Royal Limbertwig
Red Spy
Red Wealthy
Red Winesap
Redchief Delicious
Redcort ®
Redfield
Redfree, USPP #4,322

Redmac McIntosh
Redmax, USPP #7,167 Redsleeves

Redspur Red Delicious
Redwell
Regal Gala (Applewaites cv.)

Regent
Reine de Reinette
Reinette de Angleterre
Reinette Gris Du Canada
Reinette Russet
Retina

Reverand Morgan
Revival
Rezista Early Jon-like ®, PPAF
Rezista Gala-like ® (Releika cv.), PPAF Rezista Gold Granny ® (Goldstar cv.), PPAF Rezista Rome-like ® (Rajka cv.)
Rhode Island Greening
Ribston Pippin
Richared

Richelieu
Rocket Red Braeburn, PPAF
Rome
Rome Beauty
Ross Nonpareil Rouville

Roxbury Russet
Royal Court TM
Royal Empire

Royal Gala
Royal Red Delicious
Royal Russet

Rubinette
Rubinola
Runkel

Rusty Coat

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Saint Edmund's Pippin
Salome Sam Young
Sandow
Sansa, USPP #6,519
Sayaka
Scarlet Crofton Scarlet Gala (Creech cv.)
Scarlet O' Haralson (Sponsel cv.)

Scarlet O'Hara (Co op 25 cv.)
Scarlet Pippen
Schmidtberger Reinette

Schweitzer Orange Scifresh (Jazz cv.)
Scotia
Scotian Spur McIntosh, USPP #10,770
Seek-no-further
Seiko-fu Red Fuji

Sekai Ichi
Senator
Senshu

September Wonder Fuji (Fiero cv.), USPP #11,193
Shamrock
Sharon

Shay
Shiawassee
Shinsei

Shizuka
Sierra Beauty
Signe Tillisch

Silken (BC 8S-4-33 cv.), USPP #10740, PBR #95-670
Sinta
Sir Prize, USPP #3,988

Skinner's Seedling
Smokehouse
Smoothee ® Golden Delicious

Snow
Somerset of Maine Sonata, USPP #11,601

Sops of Wine
Spartan
Spencer

Spigold
Spijon
Spitzenburg

Splendour
Sponselli (Sponsel cv.)
Spur Gala (Lynd cv.)

Spur Winter Banana
Spuree Rome
Stark Spur Delicious

Starking Delicious
Starkrimson Red Delicious (Bisbee cv.)
Starks Gala

Starr
State Fair
Staybrite Winesap
Stayman
Stayman Winesap
Stearns

Strawberry Strawberry Chenango
Strawberry Parfait

Strawberry Pippin
Sturdeespur (Miller cv.)
Sturmer
Sturmer Pippin
Sugar Shack (Sponsel cv.)
Summer Mac

Summer Pearmain
Summer Rambo
Summer Rose

Summer Treat
Summer Yellow Summerred
Sun Fuji, R Suncrisp (NJ55 cv.), USPP #8,648
Sundance

Sundown (Cripps II cv.), USPP #8,477
Sunny Brook
Sunrise

Sunset
Suntan
Superchief Spur Red Delicious

Surprise
Sutton Beauty
Swaar

Swayzie
Sweet Alford
Sweet Bough

Sweet Delicious
Sweet Gourmet Sweet Russet
Sweet Sixteen
Sweet Winesap
Swiss Gourmet (Arlet cv.), USPP #6,689

Swiss Limbertwig

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Tallow Pippin
Taylor
Telstar

Thome Empire
Tiger (Sponsel cv.)
Tioga

Tohoku Toko
Tolman Sweet

Tompkin's King
Top Red Red Delicious
Transcendent Crab

Transparent Tremlett's Bitter
Triple E Fuji (Torres cv.) USPP #12,219

Tsugaru
Tumanga
Turley Winesap

Twenty Ounce
Twin Bee Gala Tydeman's Early
Tydeman's Late Orange
Tydeman's Red

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Ultrared Gala (Obrogala cv.)

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Valstar Elstar ®, PPAF
Vanda
Vanderpool Red

Victory
Viking
Virginia Gold
Virginia Greening
Vista Bella

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Wagener
Waltana
Walter Pease

Waltz ®
Wantage
Washed Russet

Wayne
Wealthy
Wellington

Wellington Bloomless Westfield Seek-No-Further
Westland

Wheeler's Golden Russet White Astrachan
White Winter Pearmain

Whitney Crab
Wickson
William's Pride, USPP #6,268

William's Red Willie Sharp Winesap

Winston
Winter Banana
Winterstein

Wismer's Dessert
Wolf River
Worcester Pearmain

Wyken Pippin

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Xavier De Bavay
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Yakata Fuji, USPP #7,001
Yarlington Mill
Yellow Bellflower

Yellow Newton Yellow Transparent
Yellow Tremlett's
York
York Imperial

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Zabergau Reinette
Zestar ™ (Minnewashta cv.), USPP #11,367
Zuccalmaglio's Reinette



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fun Facts About Apples

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is interesting information

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Fun Facts About Apples

Talking about apples is fun, informative and a way to keep the brains of those with dementia and others in long term care, active



The world's largest apple peel was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY. It was 172 feet, 4 inches long. (She was 16 years old at the time and grew up to be a sales manager for an apple tree nursery.)

It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider.

An apple tree will start bearing fruit 8-10 years after it is planted. A dwarf tree starts bearing in 3-6 years.

Apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries.

Apples come in all shades of reds, greens and yellows.

Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.

2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States.

7500 varieties of apples are grown around the world.

100 varieties of apples are commercially grown in the United States.

Apples are grown commercially in 36 states.

Apples are fat, sodium and cholesterol free. And they taste great too!

A medium apple has about 80 calories.

Apples are a great source of pectin, a soluble fiber. One apple has 5 grams of fiber.

The pilgrims planted the first US apples trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The science of apple growing is called pomology.

Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.

Americans eat 19.6 pounds of apples every year.

25 percent of an apple’s volume is air, that’s why they float.

Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.

Most apple trees can be grown farther north than most other fruits because they blossom late in spring, minimizing frost damage.

It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.

Apples are the second most valuable fruit in the United States. Oranges are first.

The largest U.S. apple crop was 277.3 million bushels in 1998.

Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since 6500 BC.

Newton Pippin apples were the first apples exported from America in 1768, some were sent to Benjamin Franklin in London.

In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.

One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.

A peck of apples weight 10.5 pounds.

A bushel of apples weight 42 pounds and will yield 20-24 quarts of applesauce.

Apples ripen or soften ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated.

Friday, August 1, 2014

More activity ideas for fall

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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]


Exercise Programs: November Stretch, Fall Fanbourines, Pumpkin Pass, Autumn Moves, Fall Fitness, Up And At ‘Em, Rhythm Band, Pilgrim’s Parachute, Thanksgiving Stretch, Work Off The Turkey, Swaying Scarves, Let’s Get Moving: Put on some soothing music and lead your residents in very slow, gentle movements such as stretching out arms, hands, moving their heads slowly side to side etc. Demonstrate the movements for them and or help them by lifting their arms etc. You can add props to your exercise programs to make it more stimulating and promote additional movement. Try scarves, batons, streamers etc. courtesy of activitytherapy.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Wright Brothers are Remembered on Aviation Day


Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals,

Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care  professionals to get an easyceu or two

Follow alzheimersideas on twitter

 Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Here is some useful information about Aviation Day

The Wright Brothers became actively interested in flying in 1895. For the first several years they read everything on flying they could obtain, even though most of what was available was theory and not fact.
In August 1899, they built a two-wing kite of 5 ft. span to test their idea of warping wings for lateral control. Based on the success of this kite, they built a glider of 17 ft. span in September 1900 which they tested at KittyhawkNorth Carolina. Although it was usually flown as a kite, several piloted free glides were made. However, it was not completely satisfactory because it often flew poorly and was difficult to control in a gusty wind.

The story of the invention of the airplane is a Puritan fairy tale. It is the story of how two honest, straightforward, hard-working Americans accomplished something fantastic and magical -- creating a craft of stick and fabric that mounted the air like the chariots of the gods, opening the skies to all humankind. Their success came so suddenly and from such an unexpected quarter that their contemporaries could not believe the Wrights had done what they claimed. After all, if prominent scientists and engineers the world over had been confounded in their efforts to invent the airplane, How could two common men from rustic America have succeeded? The Wrights instead of designing and building the whole craft, the two brothers constantly found ways to test individual components and subsystems of their designs.