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October 16, 2017

Sometimes the naysayers are right.

Who doesn’t love a good rags-to-riches story?

The novelty of perseverance in the face of overwhelming doubt is a tale as American as apple pie.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

During the ‘90s, when Peter Salverson was in entrepreneurial school, many of his invention pitches fell flat. The consensus among his classmates and his professors was that Peter was crazy.


Peter Salverson

He eventually dropped out amidst pressure from the school board to cool it with the weird ideas. He was without a job and away from home. He was seen as an outsider and a castaway because of what he called “outside the box” thinking.

Well, sometimes the general feeling amongst an entire community ends up being an accurate one.

Peter just checked himself into solitary confinement, a plea bargain deal after an invention idea twenty years later ended up with two endangered keel-billed toucans dead.


Costa Rican keel-billed toucan

The toucans were two of just 400 left of their specific classification, and were male and female. In the scientific community, these two were seen as a last hope of sorts for breeding and bringing back that particular keel-billed specie to stable prominence.

It is unclear how the disgraced inventor got his hands on such precious living creatures, but regardless, this is really sad.

Hopefully Daniel is never able to leave his box, because he is crazy and also a murderer.