Today I learned that Bill Nye (of Science Guy fame) invented a hydraulic component used on the 747 airliners, and holds three patents for other inventions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned about Mariano Martinez. A man who in 1971 modified an ice cream machine to create the first frozen margarita machine. He did this to meet demand for a popular margarita recipe he was serving at the time. You can find his invention on display at the Smithsonian Museum for American history. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian…
2000 years ago the Haya people of Tanzania were making high grade medium carbon steel along the shores of Lake Victoria. Technology this sophisticated was not replicated in Europe until Siemen's inventions in the 19th century. The Haya stopped producing artisanal steel about 90 years ago. content.time.com/time/sub…
Prior to the Segway being unveiled in 2001 there were months of hype and fanciful predictions. Steve Jobs predicted future cities would be designed around it and others claimed it would be the most important invention since the computer. There was even speculation it was a teleportation pod. theguardian.com/world/200…
Gideon Sunbeck, the inventor of the modern zipper, had an established position working on the Niagara Falls project and only went to work on the zipper invention at the lesser known Automatic Hook and Eye Company because he fell in love with the founders daughter. detailswork.com/articles/…
Following the first successful powered flight in 1903, the Wright Brothers took their invention to a cautious War Department, who were skeptical due to past false claims. Incensed that their good word was not accepted, and worried about weak patent laws, the Wrights hid their invention away. commons.erau.edu/cgi/view…
John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
Many inventions we use actually came from the islamic world such as coffee, marching bands, algebra, teaching hospitals, and the toothbrush cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/…
Magnetron tubes, a component of military radar, had no use after World War II. Magnetron makers like Raytheon sought new applications for the technology, which resulted in the invention of the Raytheon Raydarange, the first microwave oven, in 1946. spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
Today I learned about Mary the Jewess, one of the first alchemical writers, living between the first and third centuries AD. She is credited with the invention of several kinds of chemical apparatus and is considered to be the first true alchemist of the Western world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Award winning chemist and lauded scientist Thomas Midgley Jr. actually had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history and is indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people through his inventions of leaded gasoline, freon and CFCs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The invention of the hot air balloon was inspired by Joseph Montgolfier’s wife’s underwear. nationalpost.com/entertai…
The voice of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, Paul Winchell was one of the original inventors of an artificial heart, an automobile that runs on battery power, a method for breeding tilapia, and many other inventions that are still around today. paulwinchell.com/bio.html
, there's an 18 mile long wire circling above the buildings of Manhattan and certain other US cities with large populations of orthodox Jews. This is a talmudic invention meant to circumvent sabbath restrictions against carrying a burden. npr.org/2019/05/13/721551…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Today I learned of the Weihnachtsgurke, or Christmas Pickle tradition of German-Americans. It's a pickle ornament hung on Christmas trees. While claimed to be a tradition from Germany, it's more likely that it was an American invention from the 19th century that has since been exported to Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There's a scientist named John B. Goodenough who was responsible for the invention of RAM, creation of Li-ion batteries in the 1970s (used in virtually all devices today), and is current working on the next breakthrough in revolutionary Solid State batteries at the age of 97 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The first commercial fax machine was set up in France in 1865, 11 years before Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone! paubox.com/blog/wake-fax-…
A 155 year old Victorian mousetrap caught a mouse in 2016 in a museum after it snuck in. The creator, Collin Pullinger, said this invention would last a lifetime when he created it in the mid-1800s. bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
Although the kilt is an icon of Scottish clothing, Its invention credits -not without controversy- to Thomas Rawlinson, an English industrialist who created the modern-day kilt - another fun fact is the kilt has roots to the late 1600's, Which means the kilts in Braveheart are inaccurate. lochcarron.co.uk/blog/the…
Prior to the invention of photography, artists could not work out how horses legs moved in a gallop, this led to horses being incorrectly depicted in paintings. amusingplanet.com/2019/06…
North Koreans are especially proud of Kim Jong Il for his "inventions". One of them is the Gogigyeopbbang or double breaded meat, which is essentially a hamburger. theguardian.com/world/sho…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…
Berliners love the "currywurst", a sausage topped with curry ketchup, so much, that there have been commemorative coins, novels, plays and movies honoring its invention. By tradition, every candidate for mayor must be photographed in front of a currywurst stand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
300 years ago, Robert Boyle wrote down a 'wish list' of inventions he hoped science would one day accomplish. We're over half way there. irishphilosophy.com/2014/…
Neurologist Egas Moniz, who won a nobel prize for the invention of the surgical procedure leucotomy (frontal lobotomy) and is regarded as one of the founders of modern psychosurgery, was shot and rendered paraplegic by a patient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned of the "Tri-Phibian", a 1930s invention that was supposed to be able to traverse land, sea, and air. It ended up bursting into flames outside the Library of Congress and Capitol. thehillishome.com/2018/12…
Thomas Midgley Jr. the inventor of leaded gasoline (Tetraethyllead) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better known as Freon. β€œTime" ranked both in "Top 50 worst inventions". Environment historian J R McNeill " he had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history”. wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas…
Between the years 1896 and 1932 a total of 8 inventors in the Automotive and Aviation industries died in vehicles of their own invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Resting postures used before the invention of the chair, like squatting and kneeling, involve higher levels of muscle activity than chair-sitting. The Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania tend to squat or kneel when they take a break. phys.org/news/2020-03-hun…
Alexander Graham Bell described the Photophone, which transmitted oral speech through light, to be his most important invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Australia has moved 1.8m since the invention of GPS, so they released updated projection coordinates last year to compensate. ga.gov.au/scientific-topi…
Barbed wire enabled cattle operations in the American West to become profitable in the mid 19th century. Before the invention of barbed wire, the wood and stone fences used to contain cattle were too expensive to make the business profitable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The invention of satanic witchcraft by medieval authorities was initially met with public skepticism. While people were concerned about magic, the public didn't initially believe witches gathered to worship demons, have orgies, eat babies, and perform other abominable acts. theconversation.com/the-i…
Today I learned of GΓΆbekli Tepe in Turkey; the world's oldest spiritual site. At over 12,000 years old it is older than both the Pyramids and Stonehenge and is even older than the invention of agriculture or pottery. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Casio founder Kashio Seisakujo's first invention was a cigarette holder called yubiwa pipe that allowed smoker to use both hands while smoking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In the 15th century, a Hussite called Jan Ε½iΕΎka won several battles using armoured wagons containing cannon that fired through holes in their sides. His tank invention, however, was not used again after his lifetime until the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Sam Panopoulos, a Greek Canadian restaurateur who in 1962 at the Satellite restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, decided to put ham and pineapple on a pizza, aiming for something sweet and savory. He called it the Hawaiian pizza and his food invention has earned wrath and praise ever since. cbc.ca/news/hawaiian-pizz…
The inventor of the guillotine wasn't actually killed by his own invention - that was another doctor named J.M.V. Guillotin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Many chewing gums are pink because the inventor of Double Bubble (the first bubble gum) only had pink food coloring in his factory, and others copied his invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
Time magazine has a list of the 50 worst inventions of all time, which includes the segway, new coke, and crocs content.time.com/time/spe…
Rube Goldberg was actually a cartoonist, and not a physicist or inventor. He drew imaginary inventions by a character named "Professor Butts" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The MOS Transistor, which is responsible for launching technology into the digital age, is the most manufactured product in history clocking in at 13 sextillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) produced since its invention in 1960 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In 1908, George Ellery Hale used his invention, the spectroheliograph, to show that dark spots on the sun called sunspots were a strongly magnetic phenomenon. Hale invented the spectroheliograph while he was an undergraduate at MIT, to create images of the sun in a narrow range of wavelengths spaceweatherlivinghistory…
Several significant inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years: sewing needles, woven cloth, rope, basket weaving, boats and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A teenager, Peter Roberts invented a quick-release ratchet. He sold his patent to Sears for $10,000 who said that the invention was not worth very much and then went on to make $44 million selling the ratchet. He sued them for fraud and was awarded $1 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Bourbon biscuits derive their name not from the House of Bourbons but from "BOURnville", the place of its invention and "BONN", hometown of Dr. Hans Zehnloch, its inventor who worked for Cadbury's R&D. The 10 holes on the biscuit comes from the fact that "Zehnloch" translates to ten holes. biscuitpeople.com/magazin…
No ingredient in Hawaiian Pizza originated from Hawaii. The pizza's creation was credited to Sam Panopoulos, a Greek-Canadian who named his invention "Hawaiian" after the brand of canned pineapple he used for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…

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