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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
Alexander Graham Bell described the Photophone, which transmitted oral speech through light, to be his most important invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Multiple people probably invented bubble tea (boba) in Taiwan at roughly the same time in the 1980s, in a phenomenon known as "simultaneous inventions" taipeitimes.com/News/feat…
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…
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…
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…
Solar panels have been around for almost 140 years. Charles Fritts invented the world's first working Selenium Cell in 1883. A rooftop solar array was installed in 1884 on a New York City rooftop - also a novel invention globally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
Before the invention of postage stamps, the recipient of a letter or package had to pay the postage when they received it, essentially buying their incoming mail from the postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
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…
Isaac Newton created the colour wheel before the invention of photography. munsell.com/color-blog/si…
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…
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…
Today I learned about food scientist Robert Baker who invented the chicken nugget in a laboratory at Cornell University in the early 1960s. He successfully created a "chicken stick" that would retain form when freezing or frying. Instead of patenting the invention, he sent the recipe to hundreds of companies. carolinanewsandreporter.c…
The invention of early bikes was prompted by a vulcanic eruption in Indonesia that led to a year without summer and the starvation of many horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
For centuries elephant ivory was used for making billiard balls which led to excessive hunting and decreased populations of elephants. The search for a viable alternative synthetic material led to the invention of plastic, which proved too light and bouncy to make billiard balls with. youtube.com/watch?v=9GMbR…
Mysterious metal mini-awnings set knee-high on some London exteriors are urine deflectors. β€œA man may sometimes walk a mile before he can meet with a suitable" outdoor pee site, fussed an 1809 London writer who condemned the inventions that "conduct the stream into the shoes of the luckless." atlasobscura.com/places/u…
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…
The invention of barbed wire started many disputes, and eventually led to a concentration of power in the hands of the land owners. The wealthy ranchers started fencing their land and individuals with livestock but no land had nowhere for their livestock. historyengine.richmond.ed…
The first patent for a fax machine was awarded in 1843, *before even the invention of the telephone*, and the first PHOTOGRAPHIC fax machine was invented in 1880, only four years after Alexander Graham Bell received his first telephone patent. virtualpbx.com/blog/gener…
The Beatles are responsible for funding the invention of the CT scan. cnet.com/news/how-the-bea…
White Castle is known as the first fast-food hamburger chain in the world, founded by E.W. "Billy" Ingram in 1921. The restaurant's claim to fame is its invention of the slider, a miniature hamburger. Its original menu items were hamburgers, soft drinks and coffee, costing 5 cents each. insider.com/fast-food-men…
Today I learned of Merck, the 352 year old pharmaceutical company responsible for the introduction of cocaine, morphine and invention of MDMA wikipedia.org/wiki/Merck_…
Today I learned about Claude Harvard, a black employee who created over 20 inventions for Ford. detroithistorical.org/lea…
Sunset Boulevard star Gloria Swanson was fascinated by inventions and patents and formed a company that helped four Jewish inventors flee Nazi Germany. vice.com/en_us/article/qv…
Salmon sushi is NOT a Japanese invention, but... Norwegian. npr.org/2015/09/18/441530…
Rudolf Diesel, who invented the Diesel engine, committed suicide in 1913 because he didn't think his invention would be successful. gatesnotes.com/Books/A-Ra…
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…
Today I learned about BarthΓ©lemy Thimonnier, a French tailor who invented the first (practical) sewing machine and opened the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world. His factory was burned down by a mob of tailors who fear that his invention would ruin their business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
It took 80 years from the invention of the telephone for call centres to become a mainstream part of business whoson.com/customer-servi…
Kenny Kramer was the inspiration for Cosmo Kramer in Seinfeld and actually did a lot of the things parodied in the show such as creating the reality tour around NY, demanding to play his own character and coming up with strange inventions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The Croissant, far from being a French invention, is actually Austrian. altohartley.com/a-brief-h…
For Willis Carrier, the invention of modern air conditioning was incidental. He was actually part of team tasked with controlling the humidity inside a printing company. But he learned that by removing moisture from the air with his invention, it also, quite effectively cooled it. interestingengineering.co…
Lewis Carrol developed ideas in linear algebra, probability & the study of elections & committees. Also one of his inventions was a writing tablet called the nyctograph that allowed note-taking in the dark, thus eliminating the need to get out of bed and strike a light when one woke with an idea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
The pin tumbler lock mechanism, most commonly used in locks, invented by Linus Yale became a winning invention in the mid 19th century. youtu.be/o-9tWfCuwnc
Grape Juice is a modern invention which didn't exist prior to 1869. It was invented by a Methodist pastor to help alcoholics take Christian Communion. christianitytoday.com/ct/…

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