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60 Amazing Facts You may not know About various Inventions | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. For hundreds of years, the Chinese amazingly guarded the secret of making silk. Imperial law decreed death to those who revealed it.
  2. Cement was first invented by the Egyptians.
  3. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
  4. The watch was invented by Peter Henlein of Nuremberg in 1510.
  5. Amazing fact is the clocks made before 1660 had only hour hand no minute hand.
  6. Amazingly the first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m.
  7. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  8. The Chinese invented ice cream, which was then transferred to the western world by Marco Polo.
  9. Amazing fact is that the first bicycle in 1817 didn’t have any pedals. People walked it along.
  10. The first fax machine was invented over 25 years before the telephone.
  11. When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone back in 1876, amazingly only six phones were sold in the first month.
  12. When Bell’s patent was sixteen months old, there were just 778 telephones in use.
  13. The man who invented shorthand, John Gregg, was deaf.
  14. English chemist John Walker never patented his invention – matches.
  15. Amazingly the inventor of ATM was just paid $ 15 for his invention.
  16. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and amazingly a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  17. During one four-year period, Thomas Edison obtained 300 patents, or one every five days.
  18. Whitcomb L. Judson, the inventor of the zipper, originally intended his invention to save people the trouble of buttoning and unbuttoning their shoes every day.
  19. Celsius who developed temperature scale made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. Fellow scientists reversed this only after he died.
  20. The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.
  21. The screwdriver was invented before the screw.
  22. The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922.
  23. To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit amazingly still for 8 hours!
  24. Fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
  25. Peanuts are one of the ingredients in Dynamite.
  26. The first commercial vacuum cleaner was so large that it was mounted on a wagon.
  27. Gutenburg invented the printing press in the 1450’s, and the first book to ever be printed was the Bible.
  28. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.
  29. Cyano-acrylate glues (super glue) were invented by accident. The researcher was trying to make optical materials, and would test their properties by putting them between two prisms and shining light through them. When he tried the cyano-acrylate, he couldn’t get the prisms apart.
  30. Western Electric invented the loudspeaker which was initially called “loud-speaking telephone.”
  31. The paper clip was patented by Norwegian inventor Johan Vaaler in 1899. Because Norway had no patent law at the time, he had to travel to Germany where he received his patent in 1900.
  32. The shoestring was invented in England in 1790, Amazingly prior to this time all shoes were fastened with buckles.
  33. The horse race starting gate is a Canadian invention, designed in the early 1900s by Philip McGinnis, a racetrack reporter . It proved popular because it prevented arguments caused when horses started prematurely.
  34. The first mobile car phones were in fact located in the car’s trunk, taking up nearly half of the space.
  35. The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for just $400.
  36. King Gilette spent 8 years trying to invent and introduce his safety razor.
  37. Rubber bands were first made by Perry and Co. of London in 1845.
  38. George Seldon received a patent in 1895 for the automobile. Four years later, George sold the rights for $200,000
  39. The ball-point pen was created in 1938.
  40. The neon light was created in 1911.
  41. Amazing fact is early sewing machines were destroyed by mobs or workers who felt their jobs were threatened by automation.
  42. Scientists have created a solar-powered toothbrush that doesn’t need toothpaste.
  43. A Japanese company has invented a portable toilet that is carried around in a briefcase.
  44. 18-year-old Milan Karki , a Nepalese teenager has invented a revolutionary new type of solar panel that uses human hair.
  45. The umbrella was invented to block the sun, not the rain and they were made of paper.
  46. Before the invention of the light bulb, most people slept 3 hours longer than we do now.
  47. German alchemist Hennig Brand discovered phosphorus while trying to make gold from urine. In the end, Brand boiled nearly 5,500 liters of urine in order to produce only 120 grams of phosphorus!
  48. Chainsaws were originally designed to deliver babies and was invented in 1785!
  49. Amazing fact is Xerox’s first successful copier released in 1959 burst into flame so often that it came with its own fire extinguisher!
  50. The inventor of the polio vaccine Jonas Salk didn’t patent it to benefit mankind. He missed out on $7 billion!
  51. The new Phantom v1610 camera from Vision Research can film 1,000,000 frames per second, turning seconds into hours!
  52. The founder of Fender Guitars never knew how to play the guitar since he was an engineer not a musician!
  53. Life-saving V-shaped three-point seat belt was invented by Volvo Engineer Nils Bohlin in 1959 but Volvo gave free license to all other auto manufacturers to use it.
  54. Amazing thing is that it took thousands of years after domesticating the horse to invent the stirrup.
  55. The automatic popup bread toaster was patented before the bread slicing machine. 1919 and 1928. People sliced their own bread for the toaster for almost a decade before sliced bread was sold.
  56. Did you know the first bullet proof vest and windshield wiper blades were both invented by women?
  57. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  58. Amazingly artificial sweetener Sucralose ( Splenda) was discovered when the researcher misheard a command to “Test this chemical” as “Taste this chemical”
  59. T shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn’t sew or replace buttons.The Spanish fashion designer , Mannel Torres , invented world’s first clothes spray which after application , can be removed , washed and worn again.
  60. In 1938 a revolver camera was invented just to take final picture of victim just when the trigger was pulled.

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