Category: inventions

Steam power and Jell-O

Heron of Greece invented steam power in 50 BC. But the leaders of the day thought that it would cause unemployment and […]

09/11/2015. Category: inventions. Tags:

Alexander Graham Bell disliked telephones

When the telephone was introduced in 1876, a Western Union internal memo noted: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously […]

04/19/2011. Category: inventions. Tags:

Inventors of cash register did not cash in

James Ritty owned the Pony House in Dayton, Ohio in the 1880s, where his customers included Buffalo Bill Cody, Jack Dempsey and […]

01/21/2011. Category: inventions. Tags:

Invention of Velcro

After a walk in the Swiss woods with his dog one day in 1941, Georges de Mestral  was astounded by the ability […]

10/19/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: ,

First audio and video recordings

Magnetic recording was invented in 1898 by Valdemar Poulson of Denmark. But it wasn’t used for recording music. Called the “telegraphone,” it […]

10/07/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: , ,

Electricity first discovered 2 500 years ago

Electricity was first discovered about 2 500 years ago. The Greek scientist Thales of Miletus (c. 620 BCE – c. 546 BC) […]

07/16/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: ,

Soft drink inventions

The term “soda water” was coined in 1798. The soda fountain was patented by Samuel Fahnestock in 1819, with the first bottled […]

04/19/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: , , ,

Who invented the light bulb?

Who invented the light bulb? No, it wasn’t Thomas Edison. Light bulbs were in use long before Edison applied for the patent […]

03/29/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: ,

Untimely inventions – products before their time

In 1834, Charles Babbage (1792-1871) designed the Analytical Engine, the precursor of the computer. He was unable to obtain funding for it […]

02/08/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: ,

Famous products invented by different people at the same time

Great minds thinks alike. When Johann Vaaler patented his paperclip in 1901, there already were similar designs by William Middlebrook and Cornelius […]

02/08/2010. Category: inventions. Tags: , ,

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