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Inventions

Nikola Tesla: Everything You Didn't Know About The Famo...

October 22, 2020

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), Serbian-American physicist sitting in his Colorado Springs laboratory with his "magnifying transmitter," 1899 (multiple exposure). (S...

Thomas Edison: Everything You Didn't Know About The Fam...

October 18, 2020

Thomas Edison (1847–1931) was a prolific inventor who was issued over 1,000 patents over his lifetime. (George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images) The name "Thom...

The Invention Of Potato Chips In 1853 By A Half-Black, ...

August 24, 2020

Potato chips. (Urbano Delvalle/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) If there's anything people love more than sweet, sweet fried potatoes...

Rudolph Hass, The US Postal Worker Who Invented Hass Av...

August 22, 2020

You've probably never thought about the origins of your favorite avocado, simply enjoying your taco or toast without a care for the interesting and inspirati...

George Washington Carver And Henry Ford Worked On Exper...

July 20, 2020

George Washington Carver, a renowned botanist, educator, and agriculturalist, was nearing the end of his life on July 19, 1942 when he partnered with his fri...

Anton Loibl, Hitler's Chauffeur, Invented Bicycle Refle...

May 29, 2020

Many riders don't give a second thought to the reflectors on their bicycles, but that's only because they don't have to. Unlike accessories like headlights, ...

Samuel Morse: Inventor Of The Telegraph, Failed Painter...

May 24, 2020

You may only know Samuel Morse for that code he invented, but there was much more to the man than dots and dashes. He was also a mediocre student who dreamed...

History Of The Gas Mask: How Need Brought Us The Weirde...

April 1, 2020

The gas mask has come to be an international symbol of wartime atrocities, but it began as a tool for people tasked with unenviable and dangerous jobs. Long befor...

Why The Past Smelled Absolutely Horrible

March 19, 2020

It's time to face facts: People are disgusting. It's not that you're a lazy or unhygienic person, it's just that the human body is a cesspool and there's nothing to be done about i...

A Brief History Of Toilet Paper

March 18, 2020

TP, bathroom tissue, mummy wraps, bum stuff—whatever you want to call it, toilet paper is a big business. In the 21st century, it's an industry estimated to be worth $30 billion dollars, an...

Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor Of The Telephone, Inter...

March 7, 2020

Although several noted inventors of the day, including Thomas Edison and Elisha Gray, were also tinkering with communication technology, it was Alexander Gra...

Aspirin: The History Behind The Heroin Addict Who Inven...

March 6, 2020

Not to alarm you, but those little white pills that make your headaches dissolve and soothe inflamed muscles have more in common with heroin than you think, i.e. ...

Ancient Mesoamericans Invented Rubber 3,000 Years Befor...

January 23, 2020

Rubber played a big part in the traditional Mesoamerican ballgame, which was played by many civilizations in Mesoamerica. (Photo by Alex Peña/LatinContent via G...

The Invention Of The Humble Straw: Reeds, Cigars, And M...

January 8, 2020

Colorful plastic straws: One of our oldest eating utensils. (Photo by JOKER / Walter G. Allgöwer/ullstein bild via Getty Images) Until a year or so ago, you p...

Monopoly: A Brief History, Facts, Trivia

November 5, 2019

Money on a Monopoly board. Source: (Photo by Lynne Cameron/PA Images via Getty Images) Monopoly is one of America's best-loved board games, enjoyed by wannabe moguls, future ty...

Electronics in the Early Days

September 9, 2018

Electronics in the early days were much different than they are today. Most young people today would not even recognize many of the gadgets that were used by their parents and grandparent...

The Accidental Invention of Chicken Wings, America’s Fa...

August 15, 2018

Who doesn’t love chicken wings? They are the perfect bar food…versatile and handy. You can order hot and spicy wings, or mild wings, and any hotness in betw...

Henry Ford And The Invention Of Kingsford Charcoal

July 26, 2018

Everyone associates Henry Ford with the automobile and the invention of the assembly line, but you also have the American businessman to thank for your backyard cooko...

Was Dick Tracy The Character Who Invented The Smart Wat...

May 30, 2018

Apple came out with their invention of the Apple Watch as the first Smart Watch on April 24, 2015, wowing wrists everywhere. However, the idea of wearing a t...