by Jaime Bender | Friday, February 13, 2015
by Jaime BenderFriday, February 13, 2015
Those handy, colorful Post-It Notes were invented in what country?
A 3M employee named Spencer Silver tried to create a super-adhesive glue in 1968 and came up short. He ended up with a weaker adhesive that could be easily lifted off, and he decided to use it for bookmarking and note-taking.
In what country was the ballpoint pen invented?
Hungarian László József Bíró used newspaper ink to create a pen whose marks dried quickly and smudge-free. He presented the first production of the ballpoint pen at the Budapest International Fair in 1931.
Where was the Tomaccio (a form of cherry tomato) invented?
The Tomaccio tomato was developed by laboratories in Israel, the result of cross-breeding with the Peruvian tomato species to create a sweet, snackable tomato with a longer shelf life.
What state was the original home of the Super Soaker?
Mobile, Ala., native Lonnie Johnson created the popular squirt gun essentially by accident. He was trying to build an environmentally friendly heat pump that used water instead of freon. Once he realized it would work better as a toy, he sold it to Larami Corp. in 1989.
Which European country was the birthplace of the inventor of the first solar house?
Hungarian scientist Maria Telkes invented the thermoelectric power generator in 1947 to provide heat for Dover House, a Massachusetts structure that survived three years on solar heat.
In what state was this super-handy household appliance invented?
Josephine Cochrane invented the dishwasher in Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1887. She's considered the founder of what's now known as the Whirlpool Corporation.
In what country was the first "sandwich" made?
Though the concept of wrapping bread around meat dates back many centuries, the sandwich as we know it today is credited to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, in 18th-century England. It's believed he ordered a piece of meat between slices of bread and prompted others to follow suit.
Where was the first demonstration of this legendary toy?
The Slinky was developed by accident when engineer Richard T. James was trying to build a spring for industrial equipment. After it fell from a shelf and did its famous "Slinky walk," James decided to market it as a toy. It was demonstrated in a department store in Philadelphia in 1945.
Where was this famous beverage invented?
Pharmacist John Stith Pemberton produced the syrup for Coca-Cola in 1886, and began sampling it out of Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta. It was pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for 5 cents a glass.
In what country did a company invent the USB flash drive?
M-Systems, based in Kfar Saba, Israel, introduced the flash drive to the United States in 2000. It soon became the next wave of computer-storage technology after floppy disks and CD-ROMs. The facility is now owned by SanDisk.
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