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Top 10 of the Useful & Awesome Inventions

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Human race has been blessed with pioneering inventions from the very beginning. From the earliest stone tools to the latest digital innovations, life has never been stagnant for human race. Some contributed it to the situation and termed “invention” as “the Mother of necessity” while few saw this as the fruit of human being’s intellect. Agatha Christie once said “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”

Whatever be the reason, there is no doubt that there are certain inventions which have completely changed the way we lead our life today. It is beyond our imagination to think of a life without phone, television or even internet!

I have shortlisted 10 such inventions which according to me have impacted the human life the most. This is a subjective list, hence your opinion on the greatest inventions mentioned here may vary.



10 – Frozen food

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Clarence Birdseye with the help of an electric fan, buckets of brine, and cakes of ice invented a simple method for quick-freezing food in 1923.


9 – Facebook

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The social networking giant was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. When it was launched the membership was limited to Harvard students. Later it was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area. As of September 2012, the social networking website has over one billion active users and more than half of the users access Facebook through a mobile device.


8 – Text Messaging

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The concept of text messaging was developed in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert. They came up with a way to transmit short (128 byte) text messages that used the existing cell phone signaling format.


7 – Airplane

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Wright brothers Orville and Wilbur observed how birds fly. The invention of three-axis control was their major breakthrough. This helped the pilot steer the aircraft and maintains its equilibrium. In 1900 the brothers tested their first glider on a sandy spot in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Between 1901 and 1903 they made many test flights between Kitty Hawk and their home in Dayton. On December 17, 1903, they launched the first successful air flight in Kitty Hawk.


6 – Internet

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It’s a myth that the US government invented the internet. Vinton Cerf developed the TCP/IP protocol, which is the Internet’s backbone. Tim Berners-Lee is the man behind hyperlinks.


5 – Computer Mouse

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In 1963 the first mouse prototype was invented by Douglas Engelbart. It was made to use with a graphical user interface windows.


4 – Zipper

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Whitcomb Judson, a travelling salesman and part-time inventor, who invented ‘Pneumatic Street Railway’, in 1893 marketed a “Clasp Locker”. The fastener was similar to Elias Howe’s (who invented sewing machine) patent. Judson with the support of businessman Lewis Walker started the Universal Fastener Company to manufacture the new device. The fastener made it public debut at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.


3 – Cable ties

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They were invented under the brand name Ty-Rap in 1958 by Thomas & Betts, an electrical company. The earlier cable ties used metal tooth. The present day cable ties are usually made of nylon/plastic.


2 – Television (TV)

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In 1925 John Logie Baird invented the world’s first publically demonstrated TV and the place was Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. Shoppers saw slightly blurred but understandable images of letters. In October 1925, he obtained the first actual television picture in his laboratory and his test subject was ventriloquist’s dummy. He later recollected “recollected, “The image of the dummy’s head formed itself on the screen with what appeared to me an almost unbelievable clarity. I had got it! I could scarcely believe my eyes and felt myself shaking with excitement”.


1 – Penicillin

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Alexander Fleming in 1928 discovered penicillin. It was an accidental discovery; Fleming had left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered and later he noticed that mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. In 1948 Andrew Moyer patented the first method of industrial production of penicillin.

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  • http://www.lessonsofadad.com/ Lessons Of A Dad

    How can you not have the TOILET on this list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.cabanlig Sarah Cabanlig

    I’ve watch the 100 greatest inventions (I think sa NatGeo). galing talaga nila.kakatuwa lang na pano kaya tayo kung wala nito? :)

  • Maria Estrella Ledesma

    greatest? nah…I would call them very practical inventions though.

  • lovemindanao

    from those listed , i can relate (bias ) in choosing penicillin as one of the greatest invention since it came from a simple type of fungus yet it had cured the ultimate killing yet simple disease back in early 1900. with out it many inventors of today must haven’t been born at all ..

  • http://twitter.com/Franckxethee Franc Ramon

    It’s always a pleasure seeing your top 10 lists and Penicillin indeed has been a great invention since its one of the more common cure for diseases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.pagulong Donald Pagulong

    Another interesting list. X-ray should have been there. Just my thought friend.

  • http://twitter.com/jsncruz Jason Cruz

    How could you miss out on the best friend of all bachelors?? :P The MICROWAVE OVEN. Hahaha..

  • http://www.facebook.com/pal.raine Pal Raine

    Yes, Facebook and Text Messaging really have the greatest impact of human life now.

  • Gigi Beleno

    These inventions all created big impact to our life, otherwise life won’t be convenient as it is now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nine7311 Daquio Janine

    hahaha!! “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.” – that is why most of the inventors are dropped out, undergrad.. they want to make things easy.. and now, what the.. they are the successful ones, eh?

  • http://profiles.google.com/levy.martinez8 levy martinez

    I am glad to live in this modern world. But, I will change Cable ties to Computer or Laptop on this list

  • Tess Chancellor

    I super agree with FB and texting ,very true .Good to have al these things in our lives or else our lives will be boring.

  • Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin

    microwave and washing machine not included? lol! great list!

  • http://twitter.com/beingwell20 Rizza Javier

    What about the jeans? Everyone owns a pair. :))

  • Teresa Martinez

    I find the “lowly” ballpen as the most useful invention of all but with regards to the list above, penicillin certainly has the life-saving factor.

  • marrimye

    For me, it’s ELECTRICITY for without it, we cannot operate anything that we enjoy now like, TV, computer. ref, machines and more.

  • Pehpot Pineda

    hurrah for cable tires!
    now I have aquestion.. bakit ginawa ang eroplano?