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From Sony Walkman to humble zip: The past centuryís top 100 inventions that changed our lives
The Daily Mail ^ | October 8, 2013 | Ellie Zolfagharifard

Posted on 10/08/2013 9:03:46 PM PDT by EveningStar

From the Sony Walkman to the humble zip: The past century’s top 100 inventions that changed our lives (yet most of us take for granted)

Does it make you feel old to know that Dyson’s dustbag-free vacuum is 20 this year?

Or that the much-loved Sony Walkman and the world’s first ever laptop, the Epson HX-30, are both over 30 years old?

These are just a few of the gadgets that have made it onto the 100 gadgets of the past century that we can’t live without, with technologies ranging from humble zip to the Playstation 4.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: inventions
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zip = zipper
1 posted on 10/08/2013 9:03:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: SunkenCiv; neverdem; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 10/08/2013 9:04:19 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

The Thermos ® - the greatest invention ever - isn’t on the list.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 9:09:27 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: EveningStar

Birth control pill. That REALLY changed our lives and society at large.


4 posted on 10/08/2013 9:10:06 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: EveningStar
Kids guessing old technologies
5 posted on 10/08/2013 9:10:07 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Hoodat

These are inventions since 1913. The thermos was invented in 1892.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 9:12:12 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
2013
PlayStation 4

A bit presumptuous, no?

7 posted on 10/08/2013 9:13:42 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: EveningStar

Well that explains it.


8 posted on 10/08/2013 9:14:31 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: EveningStar
My first smartphone

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9 posted on 10/08/2013 9:14:59 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: EveningStar

I bought the Sony Walkman Pro....in 1987

Metal Case...Speed Adjustment so one could tune it to a piano...

250 Bucks...

26 years and one bicycle accident that Dented the case fairly severely. it still works.. although I never use it.

It was the deluxe Ipod of its day


10 posted on 10/08/2013 9:15:17 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: EveningStar

One invention I’ve wondered about is pockets. It’s pretty hard to imagine, but we didn’t have them until a few centuries ago. Can you even imagine having to carry everything you needed with you in a bag, or in your hands, or even stuffed in your clothes, all the time?

I’ve read up on it, and nobody seems to have a clue who invented the first pocket. We can pinpoint a general time when we went from no pockets to pockets, but the inventor, probably some nameless tailor or seamstress, is lost to history.


11 posted on 10/08/2013 9:16:40 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: EveningStar; a fool in paradise

Nothing can beat the artificial intelligence of a simple thermos which can independently determine when to keep the contents cold and when to keep them hot!


12 posted on 10/08/2013 9:18:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

bump for later


13 posted on 10/08/2013 9:18:26 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: EveningStar

What about Smell-O-Vision?


14 posted on 10/08/2013 9:18:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

my vote is for the zip-lock baggie


15 posted on 10/08/2013 9:21:06 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: EveningStar

Heard of a walkman but don’t kmow what it does, as far as a humble zip, I have no idea.


16 posted on 10/08/2013 9:22:27 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: EveningStar; a fool in paradise

Excuse me if I curb my enthusiasm (no pun intended) until a working model of a flying car is invented and made available to the general public and Wal-Mart customers.


17 posted on 10/08/2013 9:22:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: umgud

Complete with a ‘party line’ and 3 of your neighbors?!!


18 posted on 10/08/2013 9:26:26 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Revolting cat!

You're excused.
19 posted on 10/08/2013 9:26:33 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: EveningStar

I have not read the article yet.

But, my Great Grandmother told me the greatest invention was the push button starter for cars.

She worked as a teen and hated that she had to wake her brother every morning very early in order to crank start the car for her.

She was about 5 foot tall and probably never weighed more than 100 pounds.


20 posted on 10/08/2013 9:28:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Hoodat
The Thermos ® - the greatest invention ever - isn’t on the list.

It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. How does it know?

21 posted on 10/08/2013 9:31:58 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: EveningStar

Clothes washing machine!


22 posted on 10/08/2013 9:33:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: EveningStar

Divorce!


23 posted on 10/08/2013 9:33:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

Missing is the stuff rotating in that oven at 7-11, air bags and the designated hitter rule.


24 posted on 10/08/2013 9:34:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: EveningStar; a fool in paradise

The mute button!


25 posted on 10/08/2013 9:34:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Flying Car! LOL!

98% of the idiots out there can’t handle 2 dimensions, adding a 3rd will be a bloodbath.

I Guarantee, there can be 50 vertical lanes and 10 Horizontal lanes and there will still be some moron in the top left lane flying under the speed limit blocking traffic


26 posted on 10/08/2013 9:35:07 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Boogieman

they had belts and pouches. visible and hidden pouches.


27 posted on 10/08/2013 9:35:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: dalereed

Walkman = originally, a portable audio cassette player

zip (UK) = zipper (USA)


28 posted on 10/08/2013 9:36:27 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Jet Jaguar

That electric starter for cars was invented by Charles Kettering, a most humble genius with many patents in his name.

I was fascinated by his biography. He cared little about the millions he made and gave it away during his lifetime. He is the Kettering in the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute.


29 posted on 10/08/2013 9:36:37 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: EveningStar
zip = zipper

And here I was hoping it was the Zip-Drive.

:D

30 posted on 10/08/2013 9:36:54 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: EveningStar

From the point of view of a Euro pickpocket: Fanny packs!


31 posted on 10/08/2013 9:37:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

From the point of view of a Euro pickpocket: Fanny packs!


32 posted on 10/08/2013 9:37:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Hoodat

"I'm picking out a Thermos for you. Not an ordinary Thermos for you. But the extra best Thermos that you can buy, With vinyl and stripes and a cup built right in!"

33 posted on 10/08/2013 9:37:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Secret Agent Man

True, but I don’t think it’s quite the same. Pockets were still pretty revolutionary. Much better than a fanny pack :)


34 posted on 10/08/2013 9:37:29 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: qam1
I Guarantee, there can be 50 vertical lanes and 10 Horizontal lanes and there will still be some moron in the top left lane flying under the speed limit blocking traffic.......

.......with their up blinker flashing for the past 3 light years.

35 posted on 10/08/2013 9:40:06 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: EveningStar

36 posted on 10/08/2013 9:40:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

1985 The Leatherman

I agree.


37 posted on 10/08/2013 9:40:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: DeFault User

Thanks for the info!


38 posted on 10/08/2013 9:41:45 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: EveningStar

” a portable audio cassette player”

I totally canned music when I was 8 when I played in the Los Angeles junior philharmonic orchastra and my mother let me quit music lessons..

I took up hot rods and drag racing and never looked back.

I’ve never owned any form of recorded music and I don’t miss it one bit!


39 posted on 10/08/2013 9:42:14 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Vince Ferrer

Oh man, when the black kid immediately figured out how to work the turntable and started “scratching” on it, I just lost it. Way to perpetuate stereotypes, kid, way to go.


40 posted on 10/08/2013 9:42:43 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Jet Jaguar

My aunt said the most important innovation during her childhood was the window screen!


41 posted on 10/08/2013 9:42:49 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: EveningStar

42 posted on 10/08/2013 9:43:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

43 posted on 10/08/2013 9:47:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: EveningStar

Is there anything it can't do?

44 posted on 10/08/2013 9:49:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Itemized, thread could hit 500...........


45 posted on 10/08/2013 9:51:55 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: TexasRepublic

As a former resident of S.C., I would agree.


46 posted on 10/08/2013 9:54:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Boogieman

yup, was just saying what they used before that. plus many rich people had special compartments and pockets in their clothes. they hid stuff on themselves all the time.


47 posted on 10/08/2013 9:55:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Boogieman
I’ve read up on it, and nobody seems to have a clue who invented the first pocket. We can pinpoint a general time when we went from no pockets to pockets, but the inventor, probably some nameless tailor or seamstress, is lost to history.

Interesting observation and I agree. I have a fondness for pockets. I particularly like the Blackhawk Tactical Pants for all of my every day carry.

I wonder if pockets were developed based on the pace of societal growth. How recent are wallets, multi tools, cell phones, fiat coinage, Kleenex, ball point pens, pocket cameras, concealed carry, micro led flashlights and whatever else a person may carry daily.

It would be nice to have another Connections series to continue to tie inventions into the modern day.
48 posted on 10/08/2013 9:58:10 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. No Blood For Ego!)
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To: EveningStar

I spotted one error on the list- they claim the Polaroid camera was invented in 1967. It actually hit the market in 1948.


49 posted on 10/08/2013 10:04:26 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: EveningStar

50 posted on 10/08/2013 10:07:46 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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