Browsing: Inventions

A Brief History On July 5, 1946, the bikini swimsuit went on sale after being debuted at the Molitor Pool of Paris, France.  Ever since, continued developments in this fashion icon have kept the interest of men over most of the globe, and provided Sports Illustrated Magazine with an annual blockbuster issue.  Here we list 10 of our (subjective) favorite 20th Century inventions.  What are some of your favorites? Digging Deeper 10. Napalm and Silly Putty, 1942, 1943. Napalm came to us in 1942 courtesy of Harvard University, a jelly like gasoline concoction designed to burn people and objects to…

A Brief History On June 19, 1269, the King of France, Louis IX, ordered that any Jew found in any public place not wearing the obligatory yellow badge would be fined 10 livres of silver.  (Note:  The livre was the monetary unit in France before 1795 when they came up with the franc.  The word stems from the Latin word for “pound” and the original livre in 781 CE was 1 pound of silver.)  People of Jewish faith or lineage have suffered discrimination and worse for many centuries.  Meanwhile, many Jewish scientists, composers, educators, and artists of all types among others…

A Brief History On June 14, 1789, the Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled whiskey from maize (corn).  Since he was living in Bourbon County, Kentucky, he called his creation Bourbon.  Many foods and drinks derive their name from where they were invented or made popular, or for whatever reason were named after a city, region, or country.  Here we list 10 of the most popular of these “place named” foods and drinks.  Which ones would you add to the list?  (Daquiri? Manhattan? Chicago-Style Pizza?) 10. 1000 Island Dressing. Going back to around 1900 or so, legend has it that this salad…

A Brief History On June 9, 1959, the USS George Washington was launched, the first ballistic missile carrying submarine, creating a new class of nuclear delivery weapons that would virtually guarantee mutual destruction in time of nuclear war.  Here we list 10 such milestones in modern  (19th through 21st Centuries) weaponry that can be considered “game changers.”  (The order listed is not necessarily by importance.) Which weapon developments would you add?  (Plastic and polymers, lasers, chemical weapons, armor piercing incendiary tracer rounds, recoil shock absorbers for artillery, various rifle scopes, night vision devices, precision guided bombs, cruise missiles, drones, jet…

A Brief History On June 4, 1896, Henry Ford completed his Quadricycle, the first Ford automobile, which he promptly took for a test drive.  Almost 120 years later nearly 100 million Ford cars can trace their lineage back to this humble vehicle.  Every company has to start somewhere and somehow, and here we list 10 First Products of some of these iconic companies (in no particular order). Digging Deeper 10. Ford Quadricycle, 1896.  This Granddaddy of all Fords had a 2 cylinder 4 horsepower motor, could seat 2 and rode on bicycle tires.  Steering was accomplished by a “tiller” (stick…

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