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November 14, 1856

On November 14, 1856, American inventor Gail Borden was issued a patent for the technology related to his invention of condensed milk. He said the hardest part was shrinking the cows down to the correct size because it was a … Continue reading

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September 18, 1971

On September 18, 1971, Momofuku Ando marketed the first Cup Noodle (Instant Ramen) and packaged it in a waterproof polystyrene container. Poor college students worldwide went “meh”, but bought them anyway because they were so cheap.

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September 12, 1873

On September 12, 1873, the first practical typewriter was sold by the Remington Company to customers. Before this model with a QWERTY keyboard was sold, only the impractical models were for sale.

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August 11, 1874

On August 11, 1874, Harry S. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head and started Americans on the path to getting showers instead of baths. Twenty-five years later, Dr. Harvey Kellogg denounced the detachable shower-head and pronounced that it … Continue reading

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August 2, 1791

On August 2, 1791, Americans Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive an American patent. They really nailed it for the father-son contribution … Continue reading

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July 14, 1868

On July 14, 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, patented the spring-click tape measure. This is the one that with a push of a button will return the measuring length back into a circular case. It was recommended … Continue reading

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July 12, 1870

On July 12, 1870, William W. Lyman of Meriden, Connecticut patented the first rotating wheel can-opener. At his death on November 15, 1891, Fluffy, his large calico cat gave the eulogy. Fluffy explained how Provider of the Moist Food, which … Continue reading

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May 23, 1785

On May 23, 1785, US Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin announced that he had invented bifocals, which were glasses that would allow a person to see both far away and up close. He also announced that for $18.99, he … Continue reading

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May 22, 1892

On May 22, 1892, American dental surgeon and inventor of toothpaste, Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the collapsible toothpaste tube. And just so you know, Dr. Sheffield, the inventor of the toothpaste tube, quickly put to rest the question of ‘do … Continue reading

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May 14, 1853

On May 14, 1853, Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patented his process for condensed milk. That’s right, his process. In 1853, Gail was a boy’s name. Well, it really wasn’t, but he was Gail Borden, Jr. Which … Continue reading

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