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May 5, 1809

On May 5, 1809, Mary Kies of Connecticut was the first American woman to be issued a patent. It was for the technique she came up with for weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats. Johann Fischart Rumpelstiltskin … Continue reading

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January 27, 1926

On January 27, 1926, Scottish inventor, John Baird, demonstrated his pictorial transmission machine, which he also called a television. He said the picture only came in black, white, and grey and he wanted to know “why ye needed any more … 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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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 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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April 26, 1882

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1882 inventor John Sutliff patented a perpetual motion machine (Patent No. 257,103). He labeled it “motor” and the patent clerks passed it, because even in 1882 they were on the lookout for crazy inventions … Continue reading

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