Category: invention

The inventor of Vaseline was such a firm believer in its medicinal properties that he claimed to have eaten a spoonful of it a day; During a bout of pleurisy in his 50s, he ordered his nurse to cover him from head to toe in the substance, and soon recovered. He lived to be 96.

The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has one regret: adding the double slash “//” to URLs. In retrospect, he says, it was totally unnecessary.

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In the 1880s, many farmers communicated by connecting their phones to barbed wire fences. This process often allowed for up to 20 people to be connected at once, everyone’s phone would ring regardless of who called, and the invention helped many farmers overcome depression and loneliness.

An Israeli team of researchers invented a breathalyzer that can detect 17 different diseases, including two types of Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, and cancers including lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.

The inventor of the fidget spinner surrendered the patent in 2005 because she could not afford the $400 fee to renew the patent.