9 Great Inventions Can’t Be Improved and their History
Yesterday, I was wandering around an interesting question on 9GAG — What invention is so good that it actually can’t be improved upon? And found great answers to this question. Even though there are many attempt to alternate or improve the origin of its invention, they’re still pretty much similar to what it was.
For each of the invention, I included the answer author, number of votes, intersting fact and history about it.
Note that those answered and voted by 9GAG members. Facts and history cited from wikipedia, or elsewhere on the internet
1. Metric system (500 votes)
Answered by darkwish98
Introduced by France in 1790s, the metric system is a system of measurement that uses the meter, liter, and gram as base units of length (distance), capacity (volume), and weight (mass) respectively.
Based on the size of the Earth, they defined “metre”, a one ten-millionth (1/10.000.00) of the length of a quadrant on the Earth’s surface from the equator to the north pole.
2. Safety pin (609 votes)
There was never an update for this beauty — lolo_bindo
The safety pin is a variation of the regular pin which includes a simple spring mechanism and a clasp.
It was invented in 1849, by an American mechanic — Walter Hunt. After being issued the patent, he sold for $400 ($12000 today). Then pay a 15$ (~$450 today) debt to his friend, and keep the rest $385.
3. M1 Garand riffle (1k votes)
Answered by snidergreat2
The M1 Garand is a .30–06 caliber semi-automatic rifle, designed by French Canadian-born — John Garand in 1920s.
It was the standard U.S. service rifle during World War II and the Korean War and also saw limited service during the Vietnam War.
4. Knife (1.2k votes)
A pointy metal on a stick has been around since the discovery of iron — 13th_ss_d
A knife (possibly from Old Norse knifr “blade”) is one of the earliest tools used by humanity. Knives appeared at least two-and-a-half million years ago in the Stone Age.
5. Nail clipper (1.2k votes)
Answered by aksportgas
Nail clippers are usually made of stainless steel but can also be made of plastic and aluminium. The morden design of nail clipper was improved in 1875. But the tool was dated as far as the 8th century BC
6. Bikini (3.2k votes)
Easy — answerd by rustedearth.
A bikini is typically a women’s two-piece swimsuit featuring two triangles of fabric on top. The earliest bikini-like costume appeared 5600 BC (Chalcolithic era) in Çatalhöyük, Anatolia (Küçükköy, Konya Province, Turkey today)
7. Mortar & Pestle (4.2k+ votes)
This technology, already appear in prehistory, first human civilization, still used till now — shocking_tigger
Mortar and pestle are implements used since ancient times to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them. Ancient mortars and pestles are found in Southwest Asia, dated to approximately 35000 BC
For pharmaceutical use, the mortar and the head of the pestle are usually made of porcelain, while the handle of the pestle is made of wood. This is known as a Wedgwood mortar and pestle and originated in 1759
8. BMW and Lada (4.8k votes)
You don’t have to evolve when you’re already perfect! — vikmasz
The BMW 5 Series is an executive car manufactured by BMW since 1972. At first, there was only sedan body style, later added wagon/estate (1991) and 5-door fastback (2009–2017)
Lada Riva (or Lada 2105) manufactured by AvtoVAZ in Russia. It first mass-produced in 1980, but the origin is older (VAZ-2101). And sales proved to be very good in Eastern Europe.
9. Garlic bread (6.1k votes)
Answered by reptar994
Garlic bread (also called garlic toast) consists of bread (usually a baguette or sour dough like a ciabatta), topped with garlic and olive oil or butter and may include additional herbs, such as oregano or chives. Some variants are topped with a variety of cheeses, often mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar or feta. Some restaurants use clarified butter in place of olive oil
Garlic bread stems from bruschetta, which appeared in Italy around the 15th century, and can be traced back to Ancient Rome
While looking for information to write this post, I also enjoyed learning the history of great invetions above.
To me, the most interesting invention (from above) was the metric system. I learned metter was actually measured by 1/10.000.000 the distance between the North Pole to the Equator. I also like garlic bread :D
Let me know what’s your favorite.