History’s Most Underrated Inventions
The following link provides a list of items that the columnist suggests are some of the most underrated inventions. Such lists are subjective, but I enjoy reading them and considering whether I agree with the assertions that have been made.
The hard part in some respects is trying to get a consensus on what kind of recognition should be given in order to say that something was not underrated. Anyway, that is a different discussion.
Here is the list. Use the link above to try and understand his reasoning.
1. The chariot.
3. Horse collar.
6. Rotary printing press.
7. Barbed wire.
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Jack's Shack November 16, 2005 at 5:43 am
I didn’t know that either.
Bill November 15, 2005 at 5:32 pm
The invention Bakelite got me.
All I could think of was the hideous smell that comes from a burning Bakelite plate when you accidentally leave it on the stove top.How could that be an underrated invention? Then I looked it up. I had no idea it was the first plastic.
Jack's Shack November 15, 2005 at 4:10 am
I am glad that someone took a look at this list. I find these types of discussions to be interesting.
Stephen (aka Q) November 14, 2005 at 4:47 pm
Very interesting. Carborundum was the one that surprised me most, when I read his explanation. I was familiar with it because some kids used a small block of carborundum to sharpen their skate blades. But I had no idea it was pivotal for industry, and hence for many of the mass-produced objects we take for granted (like cameras).
Anonymous November 14, 2005 at 1:40 pm
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