The Sumerians are the earliest known culture to use a tube for drinking. A seal found within a 5,000 year old tomb shows two men drinking beer using a long stalk of some sort. But it was not until the 1930s that bendy straws would make their debut.
Humans seem to have always been fascinated with imitations of their own voice. The earliest example was recorded by Ctesias (a 5th century BCE physician) who described a parrot that could speak in Greek. With the advent of machines in the 19th century, attentions turned to the possibility of building our own imitation device. Though it […]
Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific innovator and renaissance man. So prolific that many of his inventions were not built in his day. One such invention, in the musical field, was the “viola organista”. An instrument that appears similar to a piano, or organ, while sounding much like the strings of a violin or viola.
Before anesthetics and antibiotics, amputation of a limb was a life-threatening procedure. Time was an essential factor for both of these issues, infection and pain being reduced if the amputation was performed faster. One 19th century surgeon by the name of Robert Liston was particularly adept at speedy amputations, earning the name “The Fastest Knife […]
In 1970, a patent was filed by one Bernard D. Sadow. It explained With the enormous recent growth in travel, a number ofproblems have arisen in the handling of luggage. Whereas formerly, luggage would be handled by porters and be loaded or unloaded at points convenient to the street, the large terminals of today, particularly air […]
In the year 2002, many mysterious patents began to surface in the US Patent Office from a man named John Quincy St. Clair. Most with strange names such as the Photon spacecraft or the Chi energy amplifier, it’s anyone’s guess who this man is and where his ideas are from. One of his earliest patents […]