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82 Responses to 10 Inventions You Probably Don`t Know Are British

  1. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    September 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    Link: 10 Inventions You Probably Don`t Know Are British - We all knew about penicillin, the steam engine, the TV, the telephone, radar and the fire extinguisher... but these?
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    Pandabee Female 40-49
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    We`re just God damn brilliant!
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    Don`t forget the electric motor.
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    GullCull Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    WTF is a rubber band? Oh you mean an elastic stupid yanks.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Also windscreen-wipers. How many lives have those saved?

    And plasticene. Without which, no Wallace and Grommit.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Don`t forget Small Pox.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    Well according Wikipedia:
    "Matches also appeared in Europe by about 1530,[3"> yet the first modern, self-igniting match was invented in 1805 by K. Chancel, assistant to Professor Louis Jacques Thénard of Paris."
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    Woo! Go Britain!!
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm
    Wire rope?
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    ...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.
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    fiizok Male 40-49
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    It`s a bit disingenuous to claim that television is a British invention. Baird`s television system was a technological dead-end. Credit for electronic television, used worldwide since the 1930s, properly belongs to an American named Philo Farnsworth.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    ...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.
    ...um...Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming were both Scottish...
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    marcus2 Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    @samsquanch

    Penecilin is an British invention, (from wikipedia)

    "The discovery of penicillin is attributed to Scottish scientist and Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming in 1928"

    Wiki page
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    baileymog Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    ...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.

    canadian inventions by Scotts...
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    tenty Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Britain was basically the world ruler at one point... (long long ago)
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    bowlinguy Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    and radar was invented in Clinton Ontario Canada
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    hmmm mastication is also chewing
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    yey Brits! :D
    also, we invented sun glasses? ironic...
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Hmmm... that wasnt the most exciting inventions!
  20. Profile photo of Reignblazer
    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    You forgot the most important British invention..cynicism.
  21. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    September 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    Thanks you fellow IABers for pointing out the CAPTION FAIL! Canadians have a long history of invention, eh?
    Top 50 Canadian Inventions
    (idk, they seem to be in random order...)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    September 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    ...um...Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming were both Scottish...
    Who were Canadian citizens at the time they invented stuff... Canadians dammit!
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    Who were Canadian citizens at the time they invented stuff... Canadians dammit!

    Bell lived in Canada, yes, but he was Scottish by birth. If he held Canadian citizenship, then he was of dual nationality. Besides, people tend to be attributed to the country of their birth, not where they lived. We acknowledge that basketball is a Canadian invention even though the Canadian who invented it, James Naismith, was living and working in America at the time.

    Fleming was again born in Scotland, and lived in London most of his adult life. He was working in a hospital in London when he discovered penicillin in 1928. I can find no mention of him ever living in Canada.
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    YoungOola Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    We invented freedom. FREEDOM!
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    Sorry but British do not have such claim to fame on the flushing toilet. The Greeks and Hindus 3700 years ago had such devices.
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    Dfaulted Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    @almightybob1 I have never seen anyone acknowledge that basketball is a Canadian invention...Ever.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    @almightybob1 I have never seen anyone acknowledge that basketball is a Canadian invention...Ever.
    Really? I have, lots. And I`m not even Canadian...
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    teampink27 Female 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm
    nice to know we can blame the British for Americas soda addiction
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    German Christian Huelsmeyer was the first to discover the effect of radar in 1904, but radar as we know it was invented and the acronym established in 1935 by three British scientists, Sir Robert Watson-Watt, A F Wilkins and H E Wimperis along with Sir Henry Tizard discovered its use putting it to exellent effect in World War 2. Ironic we used a German discovery against them Brits did not Canadians....
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    We Brits never get full credit for anything positive we do....
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    Kryptonite Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm
    Wasn`t Alexandre Bell canadian?
  32. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    Well blow my lips off! Fleming wasn`t Canadian after all!
  33. Profile photo of ChrisMunich
    ChrisMunich Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    @Kryptonite: Bell was Scottish, but he moved to canada when he was in his early 20`s.
  34. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    If there are innaccuracies in where they come from, I didn`t actually check. Nor did I bother to varify any.
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    VAJENGA Male 30-39
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    September 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    Well they didn`t bloody invent dental hygeine thats for certain! (Sorry I actually love the British, but with all the fat American posts going around, I felt a need to get this jab in.)
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    BluishOrange Female 50-59
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    September 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    "Really this are the incredible work done by britisher.
    Thanks For Sharing
    Abhishek"
    I love Abhishek, unless he or she is being sarcastic.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    Europeans invented sex........
    But Americans first introduced it to women......
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    Justeazy Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm
    I knew about the "carbonated beverages" already. That`s only NINE! You owe me one....
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    Nburkie420 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    Ha! at Americans who`s lifes are crushed when they realized a Canadian invented basketball. Too bad we suck at it.. :(
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    Isseepy Female 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    Mastication... lol
  41. Profile photo of Nburkie420
    Nburkie420 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    "Europeans invented sex........
    But Americans first introduced it to women......"

    Oh dont forgot that you guys also introduced it to farm and pet animals, a car, a slab of meat hooked to a car battery, gross fetishes and incest. Okay well the last one i`ll give the credit to the Russians.
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    Those are some pretty decent things
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    That`s hilarious, the toaster predated sliced bread.
  44. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Uhm, I guess they forgot about the fact that the Romans had flushing toilets back in the 1st century AD.
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    RAGEMONSTER Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm
    I was about to give some smart ass remark about how I could live without all that stuff before I read the post....I need all of those things :/
  46. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm



    These Roman public toilets were flushed continuously by running water, Definitely not British.
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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm
    why should i give a s**t?
  48. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm
    To the people saying about ancient `flushing toilets` ... pooping into moving water isn`t what it means by flushing, nor was that exactly `invented`, it means the modern flush, ie still water which is flushed away with a lever.

    So imagine the post says "modern flushing toilet", and stop whining ;)
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    neilz0616 Male 18-29
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    September 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm
    WHAT DO YOU MEAN?? Europeans didn`t invent deodorant!!??
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    Ando Male 13-17
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    September 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    if it were "10 invention you probably didn`t know were are not Chinese" I would have been equally impressed.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 12:01 am
    THere be lots of bitter `muricans in this thread
  52. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 12:30 am
    @neilz0616 Neither did Americans. However instead of just spraying a smell over your stink, try bathing sometime, that`s what we do in Europe.
  53. Profile photo of ChrisMunich
    ChrisMunich Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 1:59 am
    Neilz, the post is about the British, not Europeans as a whole, a distinction some people fail to make apparently. ;)
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    September 10, 2010 at 3:13 am
    neilz0616
    Male, 18-29, Eastern US
    51 Posts Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:28:51 PM
    WHAT DO YOU MEAN?? Europeans didn`t invent deodorant!!??



    i`ll bet your northern european by `race` as most americans are imigriants from Europe?
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 3:27 am
    "If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, then you have the British to thank"
    Lol
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    Frankii Female 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 3:36 am
    What about rubber tyres?
  57. Profile photo of PierreJeanFR
    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 4:00 am
    british=feeble penis
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 6:40 am
    If you ask those jingoistic Brits, they will claim they invented EVERYTHING.
  59. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:04 am
    These Roman public toilets were flushed continuously by running water, Definitely not British.

    And...there are British toilets of that design dating back to ~3000 BC, i.e. more than 2000 years before the founding of Rome (753 BC, according to ancient Roman records).

    Roman water management and sewerage far exceeded that of any other society at the time(*), but you can`t cite them as the inventors of holes over channels of water.

    * And for long afterwards. London, for example, didn`t regain Roman levels of water supply and sewerage until the late 19th century, when it reached the levels that Rome had had 2000 years earlier. Capital of the British empire, heart of the Industrial revolution, one of the most advanced cities in the world...and it still didn`t match ancient Rome for water and waste management.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:11 am
    That`s hilarious, the toaster predated sliced bread.

    There are a surprising number of inventions that predate something necessary for them. Electric light bulbs, for example, predated an electricity supply.

    And before anyone asks, yes, electric light bulbs are another British invention.

    They`re particularly relevant in this context because the American involvement was essentially making them into a profitable business by coupling them with mass production and an electricity supply to a building. It`s a very common story - invented in Britain, made profitable in the USA.
  61. Profile photo of 8BitHero
    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 7:15 am
    Go Britain...as if I care though. Ha at the comments, though
    Troll: Oh crap the British did something good, I better reply with how stupid they are and leave a pathetic comments and snide joke/remark.

    Britash peeopls small dicks lololol`

    Ok and post reply. What`s even more awesome is that I`ve hidden myself so I can be even more of a dickwad. I are smrat!
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    johnhgough Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?
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    robbstercraw Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Wow....It sounded like it was written by a Third Grade Special Ed student, not someone with a Masters in English Lit! The Grammar Nazi would be displeased to say the least...
  64. Profile photo of Spider_sol
    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:37 am
    "If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, then you have the British to thank."

    Very poor wording choice.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:43 am
    Angilion, light bulbs were also `perfected` by the US. Invention may be nice, but making something work WELL is key.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 11:00 am
    @CrakrJak.

    From the article on Wikipedia about the flush toilet:

    "circa 31st century BC: Britain`s oldest neolithic village, Skara Brae, Orkney used neolithic hydrolic technology. The village`s design used a river and connecting drainage system to wash waste away."

    So even with your argument that the Roman toilets are flush toilets, us Brits STILL had "flushing" toilets earlier than the Romans.

    Thank you, come again.
  67. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    September 10, 2010 at 11:04 am
    @Spider_sol

    "Angilion, light bulbs were also `perfected` by the US."

    By who`s definition of perfect? CFL bulbs are an improvement in a lot of people`s eyes. They would not call the old incandescents "perfect".
  68. Profile photo of MrPeabody
    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 11:32 am
    Actually Bell first came up with the concept of the telephone while in Scotland.

    "In 1864 Bell became a resident master in Elgin`s Weston House Academy in Scotland, where he conducted his first studies in sound and first conceived the idea of transmitting speech with electricity."

    He was in Boston, MA when he patented the telephone in 1875. Another Italian migrant to the US Antonio Meucci was ready to patent the `teletrofono` in 1871, four years before Bell, but was unable to raise the funds to have it patented.

    Although the very first mention of a telephone is in the bible in the book of Job, considered to be the oldest book in the world:

    Job 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?
  69. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    Angilion, light bulbs were also `perfected` by the US. Invention may be nice, but making something work WELL is key.

    Swan`s bulbs worked as well as Edison`s, maybe better, and earlier. Which is probably why Edison bought Swan`s ideas.

    Other people had made incandescent bulbs before, but Swan`s were the first that worked well. Not his first versions in the 1850s - those worked but not very well - but his second go at it in the 1870s. The main difference being how good a vacuum he could get from the available technology - his 1850s bulbs were a sound enough design.

    As I said before, Edison`s innovation was the business, not the bulbs. He also supplied the wiring, even the power station in some cases. You could buy bulbs *and everything you needed to use them* from Edison. That made a lot of difference at the time, since hardly anyone had electricity ~1880.
  70. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    From the article on Wikipedia about the flush toilet:

    "circa 31st century BC: Britain`s oldest neolithic village, Skara Brae, Orkney

    Don`t trust Wikipedia. It`s not a reliable source.

    Skara Brae isn`t even Britain`s oldest *known* neolithic village. We know that there were people farming in Britain long before Skara Brae was built, so we know there were villages long before it. Finding most of them would be impossible because they will have been destroyed or at least thoroughly buried by later building. Skara Brae survived so well because it was built on land nobody ever wanted to use afterwards and soon buried by nature.
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    togoth Male 13-17
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    September 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    `hand at heart`

    God save our gracious Queen,
    Long live our noble Queen,
    God save the Queen:
    Send her victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us:
    God save the Queen.
    O Lord, our God, arise,
    Scatter her enemies,
    And make them fall.
    Confound their politics,
    Frustrate their knavish tricks,
    On Thee our hopes we fix,
    God save us all.
    Thy choicest gifts in store,
    On her be pleased to pour;
    Long may she reign:
    May she defend our laws,
    And ever give us cause
    To sing with heart and voice
    God save the Queen

    there aint enough british patrism, after all we did rule a third of the world!
  72. Profile photo of togoth
    togoth Male 13-17
    129 posts
    September 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    or too be more appropiate when talking of british supremecy:
    1
    God bless our native land!
    May heaven`s protecting hand
    Still guard our shore:
    May peace her power extend,
    Foe be transformed to friend,
    And Britain`s rights depend
    On war no more.
    2
    O Lord, our monarch bless
    With strength and righteousness:
    Long may she reign:
    Her heart inspire and move
    With wisdom from above;
    And in a nation`s love
    Her throne maintain
    3
    May just and righteous laws
    Uphold the public cause,
    And bless our isle:
    Home of the brave and free,
    Thou land of liberty,
    We pray that still on thee
    Kind heaven may smile.
    4
    Nor on this land alone,
    But be God`s mercies known
    From shore to shore:
    Lord make the nations see
    That men should brothers be,
    And form one family
    The wide world o`er
  73. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    as we all know:
    if t`aint Scottish it`s CRRAP!

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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    Brits also claim to have invented the airplane, the nuclear bomb, and the first electronic computer.

    All they ever really invented was the cat-flap.
  75. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Brits also claim to have invented the airplane,

    We do? Where?

    Gliders and controllable supersonic aeroplanes are British inventions, though.

    the nuclear bomb,

    Not entirely. The initial designs were British. They were part of the payment to the USA for help in WW2, along with RADAR, the jet engine and the programmable electronic computer. None of this is disputed - the records were declassified in the 1990s.

    and the first electronic computer.

    First general-purpose electronic computer programmable in software (Colossus, invented at Bletchley Park for codebreaking), but it`s a bit of a grey area because definitions are a bit hard to pin down and the records were classified for so long.

    Computers were deliberately suppressed in the UK after WW2, which might have been more payment to the USA (which then had a free run at the commercial market, helped out by the computers the UK
  76. Profile photo of MrTwidget
    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    September 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    #11. America
  77. Profile photo of GiveChase
    GiveChase Female 18-29
    535 posts
    September 11, 2010 at 12:26 am
    They also invented the universe!!
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    LilJackanape Female 60-69
    149 posts
    September 11, 2010 at 1:55 am
    them british need their viagra
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    cher-boy Male 18-29
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    September 11, 2010 at 6:25 am
    good few of the inventions mentioned in your caption, scottish not british.
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    MarzyMraz Female 13-17
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    September 11, 2010 at 11:58 am
    @Cher-boy..But the scottish are british. Scotland is a part of great britain. Right?
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    zeegrr Male 40-49
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    September 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    I`m not suprised about the Viagra....
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    Livista Female 18-29
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    November 25, 2010 at 8:28 am
    DON`T FORGET THE SANDWICH!

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