10 Inventions You Probably Don`t Know Are British

Submitted by: Matwix_2004 7 years ago in Misc
http://www.dwsmg.com/10-incredible-inventions-by-the-british.html

We all knew about penicillin, the steam engine, the TV, the telephone, radar and the fire extinguisher... but these?
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Female 32
DON`T FORGET THE SANDWICH!
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Male 528
I`m not suprised about the Viagra....
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Female 24
@Cher-boy..But the scottish are british. Scotland is a part of great britain. Right?
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Male 63
good few of the inventions mentioned in your caption, scottish not british.
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Female 149
them british need their viagra
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Female 535
They also invented the universe!!
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Male 795
#11. America
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Male 12,365
[quote]Brits also claim to have invented the airplane,[/quote]

We do? Where?

Gliders and controllable supersonic aeroplanes are British inventions, though.

[quote]the nuclear bomb,[/quote]

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.

[quote]and the first electronic computer.[/quote]

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
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Male 5,194
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.
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Male 770
as we all know:
if t`aint Scottish it`s CRRAP!

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Male 129
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.
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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
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Male 129
`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!
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Male 12,365
[quote]From the article on Wikipedia about the flush toilet:

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

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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Male 12,365
[quote]Angilion, light bulbs were also `perfected` by the US. Invention may be nice, but making something work WELL is key.[/quote]

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.
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Male 1,920
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?
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Male 2,850
@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".
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Male 2,850
@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.[2] 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.
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Male 1,451
Angilion, light bulbs were also `perfected` by the US. Invention may be nice, but making something work WELL is key.
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Male 1,451
"If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, then you have the British to thank."

Very poor wording choice.
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Male 49
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...
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Male 99
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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Male 5,413
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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Male 12,365
[quote]That`s hilarious, the toaster predated sliced bread.[/quote]

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.
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Male 12,365
[quote]These Roman public toilets were flushed continuously by running water, Definitely not British.[/quote]

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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Male 5,194
If you ask those jingoistic Brits, they will claim they invented EVERYTHING.
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Male 1,360
british=feeble penis
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Female 437
What about rubber tyres?
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Male 1,231
"If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, then you have the British to thank"
Lol
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Male 877
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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Male 383
Neilz, the post is about the British, not Europeans as a whole, a distinction some people fail to make apparently. ;)
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Male 1,557
@neilz0616 Neither did Americans. However instead of just spraying a smell over your stink, try bathing sometime, that`s what we do in Europe.
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Male 6,737
THere be lots of bitter `muricans in this thread
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Male 373
if it were "10 invention you probably didn`t know were are not Chinese" I would have been equally impressed.
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Male 51
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?? Europeans didn`t invent deodorant!!??
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Male 1,557
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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Male 2,004
why should i give a s**t?
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Male 17,511



These Roman public toilets were flushed continuously by running water, Definitely not British.
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Male 422
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 :/
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Male 17,511
Uhm, I guess they forgot about the fact that the Romans had flushing toilets back in the 1st century AD.
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Male 9,305
That`s hilarious, the toaster predated sliced bread.
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Male 2,441
Those are some pretty decent things
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Male 721
"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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Female 160
Mastication... lol
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Male 721
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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Male 137
I knew about the "carbonated beverages" already. That`s only NINE! You owe me one....
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Male 2,893
Europeans invented sex........
But Americans first introduced it to women......
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Female 87
"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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Male 532
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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Male 2,551
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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Male 383
@Kryptonite: Bell was Scottish, but he moved to canada when he was in his early 20`s.
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Male 40,772
Well blow my lips off! Fleming wasn`t Canadian after all!
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Male 89
Wasn`t Alexandre Bell canadian?
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Male 997
We Brits never get full credit for anything positive we do....
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Male 997
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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Female 533
nice to know we can blame the British for Americas soda addiction
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Male 12,138
[quote]@almightybob1 I have never seen anyone acknowledge that basketball is a Canadian invention...Ever.[/quote]
Really? I have, lots. And I`m not even Canadian...
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Male 1,918
@almightybob1 I have never seen anyone acknowledge that basketball is a Canadian invention...Ever.
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Male 2,402
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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Male 325
We invented freedom. FREEDOM!
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Male 4,290
[quote]Who were Canadian citizens at the time they invented stuff... Canadians dammit![/quote]

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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Male 40,772
[quote]...um...Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming were both Scottish...[/quote]
Who were Canadian citizens at the time they invented stuff... Canadians dammit!
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Male 40,772
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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Male 2,332
You forgot the most important British invention..cynicism.
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Male 25,416
Hmmm... that wasnt the most exciting inventions!
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Female 3,001
yey Brits! :D
also, we invented sun glasses? ironic...
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Female 838
hmmm mastication is also chewing
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Male 126
and radar was invented in Clinton Ontario Canada
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Male 424
Britain was basically the world ruler at one point... (long long ago)
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Male 17
...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.

canadian inventions by Scotts...
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Male 677
@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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Male 12,138
[quote]...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.[/quote]
...um...Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming were both Scottish...
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Male 591
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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Male 792
...um...the telephone, and penicillin are Canadian inventions...not British.
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Male 1,929
Wire rope?
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Male 2,121
Woo! Go Britain!!
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Male 15,510
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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Male 2,424
Don`t forget Small Pox.
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Male 7,123
Also windscreen-wipers. How many lives have those saved?

And plasticene. Without which, no Wallace and Grommit.
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Male 143
WTF is a rubber band? Oh you mean an elastic stupid yanks.
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Male 1,116
Don`t forget the electric motor.
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Female 856
We`re just God damn brilliant!
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Male 2,551
Link: 10 Inventions You Probably Don`t Know Are British [Rate Link] - We all knew about penicillin, the steam engine, the TV, the telephone, radar and the fire extinguisher... but these?
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