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10 Inventions You Probably Don't Know Are British

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Livista
Female, 18-29, Europe
 32 Posts
Thursday, November 25, 2010 8:28:59 AM
DON'T FORGET THE SANDWICH!

zeegrr
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 140 Posts
Saturday, September 11, 2010 1:10:40 PM
I'm not suprised about the Viagra....

MarzyMraz
Female, 13-17, Europe
 24 Posts
Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:58:06 AM
@Cher-boy..But the scottish are british. Scotland is a part of great britain. Right?

cher-boy
Male, 18-29, Europe
 67 Posts
Saturday, September 11, 2010 6:25:17 AM
good few of the inventions mentioned in your caption, scottish not british.

LilJackanape
Female, 60-69, Eastern US
 150 Posts
Saturday, September 11, 2010 1:55:49 AM
them british need their viagra

GiveChase
Female, 18-29, Canada
 532 Posts
Saturday, September 11, 2010 12:26:28 AM
They also invented the universe!!

MrTwidget
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 772 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:56:55 PM
#11. America

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 5:38:42 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

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 4:22:33 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.

inversegrav
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 765 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 2:32:41 PM
as we all know:
if t'aint Scottish it's CRRAP!


togoth
Male, 13-17, Europe
 129 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 1:02:12 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

togoth
Male, 13-17, Europe
 129 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 12:57:52 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!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 12:41:39 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 12:28:16 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.

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 11:32:57 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?

Musuko42
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2804 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 11:04:27 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".

Musuko42
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2804 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 11:00:29 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.[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.

Spider_sol
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1454 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:43:04 AM
Angilion, light bulbs were also 'perfected' by the US. Invention may be nice, but making something work WELL is key.

Spider_sol
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1454 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:37:13 AM
"If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, then you have the British to thank."

Very poor wording choice.

robbstercraw
Male, 30-39, Western US
 49 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 9:00:21 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...

johnhgough
Male, 40-49, Europe
 99 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 8:50:49 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?

8BitHero
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5426 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 7:15:19 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!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 7:11:50 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 7:04:01 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.

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Friday, September 10, 2010 6:40:32 AM
If you ask those jingoistic Brits, they will claim they invented EVERYTHING.

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