What are some of the most amazing facts about famous inventions?
1. Alexander Graham Bell is often credited with being the inventor of the telephone since he was awarded the first successful patent. One hour before Alexander Graham Bell registered his patent for the telephone in 1876, Elisha Gray patented his design. After years of litigation, the patent went to Bell.
2. Bubble wrap was accidentally invented in 1957 by two engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Shuvon were trying to develop a 3D plastic wall paper. They were looking for a new wall covering and stuck two shower curtains together. It failed to sell, but they later realised that their invention could be used for packaging.
3. The first modern air conditioning system was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, but it wasn’t invented for people at all. It was created for a printing press.
4. The first glass aquarium wasn’t created until 1832, when seamstress-turned-scientist Jeanne Villepreux-Power got tired of studying dead specimens in her lab. Observing marine life wasn’t as easy as observing animals on land, and she wanted to come up with a way to keep cephalopods—especially the paper nautilus—alive outside of the ocean.
5. The scientists credited with inventing the first webcam – thereby launching the revolution that would bring us video chats and live webcasts – stumbled upon the idea in pursuit of something far more old-fashioned: hot coffee.
As computer geeks at the University of Cambridge beavered away on research projects at the cutting edge of technology, one piece of equipment was indispensable to the entire team – the coffee percolator.
But the problem for scientists was that the coffee pot was stationed in the main computer lab, known as the Trojan room, and many of the researchers worked in different labs and on different floors. They would often turn up to get some coffee from the pot, only to find it had all been drunk, so they rigged up a camera to monitor the coffee pot.
6. Mikhail Kalishnikov, inventor of the AK-47, greatly regretted having invented the weapon, and is quoted as saying “I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work, for example a lawnmower.
7. An insult led to the creation of the Lamborghini. When Ferruccio Lamborghini bought a brand new Ferrari in the 1960’s, he considered it to be more a repurposed track car than a regular road car, as the Ferrari was too noisy and rough to handle. Lamborghini was fond of the Ferrari but was not completely satisfied with it, so he decided to make several suggestions to Enzo Ferrari (founder of Ferrari) including design changes that could help him to improve his luxurious Ferraris.
Ferrari was one of the few companies that made the best sports car in the 1960s and Ferrari had a big brand name. Due to this pride, Enzo Ferrari´s response to Lamborghini´s suggestions was not positive but insulted him also by commenting that “The problem is not in the car, but in the driver who drives it. It is better to focus on your tractor business than paying attention to his cars.”
Ferrari’s comment encouraged Lamborghini to prove him wrong. Lamborghini decided to pursue his vision of a perfect sports car. In 1964 Lamborghini manufactured the first versions of the Lamborghini 350 GT, which exceeded the performance of a Ferrari considerably. His new car attracted a lot of sports car enthusiasts and thus Ferruccio laid the foundation of Lamborghini’s success.