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3 Small Inventions That Changed The World

3 Small Inventions That Changed The World

 

The smaller things in life sometimes don’t get their due appreciation, even though we get through life by using those very things. You may think you can’t live without your tablet computer and your cordless electric drill, but what about the inventions that came before them? Humans have been innovating since the dawn of time to get us to where we are today. The most necessary inventions are often simple and small, but make all the difference in the world. Here are three simple inventions that changed the world.

3 Small Inventions That Changed The World

3 Small Inventions That Changed The World
3 Small Inventions That Changed The World

 

  1. Post-it notes: One of those great indispensable modern inventions that revolutionized the stationery world, like the potato chip, was also made by accident. A chemist named Spencer Silver was working for 3M in 1968. Instead, he discovered a low-grade adhesive that was perfect for holding something slight, like a piece of paper to a surface, but also weak enough to be removed from the surface without tearing or breaking it. But its marketability wasn’t clear right away. One of Silver’s co-workers, Art Fry, figured out one day that it made a pretty good bookmark.

 

  1. Celluloid: The first synthetic plastic, celluloid is hugely important to life. Celluloid is most famous these days for being the film used in the films. It was developed in the 1860s and 1870s by industrialist and inventor John Wesley Hyatt. Before then, the world did not have plastic bags, Tupperware, or cheap watches.

 

  1. Duct Tape: There was already tape in the world before duct tape was invented during WWII, but very few other kinds held on as tightly for as long as this ultra-durable, ultra-adhesive material. It was initially developed by researchers at Johnson & Johnson to help the military protect their ammunition cases from harsh conditions on the front lines. After the soldiers came home, many of them got jobs in construction, and they recommended some rolls of their hard-working tape to heating and air-conditioning contractors to hold ventilation ducts together. That’s how duct tape became popular around the world as a very useful hardware element.

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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