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Major innovations that have changed history

By Surflover ·
Bricks... Just so everyone will understand I'm not just talking about "high tech" innovations, I though a good place to start would be bricks.

They (and dressed stone) were the fundamental material which allowed the creation of large public structures... The Mayans built incredibly intricate palaces and roads, the Egyptians built the great pyramids (which BTW, we can't reproduce either the Mayan roads or the Pyramids to those tolerances with our current technology)... bricks were the key issue that cause the Hebrews to revolt from the Pharoh in Egypt... the Romans used bricks and stone to build roads and aqueducts which allowed them to conquer most of the known world at the time... which in turn spread a common language to the peoples who were conquered (Koine Greek)... which in turn provided a vehicle for the spread of Christianity...

And eventually, with the advent of the F4 Phantom in the 1960's, we proved that with enough power, even a brick can fly :^O

What innovations do you feel are significant?

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What about

by jardinier In reply to The Babbage Machine

the abacus.

Seems the Chinese were a very inventive people.

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How about Issac Merritt Singer?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to The Babbage Machine

He invented the Sewing Machine which while he was a black person from the deep south of the USA meant that he didn't get the credit or money for his invention his owner got it all.

But there is one Dead Black guy who invented something that is impossible to do without today!

Col ]:)

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Not to be confused with the Cabbage Machine

by Montgomery Gator In reply to The Babbage Machine

Invented in medieval Korea for making Kim-Chee.

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Smokeless powder and the telegraph

by ITgirli In reply to Major innovations that ha ...

Military commanders had been complaining since the Napoleonic Wars about the problems of giving orders on a battlefield that was swathed in thick smoke from the gunpowder used by the guns. In 1886 Paul Vieille invented a smokeless gunpowder called Poudre B. Made from gelatinized nitrocellulose mixed with ether and alcohol, it was passed through rollers to form thin sheets, which were cut with a guillotine to flakes of the desired size. Vielle's powder was used in the Lemel rifle that was adopted by the French Army in the late 1880s.

The French Army was the first to use Poudre B but it was not long before other European countries followed their example. Vieille's powder revolutionized the effectiveness of small guns and rifles. Firstly because practically no smoke was formed when the gun was fired and secondly because it was much more powerful than gun powder, giving an accurate rifle range of up to 1000 yards.

In 1887 Alfred Nobel also developed a smokeless gunpowder. This eventually became known as cordite, a powder easier to handle and more powerful than Poudre B.

This smokeless powder was evenutally used in the old west, first by law men. It aided in a great many shoot outs and gave those who had it a great advantage. They could hide behind objects and their would be no smoke to give away their location. However with the onset of technology and the telegraph, also came the first "hackers". Much information was sent through the telegraph line, such as the codes of safes being shipped and the trains personal safe code. Bandits would tap into the line, decode the info and then just show up at the Train depot and walk in show them that they had received the telegraph and could open the safes, and they would just take everything and wal out. Kind of funny, the old west.

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Nice post Girlie, but I think you read too much

by Surflover In reply to Smokeless powder and the ...
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by ITgirli In reply to Nice post Girlie, but I t ...

But I also love the History & Discovery channels.

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Me too

by Surflover In reply to yep

I rarely watch anything else... except football and drag racing sometimes

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Drag racing

by M_a_r_k In reply to Me too

Why do you enjoy watching drag queens race?

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Drag KINGS !!!!

by Surflover In reply to Drag racing

(I dissed you prtty good in the what fads would you like thread... I know you haven't seen it... 'cause you will definately have to respond :^O)

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by M_a_r_k In reply to Drag KINGS !!!!

"I dissed you prtty good in the what fads would you like thread"
Oh yeah? No, I haven't seen it yet. I'll have to hop on over there and see what that's all about and decide if it's worth my precious time to respond to it. It probably isn't! haha

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