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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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Gret: Check the BBC's website

by neilb@uk In reply to The Star Disk

They have loads about the Horizon series and you may be able to find a transcript.

My recollections are that the suprise was that such an artefact should be found where - until then - they'd only found swords and fairly primitive metal brooches.


Maybe I've saved you from a bit of an egging?

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Bless the good ol' Beeb!

by In reply to The Star Disk

Thanks for that, Neil. Don't know why I didn't think of the obvious myself!

However, I would probably have played the tape before I fronted my class anyway, just so it was fresh in my mind again.

It should be a good discussion anyway and it does raise new issues about archaeology and where the disk was found, etc.

Be nice if they found a few more artefacts of the same calibre as the star disk, though.


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Has anyone mentioned....

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

...sliced bread?

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you are too funny.

by ITgirli In reply to Has anyone mentioned....

I can't read anything you post without laughing.

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by Surflover In reply to you are too funny.

I've become addicted to this "misc" forum because of you 2, and a few others... There's nothing better than a good laugh at the end of the day!... I hope I can contribute a few myself :^O

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Changed for better I think was the idea

by JamesRL In reply to Has anyone mentioned....

You could easily make the argument that sliced bread was the beginning of the end of "real" food. In general unsliced loaves are usually better than sliced ones.


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Definitely !!!

by Surflover In reply to Changed for better I thin ...

I'm actually baking 3 loaves right now (ALL organic too)

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Nobody has mentioned green garbage bags!!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Has anyone mentioned....

They're also known as Polish suitcases.

Dawg ]:)

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The Tooth Brush and baths

by Bob in Calgary In reply to Major innovations that ha ...

Two things that probably did more for the population on the planet than anything else

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The wheel, domestication of horses, dogs, cattle..........................

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Major innovations that ha ...

and last but not least the plow. You also might want to add fire to the list.

Dawg ]:)

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