Tuesday, 2 December 2008


The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Two British scientists called Charles Kao and George Hockham working for the British company Standard Telecommunication invented optical fibre in 1966.

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.

Leonardo da Vinci never built the inventions he designed.

Ray Tomlinson sent the first electronic mail, or “email”, in 1972. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.

The real names of some famous people.

Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier)

Billy Ocean (Leslie Charles)

Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Hopkins)

Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian)

David Bowie (David Robert Jones)

Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien)

Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus)

Freddie Mercury (Faroukh Bulsara)

Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson)

Ice T (Tracy Morrow)

Lulu (singer) (Marie Lawrie)

Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday)

Sort of takes the magic out of it doesn’t it?

And finally a tribute to the man who caused more damage to the world than anybody else.

Mr Thomas Midgley JR.

Thomas Midgley, Jr. this is his Bio.

Mr. Midgley invented Tetraethyl lead, the “additive” to petrol that poisoned the earth, he then invented, dichloroflouromethane -- the first of the Freon’s. Which damaged the Ozone Layer.

He contracted polio when he was 51. As he lost the use of his legs, he invented a harness to get himself out of bed. On Nov. 2, 1944, he tangled in the gadget. It strangled him.

Natural justice or not?

Just to even the score, Mr Midgley did not invent these chemicals out of malice, but in order to make the world a better place, which they did until bits started to fall off it.


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