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|I am a food that was actually an American Indian invention. What am I?|
Popcorn. The first Europeans to try popcorn were the colonists who attended the first Thanksgiving dinner of Feb. 23, 1630.
|In 1869, a patent was taken out for an air-conditioned...|
rocking chair. Under the seat were bellows. Rocking back and forth sent fresh air down through a pipe above a person's head.
|In the early 1900s, the first hair dryer was a ...|
vacuum cleaner. Women dried their hair by connecting the hose to the back end of their vacuum.
|In 1893, Whitcomb Judson invented what he called "The Clasp Locker and Unlocker," better known today as...|
the zipper. It was made of two metal chains that were joined together by pulling a slider between them.
|What sea craft was first built by Cornelius Van Drebbel in 1615?|
submarine. The submarine was made of wood and leather and was rowed underwater like a rowboat.
|In 1910, Georges Claude, a French scientist, created ...|
neon lighting. In his science fiction book "When the Sleeper Awakes," H.G. Welles wrote about neon signs, eleven years before they were invented.
|In the 1920s, an enterprising American named Donald Duncan adapted and popularized what famous toy still used today?|
yo-yo. The yo-yo was originally a hunting weapon used in the Philippine Islands.
|During the 1970s, a shoe company came up with one of the strangest products ever. What was it?|
aquarium shoes. The heels were made of clear, hollowed-out plastic, filled with water and live goldfish.
|What was shown for the first time in Los Angeles on November 26, 1952?|
3-D movie. The 3-D movie called "Bwana Devil" broke box office records in it's first week by bringing in $95,000.
|In 1924, John Baird gave the first demonstration of something he called a ...|
televisor - television. It was made up of a tea chest, an empty biscuit box, long needles, an old electric motor and the lens from a bicycle light.
|In 1896, the news of what discovery by Wilhelm Roentgen made many people nervous?|
x-rays. A rumor spread that the new discovery would enable people to see through clothing.
|What plaything that would appeal to kids everywhere? It was invented by Sir David Brewster in 1817.|
kaleidoscope. Believe it or not, wallpaper, carpet and fabric designers often use this "toy" to find new patterns for their products.
|In 1899, V. Poulsen invented the "telegraphone," better known today as the ...|
answering machine. The earliest models of the answering machine recorded on to thin steel wire.
|Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace, a noblewoman who lived in the 1800s, became the first ...|
computer programmer. She invented a program what was then called the "analytical engine," which was used to develop today's computer.
|What did the Westinghouse Company exhibit during the 1939-1940 world's fair?|
a robot. Elektro, the 7-foot, 260-pound Mechanical Man's electrical system contained 24,900 miles of wire.
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