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"There are famous inventors that we all learn about in school. But what about those inventors who have been overlooked or forgotten? This quiz is dedicated to them."
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Pass the hot sauce ... but not just any hot sauce. If you're a hot sauce connoisseur or you just like your food to have that extra kick, may I suggest Edmund McIlhenny's uniquely flavored food enhancer. Developed by McIlhenny during the American Civil War, what hot sauce did he produce?
The name Christopher Sholes may not ring any bells for you. However, if you were told that Sholes, a printer by trade, designed something in 1874 that is still being used by millions of people every day, sometimes all day long, would you be able to guess what it is he invented?
The next time you recycle your plastic bottles or substitute plastic grocery bags for reusable ones, thank John McConnell. McConnell was concerned about the environment even as he worked in a plastics factory. In 1970 he did something about it. A special day of the year, which he founded, has been set aside to celebrate our planet. What is it called?
Plant a Tree Day
Bike to Work Day
If you're old enough to remember a world without Playstation, XBox, or Nintendo, then you might remember Pong, an early video game. Ralph Baer, a German-born electrical engineer, pioneered the first video game machine. What was it called?
Inventors, like the products they create, come in all shapes and sizes. Add age to that. The young daughter of a Salvadoran immigrant helped to design toys when she was only four years old. She now is an executive at Catco Toys. What is her name?
This meat product has gotten a bad rap over the years. It has actually helped many people through tough times. It comes in a can, is pinkish in color and has, shall we say, a pungent aroma. What is it?
In the late 1940s Robert Probst, a Fines Arts professor, used his brainstorming techniques to come up with ways to improve life. One office invention was actually the result of a previously failed concept. In 1960 what did Probst create for the workplace that has since become ubiquitous?
Office file system
When it's hot and humid outside, what could be more refreshing than a popsicle? It's sweet and cold and a favorite summer treat for children. Who invented it?
Back in 1963 Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, created the first of these for an insurance company. For a while, in the 1960s and 1970s, this yellow icon seemed to show up everywhere. What exactly did Harvey create?
Baby On Board sign
In 1926, a college student developed the prototype for a better foot-measuring device. His device could measure the width, length and arc of the foot. Prior to this, the Ritz Stick was used to measure just the width and length of the foot, not the arc. Name the man who created this device which bears his name.
J. Stuart Blackton
Nils Ivar Bohlin
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