Who Invented What?

Do you know who invented the first mirrors, the first combs, or who used the first false teeth? Read on to find the answers and learn more invention facts.

Who Invented What?

Do you know who invented the first mirrors, the first combs, or who used the first false teeth? Read on to find the answers and learn more invention facts.

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  • Based on evidence gathered in some caves in Beijing, China (c.600,000 BC), early Chinese might used fire for cooking and perhaps to drive away dangerous animals. Hunters learned to use harpoon around 13,000 BC. This simple but effective hunting weapon kept them in safe distance from dangerous prey.


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  • Needles made from bone were first used as early as 20,000 BC. As Nomads or wondering people moved to colder regions in search for foods. Finding their loincloths not suitable for colder weather, they saw the need to sew or make clothing that will adapt to the colder climate to keep warm. In 2800 BC, Hemp rope was first used in China.


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  • Around 3000 BC, Egyptians have a way to see if they look beautiful, by looking at a metal mirror. However, man’s desire to well-groomed must have dated back around 8000 BC. In, Scandinavia, archaeologists have stumbled upon combs made from antlers. False teeth were first used by the Etrurians of Italy in 700 BC.


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  • Early Mediterranean Sea fishermen have the luxury of using fishing nets way back 10,000 BC. These fish nets were crafted from twisted vines. In addition, primitive hammers were first utilized by earliest stoneworkers during this period. Barbed fish hooks were first put into use in Scandinavia around 3000 BC.

  • The Sumerians contributed two useful inventions in our list. Around 4000 – 3000 BC, writing was invented and flourished of the Mesopotamian region.   Written in clay tablets, it is called cuneiform. Around 5000 BC, irrigation was first used tapping the Euphrates and Tigris rivers as their chief water source.


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  • Glass, in the form of glass beads, was invented by the Egyptians in 3000 BC. In 3500 BC, papyrus was invented and it led to the invention of ink. Around 4000 BC, They invented the first pins that were primarily used to fasten robes. These pins were produced out of copper.


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  • The first genuine alphabet comprising 22 letters was invented by the Syrian in 1700 BC.  The Greeks invented the first wooden spoons around 1500 BC. They used these wooden spoons exclusively to eat eggs. The first coins were in circulation in Asia Minor around 620 BC, thus making trading much easier.


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  • The first water-powered mill was invented by the Greeks in 85 BC. They also used the first giant catapults in 400 BC. These catapults were the which were the predecessors of modern artillery. The first wheels was invented in Mesopotamia in 3200 BC paving the way for  faster and productive harvests.


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  • Sugar refining was first introduced in India in1000 BC. Welding first occurred in Syria in 1350 BC, while iron smelting was first done in Mesopotamia in 1900 BC. The first carpets were first made in China in 500 BC.


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  • Other Egyptian inventions include: toy balls that first appeared around 2000 BC, sundial around 1000 BC, musical organ was first played in Alexandria in 300 BC, and surveying instruments were invented in 600 BC.   

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Papaleng is a member of The Filipino Diaspora

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  1. Kimber777 Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Great article!!


  2. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Interesting and very informative. I wish we had the names of the inventors LOL! :-)


  3. Gabriel Knight Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Informative article. Thanks.


  4. Poetic Enigma Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Excellent article, very informative!!


  5. Blue Buttefly Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Brilliant, very informative!


  6. Ima Vee Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:17 am

    very interesting sir papz…i’ve been always curious about how needles came to existence…
    wonderful share sir papz…:-]


  7. cyrenjan Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Great article. Nice post!


  8. lapasan Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 2:23 am

    As I have noticed in this article most of the early inventions came from Asia.


  9. FX777222999 Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Well-written and nice to know these things. Thans papaleng


  10. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Wow! I had no idea that every day items and materials like these were first invented so far back in time. A very interesting and well written post.

    Christine


  11. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 5:17 am

    interesting one


  12. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Some of the things we currently use have been in use for a long time. Well researched my friend.


  13. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I have always wondered about some of these things.


  14. AshleyApathy Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Interesting stuff!


  15. pguims Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

    another great compilation from you paps…


  16. Edsss Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

    grabe! ano kaya maiimbento ko someday? Great post papaleng. :P


  17. J M Lennox Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Very interesting. A great compilation Papaleng. :-)


  18. mostpopulararticle Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    This article has been indexed in The Filipino Diaspora. Read more articles written by this author in our blog.


  19. DaYong Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i love history! thank you :)


  20. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    These are great inventions that we have taken for granted. Very good discoveries.


  21. Palestrya Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Great information. I love ancient history. I knew some of this and I enjoy more.


  22. joelan19 Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Interesting piece of history! Thanks, papaleng! :)


  23. nz2rdfox Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

    interesting papz:)


  24. PR Mace Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, what a great article. Enjoyed it very much.


  25. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 4:23 am

    unique and great inventions indeed. nicely presented my friend. thanks papa .I like-it. thanks friend :) V+share


  26. bobie Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    very nice article paps..hehehe…informative and another knowledge about inventions.


  27. LJ Spain Says...

    On March 4, 2011 at 1:36 am

    These are some neat things to know where they were started.


  28. eddiego65 Says...

    On March 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Interesting piece of history.


  29. FallenAngelDisease Says...

    On March 15, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Interesting historical article :) I still remember this since we discuss this in History every year, although I did not really know that organs came from Egypt. XD


  30. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On March 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I have always wondered who were their inventors kuya. Good post, very juicy :)


  31. revivor Says...

    On April 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    interesting origins to some of these inventions – nice article


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