8. The mountain bike
If you’ve ever flown down the side of a mountain on a bike, you can thank Joe Breeze, a dude from Marin who's credited with introducing the first successful, purpose-built mountain bike in 1978.
9. Fruit cocktail
Did you know that the USDA says canned fruit cocktail must contain 30% to 50% diced peaches, 25% to 45% diced pears, 6% to 16% diced pineapple, 6% to 20% whole grapes, and few to no cherry halves? Did you also know that a guy from UC Berkeley and another one from San Jose are the ones who invented it? Well, now you do.