7. The telephone
After a couple of “Booyah!” moments in his Boston lab, Alexander Graham Bell patented the first US telephone in 1876. Ring, ring! Hello… it’s the future. Funny that we barely use them for talking anymore. Lol.
8. Microwave ovens
While building magnetrons at Raytheon in 1945, Percy Spencer accidentally melted his chocolate bar with radar waves. The “Radarange” was born, providing American children with the technology to turn G.I. Joes into magma within 30 seconds.
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10. A bazillion other game-changing inventions
We make innovation look oh-so-easy. The sewing machine, the telegraph, the disposable safety razor, instant photography, Technicolor film, Rock Band, PET scans, spreadsheets… Yeah, you know you’re super-grateful for spreadsheets.