Posted by: cindybiz | August 21, 2009

Friday Fun Facts – Inventors

Inventors are people that just see things from a different perspective…and here are some of the results!

* In the early 1800s, a French silk weaver called Joseph-Marie Jacquard invented a way of automatically controlling the warp and weft threads on a silk loom by recording patterns of holes in a string of cards.

* In 1843, a mathematician, Ada Byron, published the first computer programs. She based them on Jacquard’s punch-card idea. Her programs were for the first general-purpose mechanical digital computer, that was just invented by Charles Babbage.

* Gutenburg invented the printing press in the 1450’s, and the first book to ever be printed was the Bible. It was, holava lampwever, in Latin rather than English.

* Craven Walker invented the lava lamp, and its contents are colored wax and water.

* Cyano-acrylate glues (super glue) were invented by accident. The researcher was trying to make optical materials, and would test their properties by putting them between two prisms and shining light through them. When he tried the cyano-acrylate, he couldn’t get the prisms apart.

* A device invented as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero, about the time of the birth of Christ, is used today as a rotating lawn sprinkler.

Any inventions that you are working on? It is amazing what happens when we think outside the box a bit, isn’t it?? Share with us…unless they are top secret!

For more info just like this, check out the Useless Facts Website!

Photo Credits: edenpictures (Creative Commons license on Flickr)



  1. This information is totally cool thanks for the handy information!

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