Who Invented the Helicopter?

Who Invented the Helicopter?...

Aside from the plane, the helicopter is the only other vehicle capable of heavier than air flight. Until recently, it was also the only vehicle that is capable of vertical lift-off. These characteristics make it interesting to know who invented the helicopter as it is an undeniably unique vehicle. If the question ‘who invented the helicopter’ pertains to the individual who first designed a vehicle resembling the modern helicopter, then the inventor of the helicopter is undeniably Leonardo da Vinci. The quintessential Renaissance Man, da Vinci did not limit himself to the arts. He also dabbled into engineering. In fact, da Vinci indicated that his occupation is a military engineer, as he designed numerous machines and contraptions of war for Italian warlords during his time. This is in stark contrast with his popular image as an artist, an image that owes to the popularity of his Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci can very well be considered as the man who invented the helicopter, if the only criterion for being the inventor of the helicopter is to become the first to create a design plan of a helicopter. This is because he is the first individual to come up with the concept of a vehicle that flies vertically. In his notes, he called this helicopter prototype a ‘flying screw’ due to its distinct flying pattern. Many helicopter designs have been created centuries after da Vinci’s. Such designs include that of Lomonosov and d’Amecourt both of which, like da Vinci’s, remained on the drawing board and did not actually lift off the ground. They may not be candidates for being the ones who invented the helicopter but they nevertheless advanced the principles that will help the future pioneers perfect the technology...
Who Invented Hockey?

Who Invented Hockey?

Based on the history of hockey, James Creighton of McGill University in Canada invented the rules in 1875. However the rules he set up were for the modern ice hockey game. The basic concept of the sport has been around for thousands of years. Possible Origins of Hockey Archaeologists have determined that a hockey type game was being played in ancient Egypt 2,000 years ago. Much of the evidence was found in the village of Beni Hasan. There, archaeologists found a depiction on the tomb of Kheti. Two men were illustrated holding curved sticks with a ball between them. Studies on the early history of hockey also prove that Hellenistic civilizations played a similar game called Keritizin. The game looked very similar to field hockey. There are also records showing the Romans playing a sport called paganica. It revolved around a ball and sticks. Variations of the stick and ball game have been found in other civilizations as well. The Persian, Aztec, Arabian and Ethiopians all played a game like field hockey. Given this fact, it may prove impossible to determine the sport’s rue origin. The Medieval Age The Medieval Age produced other hockey like games. The Scots played a game called shinty and the French termed it crosse. The Irish developed a game called hurling and it bore resemblance to hockey. While the history of hockey is old, the word first appeared in 1527. The French used the word hoquet to refer to the curved stick. The word hockie also appeared in Ireland Statues. In fact historians assert that the modern game started in Ireland. Field hockey also became popular in England during the 1600 to 1700s. The game proved so popular that entire villages would hold tournaments....
Who Invented the Umbrella?

Who Invented the Umbrella?...

The long history of the umbrella makes it impossible to determine who invented it first. But there is strong evidence indicating the device has been used by many ancient cultures and civilizations. Ancient Middle East The word parasol was synonymous with umbrella during its early history. Archaeologists have discovered bas relief in Nineveh showing he parasol. It is held by a servant over the head of the king to protect him from the sun’s heat. Except for the connecting curtain, it looks a lot like the modern day umbrella. The Persians also employed the umbrella. Several sculptures have been unearthed showing attendants holding an umbrella over the king. The history of the umbrella goes back as far as ancient Egypt. The umbrella there assumed the form of a flagellum. This was a fan made up of palm leaves fastened on a long stick. Ancient Greece and Rome In 5th century Greece, the umbrella was frequently used by women. It wasn’t just used to shield them from heat; it was also a fashion accessory. Aristophanes notes that the umbrella (called skiadeion) could be opened and closed. Male Greeks rarely used the umbrella as it was seen as a female fashion accessory. It also had some religious significance as it was utilized in Dionysian rites. Roman writers like Ovid made frequent mention of the parasol. Even at this stage in the history of the umbrella, it was still used mainly by women. However it was employed mostly for fashion rather than protection from rain or heat. The Umbrella in Asia The umbrella was widely used in ancient China. There is evidence that umbrellas was had existed by 21 AD. The Chinese historians and writers at the time stated it was used...
Who Invented Cheerios?

Who Invented Cheerios?

Cheerios refers to a famous brand name or trademark of breakfast cereal available in the commercial market. In the United States, the brand name is produced as well as marketed by General Mills. However, in some countries like Great Britain, it is offered under the Nestle trademark of Cereal Partners. In order to promote the product, several advertisements were introduced by Cereal Partners and General Mills in the past decades. Some of the popular advertisements for the cereal are The Cheerios Kid in the mid 1950s, Just Cheeri-yodel in the 1970s and The Peanuts Gang in the 1980s. To know more about this merchandise, it is best to identify the person behind the creation of Cheerios. History of the Product Who invented Cheerios? General Mills employee Lester Borchadt has the credit for the creation of the breakfast cereal. The product was created in 1941 and it was introduced to the public as Cheeri Oats. General Mills received complaints from another firm that used the same brand name. To resolve the issue, the company decided to change the name of the merchandise to Cheerios in 1945. At the time that the merchandise was offered to the public, many consumers became interested with the product because it is the original ready-to-eat oat breakfast. Cheerios was first offered to the consumers at Golden Valley in Minnesota. To improve the sales from the product, the firm introduced a mascot of a cartoon character named Cheeri O’Leary. Additional Information and Other Important Details The product became an instant hit when it was released in the international market. In Ireland and England, Cheerios has four oat colors as well as five grains, namely rice, wheat, barley, oat and maize. To improve the sales of General...
Who Invented the Iron?

Who Invented the Iron?

If there was no one who invented the iron, you could probably imagine how everyone’s clothes would look like after being washed and hanged on the clothesline to dry before using. Most probably, it would look really horrid with all its wrinkles and creases. That is why much gratitude should be extended to the person who invented the iron even though you may probably think that it was designed more as a simpler model than the ones on the market today. To Answer the Needs of Many Housewives Before the emergence of the iron in stores everywhere, many housewives in the early years had a hard time making their clothes look presentable and wrinkle-free. The early procedures included hand pressing, using steam or heat, or rolling procedures just to get things right. Those were the normal situations of the past – that may have seem a bit chaotic in many households – before a New Yorker named Henry W. Seely invented and patented the electric pressing iron on the 6th of June in the year 1882. This invention was named as the “electric flatiron.” Learning More about the Inventor Born in Richville, Kentucky, in July 2, 1854, Henry W. Seely had really gone a long way. Aside from inventions such as creating the first iron device, this inventor also had witnessed a number of patents. If you would do a research, you would see Seely’s name in more than a hundred patents for certain inventions in history. This includes the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison. The Early Usage of the First Model Unlike most of the current models, the first few irons that were manufactured years ago were known to use carbon arc. This was used...
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