Who Invented the Skyscraper?

Who Invented the Skyscraper?...

Defined as a super tall building that is continuously habitable, a skyscraper is a fascinating invention. The Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan are just some of the most impressive skyscrapers ever created. Today, these buildings serve as practical solutions to the increasing scarcity of land worldwide. Aside from these things, it is also good to know the history of these tall buildings including who invented the skyscraper. The Invention of the Skyscraper Who invented the skyscraper? After he created the first ever load-bearing structural frame for the Home Insurance Building within the City of Chicago in Illinois in 1885, it is but right to credit architect William Le Baron Jenney as the Father of American skyscrapers. The ten-storey building was the very first skyscraper in the world. In 1891, American architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler designed the Wainwright Building in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was also a ten-storey building. However, many people considered it the first true skyscraper rather than the Home Insurance Building because it was constructed with steel frames. Furthermore, it featured vertical bands, which helped emphasized the building’s height even more. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information After the early skyscrapers were created, fire restrictions and height limits were introduced. In 1895, the American Surety Building was completed in New York. It was the tallest building during that time. In 1930, the Chrysler Building was completed in New York City. In 1931, the Empire State Building, which was comprised of 102 floors, was completed. In 1932, the Boerentoren was constructed in Antwerp, Belgium. It was made up of 26 floors. In 1940, the Torre Piacentini was completed with 31 floors within the...
Who Invented the Toothbrush?

Who Invented the Toothbrush?...

It is said that the greatest of inventions are those that are brimming with simplicity but still prove to be tools full of utility. If this is really the case, then the humble toothbrush can be regarded as one of the greatest inventions of all time, with its minimum complexity (or outright lack of it) and its indispensability in our modern way of life. The toothbrush has become one of the most essential tools of our modern, civilized, way of living. So much importance is given to oral hygiene today that most people are not aware that there was a time when the toothbrush was still just a figment in the imagination of the man who invented it. Before the toothbrush was invented, people around the world used different methods maintaining proper oral hygiene. Plant stalks, twigs from trees, feathers and quills from different animals are just examples of what can be regarded as the prototypes of the toothbrush. Civilizations such as those from India and Arabia primarily used plant parts to clean their teeth. The ancient book Ayurveda instructed its readers to utilize some parts of one tree indigenous to India to take care of their teeth. Likewise, Muslims also used the twigs of a native tree that has inherent antiseptic properties to fight tooth decay and cavities. Immediately before the toothbrush was invented, most people took care of their oral hygiene by using a cloth to wipe their teeth. The cloth is commonly used in tandem with soot and salt so as to add some antibacterial properties to the process. It is during this time when the modern toothbrush was invented due to one man’s discontent with the way people’s teeth are taken care. So who invented...
Who Invented the Whoopee Cushion?

Who Invented the Whoopee Cushion?...

Having fun is very easy especially when there are many practical joke devices available such as the whoopee cushion. Also called Razzberry Cushion and poo-poo cushion, this item creates a funny noise that resembles human flatulence or raspberry. You can easily bring this device to any party or special gathering. For sure, you can easily learn the admiration and garner plenty of smiles from other guests with the help of this simple yet very funny device. Aside from these interesting details, it is also good to know something about its history including who invented the whoopee cushion. The Invention of the Whoopee Cushion Who invented the whoopee cushion? Based on historical records, the employees of JEM Rubber Co. invented the device in 1930. Based within the City of Toronto in Ontario, the company’s employees experimented on scrap rubber sheets. After that, the company owner went to the practical jokes inventor named Samuel Adams and asked him about the product. He owned the S. S. Adams Co., a manufacturer of different kinds of novelty products such as the Joy Buzzer. After the initial idea of a whoopee cushion was presented to Adams, he received it negatively. According to him, the idea was too vulgar and that it would not sell. Instead of giving up, JEM Rubber Co. presented the concept to another novelty product manufacturer Johnson Smith Co. It became an instant hit. Because of its success, S. S. Adams Co. copied that idea and created its very own version called the Razzberry Cushion. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information The whoopee cushion is a practical joke device made up of two rubber sheets glued together along the edges. Part of it is a small opening located at one end...
Who Invented the iPod?

Who Invented the iPod?

Ipod is one of the most popular product lines of portable media players introduced by Apple Inc. on October 23rd in 2001. Some of the models included in the product line are the Classic, Touch, Shuffle as well as the Nano. This media player has the capacity to store, play and organize audio as well as video files. Additionally, it can play different audio formats such as Protected AAC, MP3 and WAV. The items in the product line have various hardware like microcontroller, audio chip, storage medium and batteries. To learn more about this media player, it is best to start with identifying the people behind the development of the merchandise. History Who invented the Ipod? The product line was developed by the members of a special team assigned by Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs. The team was consisted of hardware engineering senior vice president Jon Rubistein, design senior vice president Jonathan Ive, engineer Tony Fadell, engineer Michael Dhuey as well as Steve Jobs. The name of the product line was invented by freelance copywriter Vinnie Chieco. The company also acknowledged British inventor Kane Kramer in the development of the idea for the creation of Ipod. Additional Information and Other Important Details Some models of iPod can store photos with any of these media formats, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP. Other products in the line can store and play files with the MPEG-4 format. The media players included in the line are compatible with Microsoft Windows as well as MAC OS. The products can also be connected to a personal computer or laptop. Consumers can also transfer files from laptops or computers to the media players and vice versa. To make the products more attractive and easy to use,...
Who Invented Pancakes?

Who Invented Pancakes?

No individual can take credit for inventing the pancake. Just as there are different versions today, the history of pancakes indicate that it emerged in different forms in many countries. The Earliest Pancakes The Romans called it Alita Docia (Latin for “another sweet”). The ingredients consisted of milk, eggs and flour. These were mixed and fried. Some versions contained honey and fruit bits. Some of these contained cheese and meat, resembling omelets rather than pancakes. During the Medieval Age, the cake began to resemble the modern variety. Ingredients like cornmeal, buckwheat and potatoes started to be used. These cakes were made using bake stones and some hearths. Eventually many variants appeared with the ingredients used based on local culture and taste. The cakes also became associated with certain occasions. Its popularity was such that Shakespeare mentioned it no less than four times in two of his plays (All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It). Early in the history of pancakes it was linked to Shrove Tuesday, the day prior to the Christian Lent. During Lent, the church forbade eating eggs and fats. This custom started early in the Medieval Age and has persisted to this day. It has become a symbol of hope and renewal. Pancakes in America There are indications that even the Native Americans had their own version of it. It was called nokehick (translated as “no cake”). During the early history of pancakes in America, the nokehick and other cakes were called Indian cakes. During the 1700s, the Dutch popularized the buckwheat cake. In the mid 1750s, the hoe cake became popular. It was so called because it was cooked via flat hoe blades. Today, pancakes are also called hotcakes or flapjacks. The...
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