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    BE-dazzler

    An item used to attach shiny beads to other objects in such a way as to make them dazzle.

    Once an extremely popular infomercial item.

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    Seeing where we (as a race) were before AC generator and after AC generator - there's no doubt that the energy generator we use now is our greatest invention so far.
    Everything else just ties in to it, even the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue. View Post
    there's no doubt that the energy generator we use now is our greatest invention so far.
    Or the worst? I mean, electricity and everything that is powered by it is nice and all, but every now and again I wonder if it's really all that.
    In my opinion the introduction of electricity also brought with a lot of loneliness to society that wouldn't have been there had it never been introduced.
    I'm not saying I'd want to live without electricity - I don't. But, there are two sides to the medal here.
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    Interesting point Scallio.
    I agree, I think these are the most isolated times the world has ever seen. We have progressed technologically at an unseen rate, and every manner of growth requires a sort of death first; perhaps it's just the pain of metamorphoses.

    Or the Amish are indeed the chosen few.

    I don't really know.
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    Language, hands down.
    A good argument could be made for Gutenberg's movable type, since it was the foundation of the Renaissance and Reformation, which launched the technological era, which has bloomed exponentially ever since. For 10,000 years before that, there was virtually no technology. History's most abrupt change was the Renaissance. The three hundred years following utterly transformed the world. The hundred years that followed that we even faster (from the combustion engine to rockets to the moon). And the last twenty years have doubled technology again. The next five years will do it again. It all started with movable type: books became abundant and cheap and anyone could learn to read.

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    My brain - without it you imaginary friends and fairytale people would have never come into existence.

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    The slinky, and Playdo

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    The Computer

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    The invention of wheel, Television,internet,Google... and Lip gloss and Mascara!

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    (some) women, best invention ever.

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    For the time being it's cell phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun
    We didn't go out there and find math.
    Paul Erdős would disagree. He was always finding math.

    But I'll say anything invented by Tesla. Tesla's awesomeness was passed on to his inventions.

    Quote Originally Posted by blz
    Seeing where we (as a race) were before AC generator and after AC generator - there's no doubt that the energy generator we use now is our greatest invention so far.
    That was him.

    Radio (pshhhh, Marconi wished), remote control, ROBOTS, induction motors, logic gates, fluorescent lights, resonant frequency devices and tesla coils, AC generation, ROBOTS, and those neato centrifugal pumps he could never get parts machined nicely enough to actually build and deal with the heat, airplanes that can take off vertically, ROBOTS, and other awesome things, like robots. Oh and an earthquake machine, but I guess that goes with resonant frequencie devices...
    Where would Philo Farnsworth and that Russian guy be without Tesla? So therefore, where would trash tv be without Tesla?

    I have it on good authority that his ghost came to Al Gore in a dream and said "invent the Internet!" I would so not be surprised. : )

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    The hammock.

    Cabin, woods, fire and a hammock. Boom - done.

    The worst invention? The knot I used last time

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    And Tesla looked EXACTLY like David Bowie!
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    I don't think Tesla had a black eye and a blue eye though.

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    Did so...I saw The Prestige...I know.
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    reads Wikipedia...

    Ahahahahah... looks like he did.

    I read that Edison's henchmen drive the monster out of the castle with pitchforks and torches... you do realise in real life it was the townsfolk of Telluride right? Nobody wants a mad scientist in the mountains behind them... you know, NIMBY.

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    Maybe lasagne
    or computers

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    Off Topic:

    I did not know that Poes.
    It makes total sense though. I just insert mindless thugs here.
    Did YOU know that measurable individual IQs decrease as people gather in groups?

    To quote Dr. House - "People don't bug me until about the time they grow teeth!"
    or self-righteousness leading to pitchforks and torches.
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    I invented a time machine in 2016; that was pretty much the greatest invention of all time, but I forgot to make a way to go back to the future. Sorry I can't prove it to yall
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    Internet and then the aeroplane is in my mind.

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    this forum ....
    I believe we can't compare different invention and rank them on any random basis,
    if we have to rank them here,
    I believe Electricity is the greatest invention... but there are other technologies and medicals things to which I equally rank.

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    I think telephone and computer are the greatest inventions of all time.

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    too many posts and not enough time to read through every post in this thread, so my apologies if this has already been suggested.

    The wheel.

    most other technologies/inventions since the wheel involve the use of wheels either directly or indirectly.

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    Psh, Mayan's din't need no stinkin' wheels... : )

    Yeah, wheel's up there with, at least, Most Important. Lots of people said "teh interwebs" but I'm not really sure I could say that's yet reached More Important or even As Important as wheels.


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