From toilet paper to speedometers, there are lots of things you use every day but probably have no idea where they came from. These are 25 inventions from countries you’d never expect.
Yes, we’re talking about the number 0. Although it existed in ancient Egypt as a symbol or placeholder, it wasn’t used in calculations until the Indians got a hold of it.
World Wide Web (UK, Belgium, Switzerland)
While the internet was the result of research done by the US government (ARPANET) in the 1960s, the world wide web (what you are using right now) was actually invented by British and Belgian scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Invented in 1948 by Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral, its name is a portmanteau of the French words “velours” (velvet), and “crochet” (hook).
Next time you enjoy your favorite movie on an unnecessarily large screen you can thank the Canadian company IMAX Corporation.
Military Bands (Turkey)
While this probably doesn’t impact your life too much, Ottoman military bands from the 13th century are thought to be the source of this tradition.