25 Inventions From Countries You’d Never Expect

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.

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Buttons (Pakistan)

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Ok, since we gave India the “0” we’re going to give Pakistan the button. Yes, we know it wasn’t a country until 1947 but the Indus Valley Civilization was there long before the concept of countries even existed. And they invented buttons. Beat that.


Tranquilizer Gun (New Zealand)

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New Zealander Colin Murdoch invented the modern tranquilizer gun in the 1950s.

Disclaimer: we’re not talking about blow darts or ancient indigenous tranquilization techniques…we’re talking about a gun…that tranquilizes


Submarines (Ireland)

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Irish engineer John Philip Holland built the first submarine to be commissioned by the US Navy and the Royal Navy. He is widely considered the father of modern submarine designs.


Ugg boots (Australia)

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There are two types of uggs in the world. There is the original, generic term used in Australia for sheepskin boots and then there is UGG, manufactured by Deckers Brands and sold to sorority girls all over the world. Credit goes to Australia.


Glasses (Italy)

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All the way from Emperor Nero of Rome to the mid 1200s when they began to resemble modern eyewear, glasses have been a proud invention of Italy/Rome.

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