25 Inventors We Should Be Thankful For On A Daily Basis

Most people know that Edison invented the light bulb and that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but what about other little modern luxuries we enjoy every day? Many of the objects we take for granted are the result of hours upon hours of work and failed attempts and experiments by dedicated tinkerers and inventors who thought the world really needed a THING, and then made it their life’s work to produce said thing (except for potato chips, those were pure serendipity).

So take a moment to sit back, look around, and appreciate that we live in a pretty amazing age (the age of both air conditioning and deodorant, for instance! What a time to be alive!), and ponder with gratitude this list of 25 Inventors We Should Be Thankful For On A Daily Basis.


Benjamin Franklin invented the urinary catheter, the odometer, swim fins, and political cartoons, among other things. Most of us who drive cars or wear fitbits literally look at the modern descendants of his inventions daily, and while a urinary catheter isn't glamorous or fun, it's a vital part of modern healthcare.

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John Logie Baird was one of the inventors credited with the working mechanical television and demonstrated the first working set in 1926. He invented the color television picture tube and made the first color television broadcast in 1938. If you're reading this on a color screen, it's because of that guy.

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In December of 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered, sustained and controlled (non gliding) flights in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They would go on to build a more practical airplane close to what we have now two years later.

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Alva J Fisher invented a drum style washing machine called "Thor" in 1907, and it was the first electric washer sold in the United States. He worked for the Hurley Washing Machine Co. in Chicago. Before that, washing machines were hand cranked.

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in 1929, a brilliant Italian man by the name of Attilio Calimani registered the first patent for the French Press coffee maker. Known throughout the world by various names, the french press is one of the most foolproof and portable coffee pot designs. No extra filter, no programming, no watching to make sure it doesn't boil. Grounds + almost boiling water, wait 4 minutes, press.

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