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Old 10-28-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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You mean, like, radio and automobile and antibiotics and transistors? Which would come in somewhere near the top on the list of inventions that are any good and had a significant impact on progression toward our present way of life.

The Italian Innocenzo Manzetti built a working telephone 32 years before Belll patented his device, and Bell would have certainly known about it and how it worked.
An Italian invented radio and the Germans (Benz)invented the automobile and Alexander Fleming (British) discovered anti biotics!
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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You don't seem to want to accept the fact you're dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who's the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Win by attrition. Well Rambo was the best!
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:47 PM
 
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Top 25 Best American Inventions (not in order)...

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By far the most important. How did we live without Political Correctness, a purely American form of oppression that other countries don't even borrow from us.

As for your other 24, there are at least 15, maybe 20 on the list that life was a lot better without.

Many of those on your list are wrong. I'm not going to check all of them, but Sunglasses, for example, were invented in China in the 12-th century. Writings from China survive from the 6th century describing the use of toilet paper. At least a dozen inventors outside the USA demonstrated and even patented incandescent light bulbs before Edison was even born. Automatic transmission was invented by a Canadian, and patented in Canada 4 years before the Usa. The assembly line was in common and extensive use in Britain a century before Ford, and was used in China in the second centiury CE.

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As I see it's Dollar ! Somebody says that this invention might break down soon, but today green is lovely everywhere .
Even the Dollar is not an American invention. The first "thaler" was struck in Bohemia (now Czech Republic) in 1520, its use spread through Europe with spelling and pronunciation changing according to local language, including the Netherlands, and it circulated in New Amsterdam (now New York), and its equivalent was adopted by the USA as the national currency when the colonial Sterling was abolished.

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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By far the most important. How did we live without Political Correctness, a purely American form of oppression that other countries don't even borrow from us.

As for your other 24, there are at least 15, maybe 20 on the list that life was a lot better without.

Many of those on your list are wrong. I'm not going to check all of them, but Sunglasses, for example, were invented in China in the 12-th century. Writings from China survive from the 6th century describing the use of toilet paper. At least a dozen inventors outside the USA demonstrated and even patented incandescent light bulbs before Edison was even born. Automatic transmission was invented by a Canadian, and patented in Canada 4 years before the Usa. The assembly line was in common and extensive use in Britain a century before Ford, and was used in China in the second centiury CE.



Even the Dollar is not an American invention. The first "thaler" was struck in Bohemia (now Czech Republic) in 1520, its use spread through Europe with spelling and pronunciation changing according to local language, including the Netherlands, and it circulated in New Amsterdam (now New York), and its equivalent was adopted by the USA as the national currency when the colonial Sterling was abolished.
Well, the types of glasses they used in ancient china are NOTHING like the sunglasses used today. I assume you're talking about the stone ones with the tiny slits over the eyes. I really wouldn't count them as sunglasses I don't think they even used them to protect their eyes from the sun. Most people already know that there were a few lightbulb-like inventions before Edison, but none of them really worked. Edison's was the first that worked and could be mass produced. Of course people wiped with straw and other uncomfortable things in ancient times, but the mass produced and rolled toilet tissue that made wiping not terrible came from the U.S. There were a few transmissions prior to the one you're talking about. Though that might've been the first 'true' automatic transmission. I don't know a lot about the subject. The American dollar is the U.S. currency. Of course currency was around before the U.S. was even founded, but you shouldn't discount the American dollar as a U.S. invention.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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