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Who invented the BALLPOINT PEN?

Biro Brothers
Waterman Brothers
Bicc Brothers
Write Brothers
In which decade was the first solid state integrated circuit demonstrated?

1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
What J. B. Dunlop invented?

Pneumatic rubber tire
Automobile wheel rim
Rubber boot
Model airplanes
Which scientist discovered the radioactive element radium?

Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Marie Curie
When was barb wire patented?

1873
1840
1895
1900
What is the name of the CalTech seismologist who invented the scale used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes?

Charles Richter
Hiram Walker
Giuseppe Mercalli
Joshua Rumble
What Galileo invented?

Barometer
Pendulum clock
Microscope
Thermometer
This statesman, politican, scholar, inventor, and one of early presidents of USA invented the swivel chair, the spherical sundial, the moldboard plow, and the cipher wheel.

George Washington
Alexander Hamilton
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
What James Watt invented?

Diving bell
Steam boat
Hot air balloon
Rotary steam engine
Where is the village of Branston, after which the famous pickle is named?

Yorkshire
Lancashire
Staffordshire
Norfolk
Who invented Jet Engine?

Sir Frank Whittle
Gottlieb Daimler
Roger Bacon
Lewis E. Waterman
What invention caused many deaths while testing it?

Dynamite
Ladders
Race cars
Parachute
Who invented Gunpowder?

G. Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
Sir Frank Whittle
Roger Bacon
Leo H Baekeland
Until Victorian times, chocolate was thought of as a drink. When did the first chocolate bar appear?

1828
1831
1825
There is no sure date
In which decade was the telephone invented?

1850s
1860s
1870s
1880s
Who perfected GENETIC ENGINEERING?

Cohen & Boyer
Hunt & Davids
Sinclair & Roberts
Jaysson & Simons
What now-ubiquitous device was invented by Zenith engineer Eugene Polley in 1955?

Microwave oven
Remote control
VCR
Calculator
What Benjamin Franklin invented?

Bifocal spectacles
Radio
Barometer
Hygrometer
This part-time race car driver invented the bucket seat in 1969. Who was he??

Steve McQueen
Harrison Frazier
Paul Newman
John Wayne
What plaything was invented by Joe McVicker in 1956?

Silly Putty
Etch-A-Sketch
Lite-Brite
Play-Doh
Who was the first American female to patent her invention, a method of weaving straw with silk?

Marjorie Joyner
Margaret Knight
Amanda Jones
Mary Kies
Who invented Gramophone?

Michael Faraday
Fahrenheit
Sir Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Alva Edison
Who invented Internal Combustion Engine?

Roger Bacon
Karl Benz
Dr. Alan M. Turing
Otto
When was Monopoly created?

1940s
1930s
1920s
1950s
What furniture item was invented by California furniture designer Charles Prior Hall in 1968?

Sofa bed
Captain's chair
Waterbed
Hammock
The Manhattan Project was started by President Roosevelt in 1942 to ensure that the U.S. beat the Germans in developing a nuclear bomb. Whom did Roosevelt appoint as scientific head the Manhattan Project?

Robert Oppenheimer
James B. Conant
Leslie R. Groves
Vannevar Bush
When was the first lawn mower invented?

1830
1854
1835
1849
In which decade were the first successful diode and triode vacuum tubes invented?

1800s
1880s
1890s
1900s
Who is the English physicist responsible for the 'Big Bang Theory'?

Albert Einstein
Michael Skube
George Gamow
Roger Penrose
What 'game' was first produced by the Southern Novelty Company in Baltimore, Maryland in 1892?

Frisbee
Monopoly
Ouija board
Ping Pong
Who had an explosive idea and first patented DYNAMITE?

J. R. Gluber
A. Nobel
G. Fawks
W. Bickford
Who invented the Spinning Jenny?

Thornton Hargreaves
Peter Hargreaves
James Hargreaves
Simon Hargreaves
Which insurance salesman invented the fountain pen in 1884?

Lewis Edson Waterman
Sir William Grove
Charles Kettering
George Fountain
When was the first elevator built?

1743
1739
1760
1785
What charge card, developed in 1950, was the first to be accepted nationally in the US?

Visa
Discover
MasterCharge
Diner's Club
What Enrico Fermi invented?

X ray machine
Betatron
Cyclotron
Nuclear reactor
Which of the following was first patented by an Australian in 1889?

Electric Drill
Electric Shaver
Electric Fence
Electric Heater
Who among the following invented the small pox vaccine?

Robert Koch
Edward Jenner
Robert Hooke
Louis Pasteur
What George Westinghouse invented?

Light bulb
Electric razor
Refrigerator
Railway air brakes
Who is the only U.S. President to invent and patent something?

Abraham Lincoln
Theodore Roosevelt
Thomas Jefferson
Rutherford B. Hayes
What invention is credited to the Russian born American inventor Vladimir Kosma Zworykin?

Telegraph
Radio
Television
Dishwasher
Benjamin Franklin was a prolific inventor. He invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, studied electricity, discovered the Gulf Stream, started the first library, and on and on. Among his many other inventions, what musical instrument did he invent?

Banjo
Oboe
Clarinet
Harmonium
What Thomas Davenport invented?

Screw propellor
Electric streetcar
Chesterfield
Sleeping (railway) car
What Elisha Otis invented?

The brake used in modern elevators
Jet Engine
Turbine
Hydraulic Crane
Where was the yo-yo invented?

France
United States
Philippines
England
For what does the world owe Almon Strowger a debt of gratitude?

Parking Meters
Vending Machines
Automatic Telephone Exchanges
Traffic Lights
Who is often called the 'first African-American' inventor?

Bessie Blount
George Washington Carver
Benjamin Banneker
Elijah McCoy
The first hand glider was designed by...?

Leonardo DaVinci
The Wright brothers
Francis Rogallo
Galileo
In which decade was the telegraph invented?

1810s
1840s
1870s
1890s
What inspired reflecting road lights to be invented?

Car door reflecting mirrors
The light a cat's eyes gave off on a fence
Sun light on steel posts on road sides
The sun light on the windshield
When were blue jeans invented?

1900s
1860s
1870s
1850s
Who invented Electric Generator?

Sir Alexander Graham Bell
Michael Faraday
Alfred B. Nobel
Thomas Alva Edison
What device for new parents did Ann Moore invent in 1969?

Bottle warmer
Baby monitor
Disposable diaper
Infant carrier
In which decade was the transistor invented?

1940s
1950s
1960s
1980s
What Igor Sikorsky invented?

Hydroplane
Jet engine airplane
Helicopter
Glider
What Henry Bessemer invented?

Aluminum
Electroplating
Steel Converter
Steel rolling mill
What invention was first installed at a Hartford, Connecticut bank in 1889?

Automatic teller machine
Time-lock safe
Burglar alarm
Pay telephone
Ralph Samuelson was only 18 when he invented this sporting item in 1922. What was that?

Golf tee
Motorboat
Water skis
Hang glider
Who invented Bifocal Lens?

Alfred B. Nobel
Thomas Alva Edison
Benjamin Franklin
Rudolf Diesel
What Karl Benz invented?

Gasoline powered automobile
Streetcar
Glider
Steam turbine
When were bar code scanners invented?

1940s
1950s
1970s
1960s
When was the game Frisbee invented?

1920s
1900s
1870s
1890s
This English inventor is known as the 'Father of Computing.'

Philo Farnsworth
J. Presper Eckert
John Mauchly
Charles Babbage
Who invented Airship (rigid)?

Dr. Alan M. Turing
Roger Bacon
G. Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
Otto
What piece of clothing was invented by French fashion designer Louis Reard in 1946?

Zoot suit
Mini-skirt
Bikini
Tank top
In which year was MIDI introduced?

1987
1983
1973
1977
In which decade was the SPICE simulator introduced?

1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
Who invented the first controllable flying AEROPLANE (AIRPLANE)?

Wright Brothers
Lidenbergh Brothers
South Brothers
West Brothers
What groovy item was invented by Englishman Edward Craven Walker in 1963?

Leisure suit
Lava lamp
Eight-track tape deck
Hot comb
In which decade was the Internet first implemented?

1940s
1950s
1960s
1980s
What did cardiologist Dr. Paul Zoll invent in Massachusetts in 1952?

EKG
Artificial heart valve
Artificial heart
Pacemaker
What Elmer A. Sperry invented?

Hydroplane
Hydraulic turbine
Magnetic compass
Gyrocompass
For over 500 years, paper was only available and sold as single sheets. In 1902, an inventive Australian used half size sheets of paper, a bit of glue and cardboard to create the what?

Notepad
Calendar
Notice Board
Telephone Book
Who developed the idea of Crop Rotation?

Potato Peterson
Turnip Townsend
Cabbage Carlson
Swede Svenson
CORN FLAKES - Who made them first?

Nabisco
Kellogg
Quaker
Archers
William Frederick is credited with the invention of the modern frisbee in the mid 1950's. In 1957 the Wham-O Company bought his idea and the rest is history. They named the toy after William Frisbie who was a ________?

Pie maker
Owner of a pizza parlor
Student at Yale
Ceramic plate designer
Who came up with the idea for INSTANT MASHED POTATO?

S. Tuberosum
W. Raleigh
E. Asselbergs
K. Edwards
Who invented Dynamite?

Sir Alexander Graham Bell
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Alva Edison
Alfred B. Nobel
What toy did George Lerner create for Hasbro company in 1952?

Sit and Spin
Talking baby doll
Mr. Potato Head
Hula hoop
For whom high heeled shoes were invented?

Cleopatra
Queen Elizabeth I
King Louis the XIV
King Charles II
What African-American inventor received 5 patents in the field of shoemaking?

Elijah McCoy
Jan Ernst Matzeliger
Ernest Just
Lewis Latimer
It travels over land and water. Who invented the HOVERCRAFT?

S. Sperrow
O. Stricheg
T. Henman
C. Cockerell
In which decade was the AEEE (now the IEEE) founded?

1850s
1880s
1930s
1950s
What type of system did Paul Nipkow, John Baird, and Charles Jenkins all invent?

Telephone
Early Warning
Electricity
Television
What Sir Isaac Newton invented?

Reflecting telescope
Chronometer
Microscope
Spectacles
Who invented Bicycle?

Leo H Baekeland
Karl Benz
Evangelista Torricelli
Kirkpatrick Macmillan
In which decade with the first transatlantic radio broadcast occur?

1850s
1860s
1870s
1900s
In the 1700s, who would pay the postage fee for letters before the stamp was invented?

The sender
There was no fee
The receiver of the letter
The post office
Who synthesized the first wholly artificial gene?

Hargobind Khorana
J.J. Thompson
Benjamin Franklin
Meghnad Saha
FROZEN FOOD - Who discovered the first practical method of freezing food?

C. Birdseye
F. Rozenosh
G. Findus
R. Scott
When was the Raggedy Ann doll patented?

1915
1920
1919
1911
What Frank Whittle invented?

Radar
Ethyl gasoline
Sonar
Jet propulsion
When was the first Lionel trains manufactured?

1920
1890
1901
1944
What item, originally called the 'Whirlwind', was invented by Ives McGaffey in 1869?

Blender
Electric mixer
Washing machine
Vacuum cleaner
What office item was invented by Bette Nesmith Graham in 1951?

Fax machine
Stapler
Liquid Paper
Copy machine
What George Pullman invented?

Sleeping (railway) car
Airship
Box car (railway)
Air brakes
Who invented Bakelite?

Charles Goodyear
Leo Hendrik Baekeland
Roy Plunkett
Henry Ford
What toy was invented by Joshua Lionel Cowen around 1900?

Raggedy Ann doll
Yo-yo
Electric train
Tinkertoys
This African-American woman physical therapist worked with soldiers disabled in World War II. She invented a device that helped the disabled to eat by delivering food through a tube to a mouthpiece.

Bessie Blount
Marjorie Joyner
Mae Jamison
Beulah Henry
What invention by Garnet Carter made its debut at the Fairyland Inn Resort in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in 1927?

Miniature golf
Swimming pool slide
Ski lift
Golf cart
Who invented the phonograph?

Thomas Edison
John Kruesi
Jules Levy
Alexander Graham Bell
What beverage was invented by Charles Alderton in 1885 in Waco, Texas?

Cream soda
Coca-Cola
Dr. Pepper
Sprite
Who invented fuel cells in 1839?

Buckminster Fuller
Sir William Grove
Sylvester Graham
Joyce Hall
The ELECTRIC BATTERY, who's charged with inventing this one?

Hertz
Amper
Galvani
Volta
In which decade was the ARRL founded?

1940s
1930s
1920s
1910s
Who invented the Seed Drill?

Jethro Tull
Arlo Guthrie
Woodie Guthrie
Thomas Hines
What drink was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg in 1929?

7-Up
Yoo-Hoo
Pepsi
Hawaiian Punch
For what is Charles Babbage (1792-1871) remembered?

Computers
Telescopes
Radio-Telegraphy
Steam Boating
Who invented Automobiles using gasoline?

Leo H Baekeland
Karl Benz
Evangelista Torricelli
Kirkpatrick Macmillan
Who invented the battery?

John Wilkinson
Alessandro Volta
James Hargreaves
Thomas Edison
Where were wigs first invented?

Japan
France
Egypt
China
Who was the first person to patent the JET ENGINE?

F. Whittle
C. Lindbergh
W. Histell
B. Owings
The initials JCB on earth-moving equipment are those of the founder of the company that makes it. What is his name?

John Christopher Ballantyne
Joseph Cyril Bamford
John Christopher Baxter
Jack Croxford Baker
What treat was invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905?

Popsicle
Banana split
Cotton candy
Cracker Jacks
When was Milk Tray first introduced?

1915
1934
1923
1942
When was the toothbrush invented?

1770
1765
1790
1742
What item of apparel was invented by Ellery Chun, a Hawaiian clothing merchant, in 1931?

String bikini
Muumuu
Aloha shirt
Capri pants
Who invented Fountain Pen?

John J. Loud
Sir Frank Whittle
Lewis E. Waterman
Kirkpatrick Macmillan