Which Country Is Responsible for These Great Inventions?
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
About This Quiz
Can you figure out these questions and invent some solutions?
Ever wonder where the microwave oven came from? Do you know where the motorcycle was invented? In today's modern society we take so many of the everyday things that we interact with on a day to day basis for granted. From things in our bathrooms, like toilets and shampoo, to the glasses that we wear and the paper that we write on; so many things that seem simple or mundane now were instrumental achievements when they were first conceived.
One of the most interesting things about the various notable inventions throughout history is the fact that they were not just concentrated in one location. Instead, the great inventions and breakthroughs throughout history were spread out all across the world. This quiz takes a look at 40 important inventions -- some of them very iconic, while others are not quite as well known. This gives this inventions quiz a reasonable level of difficulty that with put your knowledge of the world to the test. So, are you ready to invent and patent a few answers for this quiz? Then grab your wrench and screwdriver and start to tinker away at these 40 challenging questions!
The first successful airplane was invented in the United States of America. The Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur) are credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane.
Sherry was created in Spain. Sherry is notable for the fact that it has what is known as “protected designation of origin status.” This means that all wine labeled as "Sherry" must legally come from the Sherry Triangle in Spain.
The laptop was first conceived in Japan. Although several portable computer prototypes had been attempted earlier, the first successful laptop-sized computer was the Epson HX-20 that was introduced by the Seiko Epson Corporation.
Radio was formally established in Italy. While there were many brilliant minds working on the subject of radio transmission (both practically and theoretically), Italian inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi is credited as the inventor of the radio.
The flush toilet was first developed and introduced in India. Ancient civilization in the Indus Valley from as far back as approximately 2000 BC have been found to have utilized flush toilets and substantial sewage systems in some significant capacity.
The hive frame was first conceived and implemented in Ukraine. Petro Prokopovych, the inventor of the hive frame, is oftentimes also referred to as the founder of commercial beekeeping and he is notable for having owned almost 600 beehives.
Gunpowder was invented and first utilized in China. Although there is some debate around the exact origins of gunpowder, some texts state that Chinese alchemists discovered gunpowder accidentally while trying to create elixir of life.
The postage stamp was first created and used in the United Kingdom. While there were previously many other ways that people could indicate that postage had been paid, English merchant William Dockwra developed the first postage stamp in 1680.
The postal code was first introduced in Ukraine (at that time the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic). This system was introduced in 1932 but was abandoned shortly after in 1939. However, other countries, like Germany, Argentina, and the United States, followed with similar systems in the following years.
Chess was invented and subsequently developed in Eastern India. Chess is estimated to have been invented somewhere between 200 AD and 550 AD, and it was linked to the four divisions of the Indian military: infantry (pawn), cavalry (knight), elephants (bishop), and chariotry (rook).
The adding machine was invented in France. Blaise Pascal, an accomplished French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and writer, is credited with the invention of the adding machine in 1642. However, French inventor and entrepreneur Charles Xavier Thomas introduced the first commercially successful mechanical calculator.
The boomerang was invented in Australia thousands of years ago. The boomerang is a hunting and recreational tool that is thought to be tens of thousands of years old, with the oldest recovered one dating to around 10,000 BC.
The queen excluder was developed and created Ukraine. Petro Prokopovych invented the first queen excluder along with the first hive frame. However, the use of queen excluders is still heavily debated (as it relates to hive efficiency) to this day.
Glasses were initially conceived and invented in Italy. The exact date of the invention of glasses is debatable but it is approximately 1290 AD and by 1301, there were already guild regulations in Venice governing the sale of eyeglasses.