Famous Inventors

Famous Inventors

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Which of the following people invented the incredibly useful Velcro?

Joseph Niepce of France
Johann Schwieger of Germany
Ts'ai Lun of China
Georges de Mestral of Switzerland
I don't know

Which of the following did Galileo invent?

The hot air balloon
The telescope
The thermometer
The magnifying glass
I don't know

Which of the following did Benjamin Franklin NOT invent?

The catheter
The lightning rod
I don't know

In what year did the Dutchman Cornelius Drebbel invent the first submarine?

I don't know

What was the name of the first powered airplane that took to the skies (by the Wright brothers), and when did it fly?

The Kitty Hawk I, in 1898
The Wright Flyer I, in 1903
The Flying Eagle I, in 1903
The Icarus I, in 1910
I don't know

Where did the Frisbee get its name?

From a cartoon character in the 40's
From a professor at Yale, where the Frisbee phenomena began
From the inventor, a German man
From a pie maker near Yale, where students would use his pie plates as flying discs
I don't know

Who was the only U.S. president to receive a patent for an invention (although it was never used), and what was the invention?

George Washington, for wooden false teeth
Ronald Reagan, for a hair-clipping device
Abraham Lincoln, for a device preventing ships from getting stuck
Richard Nixon, for a military tracking device
I don't know

Which Hollywood actor held a patent for a bucket seat?

Steve McQueen
Rock Hudson
Marilyn Monroe
James Dean
I don't know

Where does the expression "the real McCoy" come from?

Billy McCoy, a Canadian who invented a shotgun
Jeffrey McCoy, an Irishman who invented a fishing float
Elijah McCoy, an African Canadian/American who invented a train-oiling device
Franklin McCoy, a British man who invented a mapping device
I don't know

What did Countess Dubarry, Mistress of King Louis XV, invent?

The fish bowl
The corset
Disposable tissue
The feather duster
I don't know
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