Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Little Feminine Ingenuity...

What would the world be like without a bit o' feminine ingenguity? Well, here's a review* --- if it weren't for these ladies, our near and dear "modern conveniences" might be all but figments of imagination:
  • In 1812, Tabitha Babbit invented the circular saw
  • Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher in 1872
  • In 1917 Ida Forbes invented the electric hot water heater
  • El Dorado Jones invented the engine muffler in 1917
  • In 1971 Enra Hoover invented the feedback control for data processing
  • Anne Connelly was the brain behind the 1887 invention of the fire escape
  • Ellen Fritz created the globe in 1875
  • In 1966 Stephanie Kwolek introduced Kevlar, a steel-like fiber used in radial tires, crash helmets, and bulletproof vests
  • Maria Beaseley invented the life raft in 1882
  • Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper correction fluid in 1956
  • In 1914 Florence Parpart introduced the refrigerator to American families
  • Margaret Knight invented the rotary engine in 1904
  • The street cleaning machine was invented by Florence Parpart in 1900
  • Suspenders were introduced to the world by Laura Cooney in 1896
  • Margaret Colvin invented the first washing machine in 1871
  • Windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson in 1903
  • And the zigzag sewing machine was introduced by Helen Blanchard in 1873

Aren't you thankful God made women? Men, too, but for this particular post, I'm sure glad I'm of the female persuasion... :o)

*Facts provided by www.FactMonster.com -- I vouch for their accuracy only as far as they were collected by FM and validated by their methods. If something's not ringing true, let me know and I'll edit it

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