Cities fight over bread bragging rights.Yasu+Junko
For years, Battle Creek, Michigan, purportedly claimed to be the “Home of Sliced Bread.” Until 2003, that is, when a journalist discovered the truth: In 1928, right after Otto Rohwedder invented the bread slicer, a newspaper ad heralded the arrival of the first pre-sliced loaf—in Chillicothe, Missouri.
Our inventions are low in pretty, high in practical.Yasu+Junko
Until the late 19th century, people used a variety of unpleasant items to clean up in the loo, including leaves and corncobs. Then, in the late 1880s, New York inventor Seth Wheeler wrapped narrow perforated strips of paper around cardboard tubes. And a happy ending has been had by all!
Some comedians still work clean.NBC/Getty Images
“I called a discount exterminator. A guy came by with a rolled-up magazine.”—Will Shriner
“I spilled spot remover on my dog, and now he’s gone.”—Steven Wright
“I constantly walk into a room, and I don’t remember why. But for some reason, I think there’s going to be a clue in the fridge. “—Caroline Rhea
“I was the best man at the wedding. If I’m the best man, why is she marrying him?”—Jerry Seinfeld