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Can You Guess Which Product Was Invented First?

Think twice before answering these questions, you might be surprised by some of the responses.

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Can you guess which product was invented first?

You know or use almost all of these products today, but can you guess the earlier invention? Click on to test your knowledge. Don’t worry, the weird inventions of 2019 aren’t included.

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Which came first?

A. Cellphones

B. GPS

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Cellphones

In 1973, Motorola researcher Martin Cooper made the first-ever mobile cellphone call using his prototype. The first GPS satellite, on the other hand, launched in 1978. GPS is one of the inventions predicted by movies and books.

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Which came first?

A. The piano

B. The guitar

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The guitar

The earliest version of the guitar dates back to 16th century Spain, per the Encyclopedia. The piano is a slightly more recent invention since it dates back to around 1700. Obviously both of these inventions are wildly successful and used together to make music today, unlike these hilarious inventions that failed spectacularly.

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Which came first?

A. Sudoku

B. Crossword puzzles

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Crossword puzzles

The first published crossword puzzle appeared in the New York World in 1913, created by journalist Arthur Wynne. Howard Garns, a puzzle inventor, published the first modern game of sudoku in 1979. If you like quizzes, games, and puzzles, you’ll love these brain games guaranteed to boost your brainpower.

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Which came first?

A. Vaccines

B. Batteries

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Vaccines

In 1796, Edward Jenner used cowpox material to create a vaccine for smallpox. The battery, originally an “artificial electric organ,” was invented a little later by Alessandro Volta in 1800. Vaccines and batteries are so important, in different ways, today. Others are less important, and some inventors even regret their inventions.

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Which came first?

A. Microphones

B. Dishwashers

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Microphones

Shortly after the invention of the telephone, Emile Berliner created a transmitter amplifying the noise and thus creating the first microphone in 1876. And Josephine Garis Cochran submitted her patent for the dishwasher 10 years later. Some people might say there’s a lot more you can do with a dishwasher than a microphone.

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Which came first?

A. Contact lenses

B. The escalator

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Contact lenses

F.A. Mueller invented eye contacts or “scleral lenses” made entirely of glass in 1887. Almost four years later, Jesse Reno invented the first escalator model at Coney Island. Inventors spend lots of time developing new products, but some are lucky with accidental inventions.

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Which came first?

A. Matches

B. Lighters

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Lighters

In 1823, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner invented the first lighter. Chemist John Walker wasn’t far behind with his invention of the friction match in 1826. Of course, matches and lighters are necessary creations. Still, these new inventions that changed the world in the last decade are important, too.

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Which came first?

A. Ballpoint pens

B. Zippers

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Ballpoint pens

The zipper came three years after John J. Loud’s ballpoint pen invention. It’s great that these inventions exist, but they pale in comparison to the coolest inventions from NASA.

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Which came first?

A. Toothpaste

B. Toothbrushes

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Toothpaste

Yes, before toothbrushes, ancient Egyptians used paste to clean their teeth around 5000 B.C. Toothbrushing tools, however, date back to 3500-3000 B.C, according to Colgate. Women are responsible for creating many cleaning inventions, like the windshield wiper, along with these things you didn’t know women invented.

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Which came first?

A. Pepsi

B. Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola dates back to 1886, and Pepsi dates back to 1893. If you pass this quiz, you might be able to guess the most famous inventions from every state.