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Super Soakers, and Other Amazing Inventions

Super Soakers, and Other Amazing Inventions

Last week, in honor of Black History Month here in the U.S. of A., Super Spark Writer Kat posted about George Washington Carver, a.k.a Mr. Peanut. If it weren't for him, your Chick-fil-a waffle fries would be cooked in partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Ewwwwww. But Carver's not the only African-American to rock the U.S. Patent Office. It's time for a BHM test: which of the following cool inventions are registered to black Americans?

1. a bag fastener
2. an elephant saddle
3. the yo-yo
4. an umbrella stand
5. a shampoo headrest
6. the magnifying book mark
7. a golf tee
8. a time machine
9. a move ticket dispensing machine
10. a pencil sharpener
11. a velocipede
12. a centipede
13. a hammock stretcher
14. the Speedo
15. a lawn sprinkler
16. a lemon squeezer
17. the Wizzzer
18. a pillow sham holder
19. the foot rest on a La-Z-Boy
20. the mop
21. placemats
22. a piano truck
23. Febreze
24. a curtain rod
25. a casket-lowering device
26. a back scratcher
27. Dan Bergstein
28. the iron toggle harpoon
29. a dinner pail
30. the Polaroid
31. a pancake-flipping apparatus
32. the Super Soaker
33. the gong and signal chair for hotels
34. TV rabbit ears
35. a tissue dispenser for telephone booths
36. scented markers
37. a coffee grinder
38. an egg beater
39. the predecessor of the sofabed
40. a distributed pulse-forming network for magnetic modulators

Answers:

Invented by black Americans: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 32, 33, 35, 38, 39, 40

Not invented by black Americans: 2, 3, 6, 8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 34, 36, 37

Topics: Life
Tags: black history month, mr. peanut, velocipede

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