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Chutz
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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Inventions...what one is at the top of your list??? The refrigerator? Cell phones? The wheel?? Or maybe sliced bread!!...lol idea

What invention has made your life easier or that you feel is really important or cool? Then look up something on it and share. For me it's the sewing machine. I was a bit shocked when I looked it up. From about.com I will quote the first part then paraphrase the remainder...

"The first functional sewing machine was invented by the French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier's machine used only one thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared unemployment as a result of his new invention."

Wow, great folks, eh? But from there on it didn't improve. Most notable among Mr. Hunt, Elias Howe and Mr. Singer patent wars broke out! Each would sue the guy after them who stole part of their ideas they had patented and they all won. It was a real joke and this was in the mid 1800's.

Here are a few other stray facts of interest...

Elias Howe died in 1867, the year his patent expired.

Other Historical Moments in the History of the Sewing Machine
On June 2, 1857, James Gibbs patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.

Zig-zag Stitch Machine
Helen Augusta Blanchard of Portland, Maine (1840-1922) patented the first zig-zag stitch machine in 1873. The zig-zag stitch better seals the edges of a seam, making a garment sturdier. Helen Blanchard also patented 28 other inventions including a hat-sewing machine, surgical needles, and other improvements to sewing machines.

Electricity
The first mechanical sewing machines were used in garment factory production lines. It was not until 1889 that a sewing machine for use in the home was designed and marketed. By 1905, the electrically-powered sewing machine was in wide use.

What invention do you find interesting?
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skeye
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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmmm, this is a tough one. There are so many things that I rely on every day...
I think I'd have to say electricity, because without electricity we wouldn't have heat, light, appliances and so many other things that make our lives so comfortable. Sometimes I think it would be fun to live in the 1700/1800's, but then I start thinking about how hard life was back then & I become very thankful for my amenities.

Skeye

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/8/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
For me the refrigerator is the best invention, gotta have my Ice Cream from time to time!

The first refrigerators used from mid 1800's to 1929 used toxic gases such as
Ammonia NH3, Methyl Chloride CH3C1 and Sulfur Dioxide SO2 from which there
were a lot of accidents.
now aren't y'all glad that they are so much safer today, now bring on the ice cream yum...........
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White Beard
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   Posted 4/8/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely the Internet and it was invented by Al Gore of course! devil
 
White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 4/8/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'd go for indoor plumbing! LOL

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Coke, it's the real thing! I can only have one once in a while because of the sugar but to me, there's nothing like a ice cold Coke! No Pepsi, too sweet!! 2nd place> my outboard motor, zoom!!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/9/2009 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
You know how you surf around and bump into things. Well, today I found an
invention that might become popular. Someone might make big bucks.

I think you have to buy the directions for this. Or maybe you buy a map to make
it. What is it? Are you holding your breath?

A HUGGING MACHINE!

The whole world has turned against you. You got a summons to jury duty. Ham is
on the menu for Easter dinner and you hate ham. You got your house move date
and ALL the windows need washing. Your cat seems to hate you because you are
interested in her health and just try to fix her little pointed ears.

Just plug it in or wind up your hugging machine and your troubles are over. Maybe
permanently? It looks a little like a people sandwich. You put yourself between
two matress and HUG HUG HUG ..... SQUISH.

I am not making this up. (Well, part of it I am, maybe)

PN

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 4/9/2009 4:11:17 AM (GMT-6)


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/9/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
WB:
I too am grateful for the same thing.
I actually have a bro who helped ole
Al.
(And I can't even use it very well. Tsk!)
PN

I am not making this up either.

White Beard
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   Posted 4/9/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Pamela

Big Hug{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Pamela}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} devil

White Beard


 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


LLPLUV
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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Ok I got one...

The Heated Toliet Seat

My mom asked for one.  Thats all she wanted for x-mas one year.

I couldn't find much history on it but I loved the thing.

I wish I had one.  A couple of nights ago I had to go pee..  I hurts for me to go.  For some reason it was really really cold out that night didn't know the tempature was going to drop so no heat was on.  Oh my, I thought I was going to scream for the pain of going and the shock of the coldness.....

Got back into bed and my hubby said "your butts cold!"  I'm not lying it acually happened!!!!!

So I say the Heated Toliet Seat

Laurie


Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD


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   Posted 4/9/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
A/C...I live in Phoenix...couldn't survive the summers without this cool invention...allowed South and Southwest their big expansions (Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, just to name a few...)
But as a crohn's patient...gotta have a toilet nearby...and with the newer houses (mine was built in 2004), my bathroom is only about 10 ft from my bed (that whole master suite thing)...woohoo
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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