• Question: whats your favourite inventioner

    Asked by libbybobo4 to Daniela, Hannah, Ian, Jono, Mark on 19 Jun 2013.
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      Mark Hodson answered on 19 Jun 2013:

      Hi libbyboboo4,

      I don’t know who invented it but I have a humane mouse trap at home that I use to trap the mice that live in my basement. It’s a sort of box thing that the mice run into, the box tips up and the door closes trapping the mice inside. I can then release them in the near by fields. I really like it as an invention as it has no mechanical parts, is simple and it works.

      I’m also a big fan of Trevor Bayliss. He invented the clockwork radio which has revolutionised life in some developing countries and he is a great champion for inventors as well.

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      Hannah Brotherton answered on 20 Jun 2013:

      Hi libbybobo4,

      Have a look at this website for the weirdest inventions (that probably no one will use)….like a quilt cover you can read lol


      But my favorite inventor, in science, for something we need and can use is…..
      the inventor of the wheel…No-one knows who this is but he or she (we will never know) invented the wheel 3100 B.C……that’s 5000 years ago. Without the wheel there would be no cars, vehicles, planes, supermarket trolleys (LOL), bicycles, skates and everything that was built or used things on wheels (buildings, ships). Without the wheel we would have never needed the road.
      So actually is the invention of the wheel the best or the worst thing to happen in the world???

      Best: because humans are now advanced in living and we have huge cities and live in nice houses and can travel the world.

      Worst: without the wheel, we would not have built roads or built things that caused pollution, so we would still have green green grass everywhere.

      With every invention there are pros and cons. Inventors need to know if the pros outweigh the con. If they do, it is a good invention.

      What is yours??? I have asked my friends and they said the best invention is Angry Birds ha!

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      Ian Wilson answered on 20 Jun 2013:

      Hi libbybobo4,

      Great question! That really got me thinking.

      I think the greatest inventor, for me, would be Leonardo da Vinci. The man was an absolute genius! He was a painter, which most people know him for (he painted the Mona Lisa), but was also a sculptor, mathematician, writer, inventor…you name it, he probably did it!

      Some of his inventions were just so before his time, it’s weird! He invented (or made drawings of) a moveable barrage to protect a city from attack, as well as hang glider and what people think was an early prototype of a helicopter! Now, lots of his inventions or ideas were completely unusable but the man showed incredible talent and genius.

      As for my favourite invention…well I thought about all of the usual answers and then realised that I love the story of the crisp was invented! It was a complete accident – a chef called George Crum worked in a really fancy hotel in America. He used to make fried potato slice things and one day, a customer sent his back saying it was too thick and soft and tasteless. So Crum decided to get his own back on the guest and cut a wafer-thin slice of potato, fried it until it was rock hard and then covered it in loads of salt, thinking it would teach the customer not to complain. But the customer loved it and it became Crum’s most famous dish!!

      Anyway, hope that answers your question – think I got a bit carried away there lol!


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      Daniela Plana answered on 20 Jun 2013:

      Hi libbybobo4!

      I’ve been thinking about your question for a while today… there are sooo many great inventions out there and I’d never really thought about who was my favourite inventor!

      I think, I’ve decided on Nikola Tesla… he worked on pretty much everything, from electricity, to x-rays, going through robots and death rays and earthquake machines.

      If you don’t know who he is, there is a really funny page where they tell you all about what he did in a really easy to follow way: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla

      Who’s your favourite inventor???

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      Jono Bone answered on 23 Jun 2013:

      Whoever invented peanut butter. I couldn’t start the day without it on my toast!