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Chinese Inventions

Based on the clues, name these things that were invented in China
Last updated: December 12, 2016
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Clue
Invention
Writing material
Paper
Centuries before Gutenburg
Printing
Saltpeter-based explosive substance
Gunpowder
The Chinese version pointed south
Compass
What Marco Polo supposedly
brought back to Italy
Noodles
Domesticated carp
Goldfish
Luxury fabric
Silk
Once China's top export
Tea
Eating utensils
Chopsticks
Popular game with 144 tiles
Mahjong
Clue
Invention
Pyrotechnics
Fireworks
Explosive bomb for throwing
Hand Grenade
Fragrant burning material
Incense
Ceramic material named
after the country
China (Porcelain)
Cooking vessel used for stir-fry
Wok
Foot straps for horse-riders
Stirrup
Pressed soybean curd
Tofu
Bidet alternative
Toilet Paper
Flying toy
Kite
Poker necessity
Playing Cards
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level 70
May 9, 2014
Tea: not an invention
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level 69
May 9, 2014
Because goldfish is?
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level 70
May 9, 2014
that, too.
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level 43
Jan 25, 2017
And yet, it is, just like dogs were created from wolves by humans.
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level 76
Apr 12, 2017
Actually there are now doubts that man domesticated the wolf. Evidence is at least suggesting to the possibility of wolves domesticating themselves and that is happened simultaneously in multiple places stretching from western Europe to the Americas.
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level 66
May 11, 2014
Tea did not clip itself, dry itself and then jump into a cup of hot water though.
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level 55
May 15, 2014
Snap.
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level 70
May 20, 2014
True, but the the clipping of leaves and adding hot water is an independent invention of many cultures,including Neanderthals, who would slightly predate the Chinese invention. What originated in China is the plant, Camellia sinensis, which is not an invention.
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level 43
Jan 25, 2017
Oh boy..
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level 54
Apr 20, 2017
I agree. The first country to brew coffee would get credit for it too. We're not accrediting them for having the plant in their borders, but for being the first to use a practice that is now international.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2017
Agreed, tea is no more an invention than the apple.
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level 42
Apr 12, 2017
So I guess apple sauce also not an invention?
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level 60
Sep 10, 2017
All these comments worry me.
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level 55
May 15, 2014
"Pasta" should be accepted.
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level 75
May 20, 2014
even though that one is totally not true.
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level 75
May 20, 2014
I mean it's not true that Marco Polo brought noodles to Europe. Europeans were eating noodles and pasta for centuries before Marco Polo.
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level 80
May 20, 2014
Or possibly "macaroni" ?
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level 81
Jul 24, 2014
No, that was simply the name that he gave his cap after feather insertion.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2017
He didn't name his cap. It was a specific type of fashion in that day, similar to hipster or dandy of other eras.
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level 37
May 20, 2014
please accept pasta tho
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level 67
May 20, 2014
should not pasta be acceptable for noodles?????
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level 49
May 20, 2014
Mongolia invented the stirrup, because they were the Mongols.
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level 34
May 20, 2014
If you think pasta is the same as noodles then I worry about you.
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level 75
May 22, 2014
Spaghetti noodles are pasta.
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level 71
May 6, 2015
I guess nimicafrat is worrying about you then
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level 75
Apr 12, 2017
perhaps he just feels skittish around people in general.
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level 70
Apr 12, 2017
I worry about me too.
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level 21
May 23, 2014
I don't think incense was invented by the Chinese. Many other ancient cultures had it without making contact with China.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2017
If something was invented independently in many different places, that does not mean that those places didn't invent it.
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level 14
May 23, 2014
They invented ice cream too!
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level 70
Jul 8, 2015
Bidets are used instead of toilet paper? I always assumed you used the toilet paper, then the bidet. And then a towel.
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level 38
Oct 1, 2015
The Chinese compass points south, not north.
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2016
Interesting! Changed the clue.
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level 74
Apr 18, 2016
Please accept koi for carp.
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level 54
Aug 12, 2016
Never realised utensil referred to containers, hm
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level ∞
Dec 12, 2016
Changed to cooking vessel.
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level 13
Apr 12, 2017
paper was invented by the Egyptians not chinese
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level 58
Apr 16, 2017
That's papyrus.
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level 68
Apr 12, 2017
Paper money fits the description you have for noodles. It was invented in China, and brought to Venice by Marco Polo. There are several websites that will attest to this if you google paper money and Marco Polo
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level 58
Apr 16, 2017
I agree with this one.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2017
Who in the world thinks that toilet paper is an ALTERNATIVE to a bidet?
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level 35
Apr 12, 2017
got the lot. I put toilet paper out of frustration at not coming up with an alternative to a bidet !
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level 54
Apr 12, 2017
The Marco Polo clue strikes me as not very good; not only is it "supposedly" but it doesn't even relate to China at all
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level 34
Apr 12, 2017
toilet roll should be accepted for toilet paper as thats what english people call it!
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level 72
Apr 12, 2017
You wipe your ass with the whole roll?
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level 57
Apr 13, 2017
you don't?
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level 52
Oct 28, 2018
i wanted wet sponge to be acceptable
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level 72
Apr 12, 2017
GutenbErg, not Gutenburg
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level 38
Apr 13, 2017
But wasn't toilet paper invented by the American Joseph Gayetty?!
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level 59
Apr 13, 2017
Don't question it. Just be thankful we have it.
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level 48
Apr 13, 2017
Pasta is not chinese
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level 42
Apr 16, 2017
Had to Google translate "stirrups" because I knew it in French but not in English... This website really is pushing the limits of my vocabulary, I love it haha
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level 83
Dec 21, 2017
How on Earth are goldfish and tea Chinese inventions??
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level 52
Oct 28, 2018
maybe they took silver fish, fed them a diet of mandarins and turned them orange ?????
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level 71
Sep 9, 2018
How on Earth is China only at 63% although the clue is so easy?
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level 47
Jan 14, 2019
koi should be accepted for the carp question
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level 57
Apr 5, 2019
The only Chinese-made alternative for bidet that I could think of is the squatpot! Only achieves the first function of a Bidet though, so it definitely shouldn’t count.
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level 51
Apr 18, 2019
...all the tea in China. How did I not even think to try that?