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Inventions by Country #1

For each selected invention or discovery, name the country where it originated.
Guess the modern day country. Answer must correspond to highlighted box
Dates are approximate
Some answers used more than once
Quiz idea: Milanthro
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First submittedMay 22, 2013
Last updatedAugust 9, 2019
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Invention
Year
Country
Gun Powder
700s
China
Airplane
1903
United States
Automobile
1885
Germany
Bikini
1946
France
Chess
500's
India
Coffee
1400s
Ethiopia
Espresso
1884
Italy
Compass
1000s
China
Democracy
400s BC
Greece
Dynamite
1867
Sweden
Eyeglasses
1286
Italy
Golf
1400s
United Kingdom
Invention
Year
Country
Hot Air Balloon
1783
France
Locomotive
1804
United Kingdom
Basketball
1891
United States
Monosodium Glutamate
1908
Japan
Orange Carrot
1500s
Netherlands
Pizza
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Italy
Psychoanalysis
1890s
Austria
Rubik's Cube
1974
Hungary
Satellite
1957
Russia
Silk
3500 BC
China
Stock Market
1602
Netherlands
7-Day Week
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Iraq
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level 68
Jul 13, 2013
Good quiz - no nit-pickers yet - probably still checking wikipedia.
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level 60
Jul 13, 2013
Well-said!
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level 25
Jul 13, 2013
Surprised Ethiopia is where Coffee originated from, when you consider that I as well as others would expect it to have been a new world (South America) discovery.
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level 77
Jul 13, 2013
tons of foods come from the Americas, but why would you think coffee did? Has been around forever. and the most popular form is called coffee arabica. Some claim it was first made in Yemen, but the histories of Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia and the surrounding countries are all pretty intertwined.
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level 71
May 20, 2014
Coffee production was introduced to the New World, just as cocoa production was moved from the New World to Africa, in the hope of outrunning native pests.
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level 49
Jan 18, 2015
hah guessed all of those but ethiopia lol
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level 60
Jul 13, 2013
You should totally read the legend of how coffee was discovered. It involves an Ethiopian goatherd and some hyperactive goats!
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level 77
Jul 13, 2013
same story circulates around the Arabian peninsula as well.
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level 77
Jul 13, 2013
Some nits that could be picked but I'll pass. Got almost everything almost right away except for MSG (guessed China- I was close), carrots (had no idea), the Rubik's Cube (was guessing a lot of European countries but didn't get the answer), and the stock market (should have known.. duh)
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level 60
Jul 13, 2013
Carrots were originally a whitish-yellow color. The Dutch bred them to be orange in honor of the House of Orange, which was leading the fight for independence against Spain!
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level 77
Jul 13, 2013
cool. Never knew that. thanks for sharing. :) I thought they were orange because of beta keratin.
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level 20
Jul 13, 2013
How about purple carrots? :D
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level 67
Oct 15, 2014
Huh, you learn something new every day.
@kalbahamut: Beta carotene. Keratin would be in your hair and nails.
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level 46
Apr 3, 2015
Some claim it is a myth that the Dutch bred carrots to be orange for nationalist purposes, and also that the orange carrot existed before the Dutch bred them http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/history3.html
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level 58
Dec 10, 2015
how was guessing China close re MSG?
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level 61
Dec 10, 2015
...because China is geographically near Japan, the correct answer. ':|
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level 77
Jun 27, 2016
also, Chinese food, similar to some Japanese cuisine, is loaded with MSG.
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level 49
Dec 10, 2015
MSG was first sold in my country by Japanese-based company, and it is now advertised related with the term umami which is the fifth taste discovered by Japanese scientist.
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level 16
Jul 13, 2013
Kind of frusterating that America invented basketball since it was Dr James Naismith (a Canadian) who developed the game. I know he was in the states when he did invent it, but still gotta give my Canada a little love in this quiz!
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level 74
Jul 26, 2015
Yup. I guessed Canada first and only begrudgingly yielded to putting in USA.
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level 51
Sep 12, 2017
Canadian invented it, therefore it is a Canadian invention
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level 20
Jul 13, 2013
Technically, pizza first originated from China - yes, it is slightly different and it was not called 'pizza' in China, but Marco Polo helped Italy produce Pizza.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2013
you've got your urban legends confused. The popular (false) story is that Marco Polo brought pasta (noodles) back from China. Not pizza. The origin of pizza really depends on how you define pizza. Food that has been called pizza or something similar, and born some resemblance to pizza, has been around longer than anyone knows for sure. It probably originated in Greece (pita), Turkey or Syria. It's some of the oldest food in the world. Neopolitan flat bread was invented in Naples, Italy, and was much more similar to what most people think of as pizza than the stuff that came before which typically did not include cheese or tomato sauce. However, the pizza that is popular around the globe today was first made in Little Italy in New York City by Italian immigrants. Other popular variations sprouted up in Chicago and elsewhere, but usually when you order pizza almost anywhere in the world what you are getting is New York style pizza.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2013
In the Middle East today they eat something that is probably much closer to the original pizza precursor. Warm flat bread with some simple toppings spread over it, usually olive oil and zatar (a kind of seasoning), or sometimes spinach or cheese or olives. Often folded over on itself. I have this stuff for breakfast most days.
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level 53
Jul 17, 2013
Ecstatic that you used my idea for a quiz!!! Also I think you should accept Brazil as the inventor of the plane as well. The States and Brazil both have claims on that.
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level 66
Oct 24, 2013
nice!
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level 66
Nov 17, 2014
If only I had read the directions, I would have gotten one more correct. That'll learn me! :D
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level 38
Dec 10, 2015
Would've loved an Aussie invention. *sighs* But that's impossible, because there are too many stuck-up Americans on here who hate Aussies.
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level 77
Dec 10, 2015
Where?
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level 76
Dec 10, 2015
I haven't seen any abuse from Americans toward the Aussies - my daughter did a study abroad there and loved your country - but apparently there is at least one Aussie who hates Americans.
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level 60
Dec 10, 2015
Well it depends on who you ask.
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level 63
Mar 30, 2016
So many more than one... So many
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level 72
Dec 11, 2015
so what do you want included? vegemite or boomerang?
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level 60
Jan 8, 2017
Just a few Aust inventions - Black box flight recorder, electronic pacemaker, Google maps, bionic ear, medical application of penicillin, spray on skin etc etc ............
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level 51
Mar 28, 2017
Actually the first recorded use of Pencillin to cure an ailment occurred through Cecil George Paine at the Royal Infarmy in Sheffield in 1930, nine years before the Australian medicinal application
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level 69
Aug 4, 2016
Re: stuck-up Americans, I suspect the reverse is true. Americans in my experience are extremely positive about Australia and Australians, but Australians love to bash America.
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level 51
Mar 28, 2017
ive never met an american that had something bad to say about Australia, most think its pretty awesome over there
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2019
It's weird. Of all the countries in the world, Australia is (except Canada) the most culturally similar to the U.S.. And yet in Australia it is acceptable to call Americans "seppos". You can look up where this comes from. It isn't flattering. I honestly think Australians see themselves in the mirror when they look at America and they don't like what they see. It's a shame.
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level 70
Sep 5, 2019
Have never heard an American called a seppo by an Australian, had to look that up. The historical basis of anti-American sentiment in Australian dates back to WW2 and the relationships between US troops based here and the wives/girlfriends of Australian troops who for the first several years of the war were stationed in Europe. The media at the time set up a cartoon stereotype of Americans as brash/arrogant and some of it has stuck many decades later.
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level 82
Dec 10, 2015
Just happened to see a documentary where the Dutch East India company was explained. So knew the answer to stock market!
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level 27
Dec 10, 2015
ummm... chess was invented in mongolia. not india.
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level 70
Dec 15, 2015
I googled it and found tons of references to India. Some to arabian countries. One or two to China. None to Mongolia. Not sure where you came up with that.
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level 39
Dec 10, 2015
I believe that basketball was derived from an ancient sport played by one of the Mesoamerican civilizations.
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level 48
Dec 10, 2015
Basketball was invented by a Canadian. So shouldn't the answer be Canada? Here's a link to a Heritage Minute about the invention of basketball, produced by the Canadian government about the Canadian invention of basketball. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxAYQGfdUWk
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level 77
Dec 10, 2015
The instructions clearly say to name the country of origin, not the nationality of the inventor.
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level 70
Dec 15, 2015
McIntosh Apples, Instant Replay, the Foghorn, the egg carton.....lots of Canadian inventions out there. But not Basketball. Hockey maybe. But not B-ball.
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level 44
Jan 26, 2016
Coffee is from Mexico (Aztecs and Mayan drank it for milleniums) Basketball is from Canada, USA just claims to have invented it.
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level 37
Mar 10, 2016
You got confused between coffee and cocoa. Ethiopians and Yemeni has been drinking coffees since the Roman times
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level 37
Mar 10, 2016
I know the story of Bikini's invention, but I forgot the inventor. Should've guessed it though Very surprised that not many get Ethiopia. Ethiopians coffees are very famous and more diverse than Brazilian coffee. Fun fact: Yemeni and Ethiopians has been trading coffees for Millennias and the name 'mocha' came from a port in Yemen where a lot of trading took place
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level 69
Aug 4, 2016
It took me all of 3 seconds to get carrots even though as far as I'm aware that is not something I've ever heard before. I can only guess it was to do with the association of orange with the Netherlands and it just happened to work.
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level 61
Jan 24, 2017
Of course orange carrots had to be a Dutch invention. :D
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level 21
Feb 5, 2018
Brazil is the inventor of the airplane....
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level 24
May 9, 2018
The inventor of Basketball was Canadian. Did he invent it in the USA?
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2019
Yes
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level 36
Aug 16, 2018
I'm so proud to see my lovely country Hungary on the list ♡
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level 52
Oct 8, 2018
the seven day week got me...watched too many programmes on how the Brits in some industries gained a half day holiday during the working week... (Sunday was a day of prayer)
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level 35
Oct 25, 2018
the 7 day week was actually made by the aztecs
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level 68
Jun 10, 2019
Really? Just searched it and read that they had 13 day weeks. Regardless, the Babylonians predate the Aztecs by thousands of years!