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Inventions by Country #2

For each selected invention or discovery, name the country where it originated.
Guess the modern day country
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First submittedMay 22, 2013
Last updatedAugust 9, 2019
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Invention
Year
Country
Light Bulb
(practical)
1878
United States
Explanation of
gravity
1686
United Kingdom
Ice Hockey
(modern)
1875
Canada
Photography
1826
France
Tea
1000 BC
China
Sauna
?
Finland
Atomic Bomb
1945
United States
Paper Money
1000s
China
Radio (practical)
1890s
Italy
Zumba
1990s
Colombia
Microchip
1958
United States
Penicillin
1928
United Kingdom
Invention
Year
Country
Compound Microscope
1590
Netherlands
CD Player
1982
Japan
Writing
3600 BC
Iraq
Discovery of
Radium
1898
France
Paper
100 BC
China
Papyrus
3000 BC
Egypt
World Wide Web
(nationality of inventor)
1989
United Kingdom
Ugg Boots
1920s
Australia or New Zealand
Tango
1890s
Argentina or Uruguay
Christmas Tree
1600s
Germany
Samba
1920s
Brazil
Periodic Table
1869
Russia
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level 57
Jul 19, 2013
World Wide Web was created at CERN, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
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level 77
Nov 9, 2013
This is true.
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level ∞
Nov 9, 2013
I added a caveat for that question that we are looking for the nationality of the inventor. Thanks.
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level 58
Jul 31, 2013
It would be a good idea to refer to hockey as ice hockey, as hockey usually means field hockey in many countries.
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level ∞
Nov 9, 2013
Okay, changed it.
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level 77
Nov 9, 2013
ugh boots...
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level 66
Sep 3, 2019
No idea what they are but guessed it anyway
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level 24
Nov 9, 2013
Mohenjo-Darans had saunas in the ancient Indus River Valley
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level 36
Nov 11, 2013
in fact penicilin was invented first in Romania
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level 76
Oct 21, 2015
Penicillin was never invented, it was discovered.
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level 76
Jun 1, 2016
Penicillin - the greatest thing on sliced bread.
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level 52
Oct 7, 2018
Flemming got all the glory, but the Australian Howard Florey rarely gets a mention......... Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey, OM, FRS, FRCP was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Sir Ernst Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for his role in the development of penicillin. Wikipedia
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level 67
Nov 13, 2013
Fanboys or not, I believe Tesla should be credited with radio. Whether you clasify Tesla as American, Serbian or Croatian, that's a whole different story.
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level 77
Nov 16, 2013
He was born in the Austrian Empire to Serbian parents in what is today Croatia. Though this was before the modern nation states of Croatia, Serbia, or Austria existed. He immigrated to the USA in 1884 when he was still in his 20s, did most of his most important work there, and became a naturalized American citizen while still a young man. After 1918 when Austria-Hungary ceased to exist, Tesla's American citizenship was the only citizenship left to him. He was proud of his naturalization and happy to be a citizen of the country. I would say he's American.
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level 44
Jun 9, 2016
@kalbahamut I completely agree with your first sentence. But.... if he was "born to Serbian parents", how can you say he is American? I think the most accurate description would be: Serb born in Austrian Empire that lived most of his life in United States.
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level 77
Jun 27, 2016
Because his parents' "ethnicity" is completely and totally irrelevant to whether or not he is an American. Barack Obama is American, not Kenyan. George Washington, when he died, was American, not British. It's possible that you could be two things at once... for example, Natalie Portman is both American and Israeli. But in the case of Tesla, if we're talking about nationality, not even that much is true. He was only American. When Tesla was born, Serbia did not exist. The country of his birth (Austria-Hungary), ceased to exist in his lifetime. His one and only nationality was American. If you choose to see Serb as an ethnicity, you could call Tesla an American and ethnic Serb. Calling him Serbian-American would be a stretch, and probably not a label he would use himself, but... okay. However, calling him Serbian (or Austrian) and denying he was American is, simply put, flat-out straight-up completely dead wrong.
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level 77
Jun 27, 2016
and no doubt offensive to Tesla, who was a proud American.
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level 77
Nov 17, 2013
Which also means that whether you believe Tesla or Edison should be credited with the invention of the light bulb, the answer is that it's still an American invention, even if you dislike the picture. As far as radio goes... ::shrug::
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level 12
Feb 22, 2014
wow, apparently gravity is an invention now.
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level 66
Nov 17, 2014
So we have Australia and/or New Zealand to blame for Uggs. :(
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level 72
Apr 4, 2016
This quiz and its predecessor drive me nuts with all the unnecessary apostrophes: 1000's, 1890's, 1920's. As far as I can tell, none of these are intended to be possessive.
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level ∞
Jun 1, 2016
Removed the extraneous apostrophe's ;)
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level 61
Jun 1, 2016
This is another example of different usage across the Atlantic. British usage is "1960s." American usage is "1960's." Neither is wrong.
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level 54
Jun 1, 2016
I've always been taught that "1960's" is wrong. You should never make a plural with an apostrophe, even in the US.
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level 72
Jun 2, 2016
what if that plural contains a contraction too?
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level 59
Jun 1, 2016
Imagine a world without gravity!
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level 77
Jun 1, 2016
It's easy if you try...
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level 54
Jun 1, 2016
Several of these are not inventions, but discoveries.
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level 69
Jun 1, 2016
I thought Papyrus was from Snowdin...
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level 60
Jun 1, 2016
Gravity is certainly not an invention and I'm not really sure you can call it a discovery. Newton made an observation after watching an apple fall, formed a hypothesis and tested it until it was proved conclusively.
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level 61
Jun 1, 2016
Tango... I couldn't understand why a fizzy drink was around in 1890. Face palm.
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level 67
Jun 1, 2016
I remember visiting Newton's gravity workshop in the UK. I saw the very table where he spent hours sawing and hammering away on the gravity to get it to work right.
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level 24
Jun 1, 2016
Did people just float away up until 1686. If so how would someone even invent gravity without floating into space. :)
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level 49
Jun 1, 2016
We're lucky he did, or people would still be doing so. Floating into space, that is.
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level 76
May 18, 2017
They did a lot of that in the 1960s, too.
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level 67
Jun 2, 2016
Like they hadn't invented ropes yet. They weren't stupid.
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level 77
Jun 3, 2016
Maybe this is why early man lived in caves and trees... something to hold on to.
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level 34
Jun 1, 2016
How do you invent gravity?
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level 72
Jun 2, 2016
No-one claiming Fox-Talbot (UK) for photography then? OK, I will...
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level 52
Oct 7, 2018
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, better known as Louis Daguerre, was a French artist and photographer, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Wikipedia
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level 37
Jun 2, 2016
If the World Wide Web is UK, then surely radium is Poland? After all, Marie curie was Polish. Also, the title of the quiz is misleading. Lots of these were not 'invented' more 'discovered'. Apart from that, cool quiz ;)
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level 44
Jun 9, 2016
I believe world was really fun before 1686 when there was no gravity....
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level 60
Nov 14, 2017
The Lightbulb was neither invented in 1878 nor in America. The first lightbulb presented to the public (we know of) was created by the scottish James Bowman Lindsay in 1835, the first patents were registered in 1841 and 1845. Edison just improved it and was very good with marketing and advertising.
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2017
He improved it so much that lightbulbs went from being completely impractical to completely ubiquitous. I'd say he gets the credit. Of course, nothing is ever the invention of one person. As Isaac Newton said "If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants."
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level 32
Mar 29, 2019
Hey, just saying, you should witch the name from "Inventions by country" to "Country by inventions".
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level 31
Jul 25, 2019
Maria Skłodowska Curie was Polish so it's Polish invention not French.
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2019
It was Marie AND Pierre Curie who made the discovery, and it happened in France. We explicitly ask for the country in which the discovery or invention took place. Had Marie Curie stayed in Poland she most likely would not have discovered anything.
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level 59
Aug 30, 2019
Keep thinking the drink Tango (from the UK) and not the dance
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level 76
Oct 15, 2019
It could be argued that the CD player was invented by Philips, as much as by Sony. I would therefore suggest allowing the Netherlands as a correct answer. Me being Dutch has nothing to do with that of course :)