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Scottish Inventions

Based on the clues, name these Scottish inventions and discoveries.
Inventions made in Scotland or by Scottish people overseas
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First submittedMay 9, 2014
Last updatedMay 20, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Hitting a ball into a hole
Golf
Major improvements by James Watt to this
Steam Engine
Device for talking at a distance
Telephone
Way to make someone act like a chicken
Hypnotism
The "dismal science" of capitalism
Economics
Temperature unit that starts at absolute zero
Kelvin
Mirrored cylinder that you look through to see cool patterns
Kaleidoscope
Method of sending documents electronically
Fax Machine
Stereotypical Canadian sport
Curling
Way to inject medicine
Hypodermic Needle
Miracle antibiotic
Penicillin
Device that replaces human interaction
Television
Use of this gas as an anaethestic
Chloroform
Rubberized raincoat
Mackintosh
Use of these as a forensic tool
Fingerprints
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level 67
May 20, 2014
I think hypnosis should be acceptable for hypnotism.
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level ∞
May 20, 2014
That will work now.
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level 27
May 20, 2014
The clue for TV is "device that replaces human interaction"... This is really just an opinion, and sort of factually misleading. A better clue would be something more fact-based.
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level 66
Jun 3, 2014
I was thinking internet was the answer. :D
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level 77
Nov 30, 2014
I first thought of computers, but they were developed mostly in the USA and the UK and not by any Scotsmen that I know of. The Internet was invented in the US, again without the involvement of any noteworthy Scots. First cell phones were in the US, followed by developments in Japan and Scandinavian countries. First smart phone was an IBM device. Facebook invented in the US by an American Jew. Problem with all of these things except for Facebook is they did not really have any single inventor. There were many different people working on them and a series of different inventions that together produced the new technology. It's actually the same thing for television, with multiple developments that eventually led to the emergence of a new technology. I assume the Scot in question is John Logie Baird, sometimes called the inventor of television, though his work came after many important developments in Germany, France, Japan and Russia. And Philo Farnsworth is also often given the title.
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level 36
Nov 30, 2014
If we were to define the Internet as a network of computers,then yes,it was invented in the US.But,the World Wide Web,the Internet as we use it today was actually created by CERN,a European organisation.
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level 58
Nov 30, 2014
kalbahamut, John Logie Baird's work may have come after developments in Germany, Russia and Japan, but it didn't depend on any of them. He invented television by demonstrating the earliest system for transmitting an image, but his method was impractical and is not as far as I know the basis for any present-day system.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2014
Filip, if you define the internet as The Internet... then it was invented in the United States. CERN invented the internet about as much as McDonald's invented hamburgers.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2014
Or Ford invented the automobile.
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level 36
Dec 1, 2014
kalbahamut,yeah I see your point and you're right.It's just that most people use the Internet to refer to what we are using currently,which is the World Wide Web.So,sorry,I was just assuming that's what you meant,because that's what most people mean when they are talking about the Internet.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2014
Then most people are using the word incorrectly.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2014
Also, use of the world wide web, and even websites which resemble those of the www, are on their way out even while the Internet will of course persist. Before CERN launched the www the Internet had existed for decades. There were already ftp sites, bulletin boards, e-mail servers, corporate internet domains, and internet service providers like CompuServ and AOL that offered a full suite of services like chat rooms, newsgroups, online dating and so on. All the www did was give us a common protocol for websites to use. I remember when I first signed up for AOL there was the AOL content section and also an option to browse the world wide web, and at first there was more content worth looking at on AOL. Gradually it changed. Now, many websites are not really on the www even though some still use the "www" without it being accurate. And in the future we are moving toward apps that use the Internet without websites through smart phones, smart TVs and so on. But they still use the Internet.
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level 82
May 20, 2014
Penisilin? Or some other less than correct spellings to be accepted, please?
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level 72
Aug 4, 2018
If it's illing you should see a doctor.
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level 76
May 20, 2014
I put in steam trains, locomotives... something else besides steam engine should be accepted
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level 71
Sep 5, 2014
Trains came along after Watt, so he could hardly have improved them. The steam engine was used in mining before Watt improved it.
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level 72
Aug 4, 2018
Why? That's what he's known for in every middle school.
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level 76
Jun 3, 2014
Don't understand why curling is considered a stereotypical Canadian sport. I tried hockey, lacrosse, soccer, hunting, fishing - even baseball before I started going through every winter Olympic sport I could think of, and finally got curling. I always thought that was Scottish anyway, so again, don't understand the Canadian stereotype thing.
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level 48
Jun 12, 2014
Same
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level 77
Nov 30, 2014
I got it after guessing hockey and lacrosse.
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level 49
Nov 30, 2014
As a Canadian, I would absolutely agree. Hockey is the stereotypical Canadian sport, no questions asked.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2014
But can there only be one stereotypical sport per country at a time?
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level 79
Nov 16, 2016
There can be only one
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level 54
Nov 30, 2014
I think the stereotype may come from the fact that Canada has one the most gold medals in curling during winter Olympic games.
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level 48
Jun 19, 2014
Philo T. Farnsworth invented television. He was from Idaho and Utah. Unless this is referring to "television signals", or to the people who stole Farnsworth's ideas and claimed them for their own.
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level 42
Jul 23, 2014
John Logie Baird from Scotland was the first person to demonstrate television, Farnsworth just improved on it a few years later.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2014
It really depends on how you define television. A similar problem arises when you try to determine who invented computers.
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level 75
Nov 30, 2014
"Device for talking at a distance" Shouting?
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level 65
Nov 30, 2014
that's not a device though
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level 82
Sep 30, 2015
Megaphone
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level 76
Jun 6, 2018
Cupped hands? Yes, I thought megaphone at first.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2014
"Way to make someone act like a chicken" I tried Chicken Dance and Klondike Bar before I figured it out...
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level 50
Dec 2, 2014
Hmmm, seems like someone is claiming too much credit in this quiz.
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level 61
Dec 3, 2014
I like to think Philipp Reis invented the telephone because he was born where I was born and the telephone is devinitely a great device. Obviously it's hard to say who actually came up with the idea first since many worked on such a device. But of course Alexander Graham Bell got the first patent for it.
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level 19
Dec 3, 2014
Please accept hypnotizing for hypnotism. Great quiz!
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level 64
Jun 4, 2016
Ivan Vučetić, a Croatian born Argentinian created the first method of recording the fingerprints of individuals on file, associating these fingerprints to the anthropometric system of Alphonse Bertillon, who had created, in 1879, a system to identify individuals by anthropometric photographs and associated quantitative descriptions. In 1892, after studying Galton's pattern types, Vucetich set up the world's first fingerprint bureau. So basically, he was the first to practicali use it. Henry Faulds made great contributions to the field, but he never used the method in practice, and there were others who contributed before him, such as William James Herschel. In my opinion, you should remove fingerprinting from the list.
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level 70
Mar 5, 2017
Quizmaster, in the clue, the "s" is misplaced in the word "anaesthetic".
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level 42
Jul 14, 2018
Well the television wasn't invented by John Baird his design was never actually used, the real inventor of the television was the American Philio Farnsworth who 1927 demonstrated the worlds first electronic television. Alexander Graham bell stole the idea for the telephone from Antonio Meucci. Although tbf to the Scottish they did invent thadhesive stamps, the Australian national anthem, the Bank of England, bicycle pedals, the breach-loading rifle, Bovril, the cell nucleus, the cloud chamber, cornflour, a cure for malaria, the decimal point, the Encyclopædia Britannica, fountain pens, genetic fingerprinting, insulin, the lawnmower, lime cordial, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, matches, motor insurance, paraffin, piano pedals, radar, the reflecting telescope, savings banks, the screw propeller, the speedometer, the steam hammer, raincoats, tarmac, teleprinters, tubular steel, typhoid vaccines, ultrasound scanners, the United. So not bad really.
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level 59
Mar 8, 2019
and the US Navy
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level 76
Nov 26, 2018
And there was me thinking that Golf was invented by Bullroarer Took.
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level 28
Sep 1, 2019
Wow - we have so much to thank SCOTLAND for including whisky and iron bru:-)
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level 67
Sep 1, 2019
Fleming didn't invent the drug penicillin. That was done by a team headed by Howard Florey, and Fleming had nothing to do with it.