Top 10 Modern Day Innovations That Are In Fact Pretty Old

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6. The heat ray beam was discovered by the US Army in 2007

heat ray beam

Granted, the US Army couldn’t miss an opportunity of showing off its “latest” inventions. However, in reality the idea of heat rays dates back from before 400 BC and the ancient battle to defend the city of Syracuse. While popular TV shows reduced Archimedes’ heat ray to the myth status, not everyone agrees with the “evidence”. In fact, when tested in 1973 by Ioannis Sakkas the experiment proved successful.

 

7. Flamethrowers are an 1901 German discovery

Flamethrowers

Although many view the “flammenwerfer” as a prophetic symbol predicting the atrocities that would befall Europe in the 20th century, the idea existed from the 7th century A.D. Back then, it went by the name of “Greek Fire” and it was incredibly efficient for setting ships and people on ablaze. Oh, since setting things on aflame was so effective, later on the Byzantine Greeks came up with the idea of a mobile version of the device.

 

8. Submarines emerged during WWI

submarines

Back in the days, the idea of a submarine was inescapably linked to Jules Verne and his awesome novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. However, the concept actually dates back to a time we love to call the Dark Ages, when an innkeeper – William Bourne – found a way for ships to increase/decrease their capacity in order to modify their density. While not a resonating success, the first “submarine” was built in 1623 by Cornelius Drebble who obtained the impressive achievement of descending his ship to a depth of 15 feet.

 

9. Batteries were uncovered in 1800 by Alessandro Volta

Batteries

If you are a fan of the conspiracy theories, then you probably heard of the famous Baghdad Batteries. While wrongfully included in the obscure category of archeology, the truth is that the 200 B.C. invention was actually functional in spite of its simplistic appearance. However, sometimes it’s much easier to dismiss the things you can’t explain as myths, rather than find an answer to the complex questions these ancient accumulators raise.

 

10. The vending machine appeared in early 1880s

vending machine

The enigmatic Hero of Alexandria was not only good at “convincing Gods to partake in human religious ceremonies” or at least majestically open the doors. He also wanted to be sure that the believers remained faithful to the Egyptian gods and that they are the first divine figure to turn to when disaster strikes. Consequentially, he created a device that dispersed holy water once you insert a coin in it, a concept oddly similar to the vending machines that awed London and New York in the 1880s.

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