12 Inventions From Countries You Didn’t Expect

0 - Zero

0 - Zero

Yeah we’re talking about the number 0. It was actually invented in India of all places. The symbol itself did exist beforehand in Ancient Egypt, but it was used more as a placeholder. It was made useful in calculations in India.

World Wide Web

World Wide Web

Of course, the internet itself came about as a result of research by the United States government. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) produced ARPANET; the network that became the basis for the Internet. However, the World Wide Web (which you happen to be using right now) was invented by both British and Belgians at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland.

Velcro

Velcro

What would the world be without Velcro? Well, we might know that answer if it weren’t for the Swiss who invented it. Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral came up with it back in 1948 and coined the term based on the French words “velours” (velvet), and “crochet” (hook).

IMAX

IMAX

Going to watch a film at an IMAX theatre is a real experience. Albeit a totally unnecessary experience because, let’s be honest, who really needs to feel like they're at a sports game when watching a film? But it’s nice to have the option. And we have the Canadians to thank for that.

Buttons

Buttons

You know what I hate about buttons? Well, ever since I gave up sugar, buttons seem to tease me by pretending that they are actually delicious Life Savers. Anyway, we’ll hand this one to Pakistan, even though it wasn’t a country when buttons were invented. But they came from where it is now.

Tranquilizer Gun

Tranquilizer Gun

I know that there have been all sort of tranquilizer darts and the like in Indigenous communities all over the globe. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the modern tranquilizer gun which was invented by New Zealander Colin Murdoch.

Submarines

Submarines

Who would have thought that the Irish would have invented anything let alone a submarine? Somehow that feels like a rude thing to say. Sorry to the Irish and Irish engineer John Philip Holland who was commissioned to build the first submarine for the US Navy and the Royal Navy.

Ugg Boots

Ugg Boots

It depends on which side of the fence you sit as to whether these are a comfortable, ironically fashionably unfashionable staple of the winter casual outfit. Or simply an abomination you wouldn’t be caught dead in. Either way, Australia is responsible.

Eye Glasses

Eye Glasses

Who do you think we have to thank for this magical invention which many of us rely upon? The Italians… Well, the Romans I guess is more accurate but whatever. It was around the time of Emperor Nero in the mid-1200s when glasses began to look like they do now.

Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper

Not sure why we chose toilet paper to prove China’s worth to society by way of invention. I mean, they did invent both gun powder and paper itself...

Ttoilet paper is said to have been used since about the 6th Century in China.

Speedometer

Speedometer

It is funny to imagine a world where the cops pull you over for speeding but you have no idea how fast you were going because your car has never been fitted with a speedometer. That could be the world we live in if it weren’t for Croatian Josip Belušić.

Molotov Cocktail

Molotov Cocktail

Well, I certainly did not see that coming! I thought Finland was a nation of peace lovers. Apparently, this was a form of resistance invented when the Soviet Union attempted an invasion in 1939.