Who Invented Air Conditioning and Other Inventors We’re Grateful to
Ever wonder who invented air conditioning and other home items that make life easier?
The air conditioner holds a special place among mechanical engineers, so much so that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers named it as one of the 10 greatest mechanical engineering achievements of the 20th century. So who invented the air conditioner? Willis Carrier gets credited for creating the modern air conditioner back in 1902. Carrier went about trying to cool down a printing plant and came up with a system that sent air through coils filled with cold water.
First Flushing Toilet
Sir John Harington of Somerset, England, was a 16th-century author, poet and godson of Queen Elizabeth I, who temporarily banished him from her court for writing risqué stories. While in exile in 1596, his thoughts continued to dwell on unclean things, resulting in the invention of the first flushing toilet, which he called the “Ajax.”
With that large, straight discharge pipe, Harington’s toilet appears a lot less prone to clogging than today’s. Here are 12 things you should never flush down the toilet.
In 1857, entrepreneur Joseph Gayetty developed the first paper targeted specifically for use on the toilet. Surprisingly, his product didn’t catch on. He’d marketed his tissue as a hemorrhoids preventer, which didn’t have widespread appeal. Most consumers preferred wiping with catalogues, which they got for free. Just make sure you never flush any of these things down your toilet.
With Menlo Park, New Jersey, the home to Thomas Edison’s lab, we can thank the Garden State for light bulbs, phonographs, and motion pictures. Check out these other bizarre things you never knew Thomas Edison invented.