man's greatest invention (in Off-topic)

Popsicle Man Supreme April 12 2007 3:33 AM EDT

what do u guys think man's greatest invention is and why

Minor Threat April 12 2007 4:09 AM EDT

Heavy metal and because I said so.

Nerevas April 12 2007 4:14 AM EDT

The wheel.

Drakon(DS) [Guardian Bros Inc] April 12 2007 4:34 AM EDT

after a eliminate the non pg i will go with pizza

Adminedyit [Superheros] April 12 2007 5:17 AM EDT

I would have to go with the wheel as well, followed very closely by the discovery of fire. Both these things have had huge impacts on our life, even to this day.

TheHatchetman April 12 2007 5:21 AM EDT

Need I say more?

bartjan April 12 2007 6:01 AM EDT

Integrate the previous 3 posts into one and you end up with a pizza slicer ;)

AdminG Beee April 12 2007 6:37 AM EDT

Man's greatest invention: Golf, Hip flask and Whisky.

Reason: Duh !

{CB1}Lukeyman April 12 2007 6:42 AM EDT

Darn tootin G!

Nefarious [I Forge My Stuff] April 12 2007 9:22 AM EDT

CB hands down! ^_^

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 12 2007 9:41 AM EDT


Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] April 12 2007 10:55 AM EDT

Good and Evil. I won't go as far as saying it's man's ''best'' invention, but it certainly is the ''greatest'' in terms of depth.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] April 12 2007 10:55 AM EDT

velcro...or the cable tie

AdminNightStrike April 12 2007 10:56 AM EDT

There have been three "power waves" in history due to the radio, the microwave, and now the internet.

miteke [Superheros] April 12 2007 11:32 AM EDT

Our advances are a result of our ability to communicate. Along those lines I see language, reading and writing, the printing press, RADIO/TV, and the Computer along with it's vast information storage and quick retrieval abilities as the greatest inventions. When God wanted to humble man all he had to do was introduce a language barrier (for those not biblically savvy just google "Tower of Babel".

So I'd nominate language as the #1 invention, followed by each of the other communication advances in the order they were conceived.

Without language that wheel would have been forgotten.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] April 12 2007 11:43 AM EDT

Art, in all its forms, that separates us from the monkeys
Paintings, poems, etc

Unappreciated Misnomer April 12 2007 11:59 AM EDT

those little umbrellas you put in your drinks ^_^

but seriously, if anything invented that'll be great will not come from North America but across the Pacific, the Japanese are designing,developing and engineering lithium ion cars and holograms, the wave of the future.

Relic April 12 2007 12:35 PM EDT

The refrigerator/cold box, man's ability to keep food cold for preservation changed them from nomadic hunters and gatherers to be able to build communities and civilizations where time to ponder and think resulted in art, mechanics, deeper language advancement, literature, and many many other things.

Rubberduck[T] [Hell Blenders] April 12 2007 12:50 PM EDT

ooo I know this one it is cheese. Or was it the shed, can't remember.
PS I hope you are joking Glory :)

{CB1}Lukeyman April 12 2007 1:52 PM EDT


smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] April 12 2007 2:00 PM EDT


IndependenZ April 12 2007 2:01 PM EDT

Man's greatest creation is a woman. Is this a feminist point of view?

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] April 12 2007 2:27 PM EDT

Language is man's greatest invention, as it has allowed us to make advances and communicate those to others to allow us all to reap the benefit of a few peoples intelligence.

Klinik April 12 2007 2:33 PM EDT

That's easy. Antiseptics.

I mean, the whole sanitation thing.
Joseph Lister... 1895. Before antiseptics there was no sanitation, especially in medicine

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] April 12 2007 4:15 PM EDT

I think Verifex's got it.I'll bet it even helped to develop our intellect .Of course thats only if you can call it an invention.So my hedge bet is the various types of string .Which is directly related to duct tape.

TheWyldeOne April 12 2007 5:27 PM EDT

ill have to go with ROME on this one. Heavy Metal!!! \m/

BootyGod April 12 2007 6:04 PM EDT

The knoon.

Adminedyit [Superheros] April 12 2007 6:09 PM EDT

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Duct Tape.

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] April 12 2007 10:30 PM EDT

Don't sing the blues I did.Tooth picks are up there to !

Bok [brimstone killers] April 12 2007 11:01 PM EDT

id have to say beer

Brakke Bres [Ow man] April 13 2007 5:23 AM EDT

BEER of course!

Popsicle Man Supreme April 13 2007 6:51 AM EDT


Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] April 13 2007 7:38 AM EDT

Well I've waited long enough . What the heck is a knoon ? A nap at noon ?

Phrede April 13 2007 7:56 AM EDT

god, carpet and watercress

Xiaz on Hiatus April 13 2007 7:59 AM EDT

The Engine.

Minor Threat April 13 2007 8:50 AM EDT

Damn how could I forget beer? :/

QBSefton [Black Cheetah Bazaar] April 13 2007 9:52 AM EDT

Man's greatest invention was the plow. Pretty much everything stemmed from there. The technologies in place prior to the plow were designed to keep a moving population alive as they migrated after the food supply, much like animals do today. Once humans learned they could stay in one (preferably fertile) spot like say the Nile delta, and grow their own food supply, civilization was born and all the technologies were designed to support a non-mobile population. Pretty much everything followed from there.

QBJohnnywas April 13 2007 10:04 AM EDT

The sandwich.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] April 13 2007 10:13 AM EDT

Has to be sporks!

QBsutekh137 April 13 2007 2:58 PM EDT

We should have a discussion on discovery vs invention (not because I think people are getting it wrong, but because I don't have any idea!)

For example, I have seen math considered an invention as well as a discovery. The intrinsics of math _seem_ to have always existed, but without various notations and insights to build it into a cohesive idea, those intrinsics would lie dormant. Yes, if you have two apples and take away one apple, you are left with one apple. Is that math, or just counting? *smile*

Is there a difference between discovery and invention? Hm.

G_Beee has another good example -- whiskey. Alcohol is quite natural. It is widely held that the first mead was discovered by early man drinking water from a rotted out bee-hive (or a log/puddle right below such a sugar source), where the sugars had naturally fermented and given the water a bit of "kick". But the processes of organized fermentation and distilling are far from natural. So, are alcoholic beverages discovered or invented?

If I add chocolate syrup to milk, yielding a mixture of a percent never before exactly duplicated (given the infinite and continuous nature of the real number set, two people have probably never made two such concoctions with the _exact_ proportions), have I re-invented chocolate milk?

My opinion is that discovery of electricity (and the subsequent inventive implementation thereof) is far and away the greatest discovery/invention. I could throw magnetism in there and consider electromagnetism to be one of the greatest studies of classical physics. I daresay it bolstered the branches into relativity and quantum mechanics as well. Once scientists started tackling the "magic" of light, electricity, and magnetism, a lot of things started to unravel (and re-ravel in other ways).

So that's my vote: the discovery and invention as related to electricity. Don't mess with The Grid.

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] April 13 2007 4:18 PM EDT

i have to say carnage blender its just way to fun :D

Popsicle Man Supreme April 13 2007 6:51 PM EDT

yeah u could really deabte about discovery being an invention but i believe sut is right

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] April 14 2007 2:24 AM EDT

Oh thanks zog It must be a knife/spoon .

QBOddBird April 14 2007 1:32 PM EDT

"The intrinsics of math _seem_ to have always existed, but without various notations and insights to build it into a cohesive idea, those intrinsics would lie dormant. Yes, if you have two apples and take away one apple, you are left with one apple. Is that math, or just counting? *smile* "

'Course it's math, counting is what you call x!, and without math there wouldn't be any chocolate

[RX3]Cotillion April 14 2007 1:34 PM EDT

or marshmellows. mmm marshmellows.

GO PATS April 14 2007 2:40 PM EDT

Dark Side of the Moon

Thanatos April 26 2007 8:48 AM EDT

I would have to say the club.

The caveman could defend his home, and himself.

Go out hunting.

And when he was ready, could go get him a wife.

He would go out and say, " Do you like to get married?"

She would say, "Yes, My what a big club you have!

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] April 26 2007 8:55 AM EDT

Hmmm now the clubs are even bigger and you meet the ladies inside !

Drama [Just for fun] April 26 2007 9:31 AM EDT

I would say the greatest man invention is the toilet. I mean imagine us doing or little thing on the ground of every place we go, that would be disgusting. Just to think of a restaurant where you have to smell it while eating cause there is that huge pile beside your table....

deifeln April 26 2007 11:24 AM EDT

Toilet Paper

'nuff said

QBRanger April 26 2007 11:27 AM EDT

First the wheel-gave humans the ability to be mobile

Second the ability to meld metals-self explanatory

Lastly electricity-again self explanatory

[RX3]Cotillion April 26 2007 11:41 AM EDT

Godwolf... Because it's a cool thing...
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