See if you can tell which of the wackiest invention stories are actually true. Before you try to build a plane using bicycle chains, make sure you take this quiz.
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Ben Franklin discovered lightning by flying a kite with a key attached.
Franklin probably would have died if he were struck by lightning while flying such a kite. He likely flew the kite before the storm and checked the key after to show that ligtning is an electric phenomenon.
Coca-Cola was originally cough syrup.
Coke was originally a syrup, invented by pharmacist John Stith. It was never meant as medicine, though a local store mixed Stiths creation with carbonated water and sold it for five cents a glass.
The first car invented was Fords Model T.
In 1886, Karl Benz patented the first gas-fueled car in Germany. Ford introduced the Model T in 1908 and popularized the automobile in America.
Alexander Graham Bell discovered that his new invention, the telephone, worked because he spilled acid on his clothes and his partner heard his shouts in another room.
As Bell shouted, his partner Thomas Watson heard his voice through a wire immersed in conducting fluid.
Einstein moved to New Jersey to escape the Nazis during WWII.
Einstein fled Germany after the Nazi Party branded his Theory of Relativity Jewish Physics and published books against him.
Thomas Edison only invented the light bulb.
Edison patented over 1,000 inventions, created a system for widely distributing power and electricity and improved the phonograph.
The atomic bomb was invented under a top-secret government project.
The Manhattan Project resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb, which brought an end to World War II and horrific destruction to two Japanese cities.
The airplane flown by the Wright brothers used bicycle chains.
Although the brothers owned a bike shop, the chains were actually heavy duty. Bicycle chains wouldn’t have withstood the power of the planes engine.
Eli Whitney, son of a farmer and inventor of the cotton gin, had no high school or college education.
Whitney graduated from Yale in 1792.
The smallpox vaccine was developed after its developer noticed that milkmaids didnt get smallpox.
Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids were exposed to cowpox, which made them immune to smallpox.
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