Did you know that the invention of the bicycle was actually an accident? And that the Post-it Note was created when a scientist forgot to bring along his memo pad? It's true! Browse through this list of eyebrow-arching facts about some famous inventions, and be sure to share them with your friends – they'll be amazed. Who knows, maybe you'll even inspire someone to come up with their own great idea!

Some inventions are so famous; you don't even need to mention them by name. But did you know that the invention of the ballpoint pen was met with skepticism and protests? Or that chocolate milk was once considered a medicinal drink? Check out these eyebrow-arching facts about some of history's most famous inventions. Who knows, you might learn something new!

If you're anything like us, you've probably wondered what the backstory is behind the goods you use on a daily basis. It turns out that many of those items have fascinating backstories. Like:

Umbrellas look French! GRACKED COM The first man in London to use an umbrella was publicly ridiculed. Jonas Hanway took out an umbrella in the early 1750s. People pelted him with garbage, calling him effeminate (or, worse, French).

NY Times

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