Old Inventions

It must've been so easy to invent things back in the day. A bunch of cavepeople walking around, no wheel in sight, like a bunch of idiots. One day, someone goes “hey, we should have a wheel!” Boom, consider yourself wheeled. Of course, the wheel is obvious. You've got to strap on your steampunk goggles and driving gloves to really get on some of these guys' levels. Inventing something out of a sci-fi book? That takes dedication. Inventing a cattle prod out of nowhere? That takes genius. And if you can manage to cause a moral panic over an invention, buddy, that's a Lifetime Achievement Award. None of these, of course, can hold a candle to the dentist who invented the cotton candy machine

5 Futuristic Technologies Invented in the Wrong Century

5 Futuristic Technologies Invented in the Wrong Century

Every once in a while the universe gets its wires so crossed that something we tend to think of as the far-fetched brainchild of some science fiction writer actually happened in the real world well before we ever saw it on a movie or TV screen.

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5 Bizarre Accidents That Helped Invent Modern Medicine

It turns out that some of the greatest discoveries in modern medicine didn't come about as a consequence of hundreds of dedicated doctors slaving away for hours in a lab. They occurred because people are often stupid, lazy, incompetent, unlucky or accident-prone.

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The 6 Most Badass Robots (Invented Before Electricity)

You might think that robots are strictly a 20th century invention, but you'd be sorely mistaken: At the same time that the human race thought stomach aches were just tiny, enchanted dwarfs casting hunger spells, a few brilliant souls (possibly aliens) were actually building full functional robots.

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