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What Was the First Invention?

Postby inventor-x » Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:12 pm

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What do you Think was the First Invention?

What Inspired the Invention of the Wheel?
A Stick or a Rock?

Maybe the Moon or a piece of Fruit, Like an Apple with a Stem?

What had to Accompany the Invention of the Wheel?

Do you Think the Wheel can be Re-Invented?

Did the Wheel Inspire the Invention of the Ball?
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Postby Michelle » Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:09 pm

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I think the first invention was a pointy stick and then a pointy rock to use as tools.

Is there a right answer?

Re: What was the First Invention?

Postby Road Show » Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:55 pm

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inventor-x wrote:What do you think was the First Invention?

What Inspired the Invention of the Wheel?
A Stick or a Rock?

What had to Accompany the Invention of the Wheel?

Do you think the Wheel can be Re-Invented?

Did the Wheel Inspire the Invention of the Ball?


The Invention of the Wheel
By Mary Bellis

The wheel is everywhere on all our cars, trains, planes, machines, wagons, and most factory and farm equipment. What could we move without wheels? But as important as the wheel is as an invention, we don't know who exactly made the first wheel. The oldest wheel found in archeological excavations was discovered in what was Mesopotamia and is believed to be over fifty-five hundred years old.

The following steps and developments took place to invent a functioning wheel, more or less in this order:

Humans realized that heavy objects could be moved easier if something round (e.g. a tree log) was placed under it and the object rolled over it.

Humans also realized a way to move heavy objects, with an invention archeologists call the sledge. Logs or sticks were placed under an object and used to drag the heavy object, like a sled and a wedge put together.
Humans thought to use the round logs and a sledge together.
Humans used several logs or rollers in a row, dragging the sledge over one roller to the next.
With time the sledges started to wear grooves into the rollers and humans noticed that the grooved rollers actually worked better, carrying the object further. This was simple physics, if the grooves had a smaller circumference than the unworn parts of the roller, then dragging the sledge in the grooves required less energy to create a turning motion but created a greater distance covered when the larger part of the log roller turned.
The log roller was becoming a wheel, humans cut away the wood between the two inner grooves to create what is called an axle.
Wooden pegs were used to fix the sledge, so that when it rested on the rollers it did not move, but allowed the axle to turn in-between the pegs, the axle and wheels now created all the movement. These were the first carts.
Improvements to the cart were made. The pegs were replaced with holes carved into the cart frame, the axle was placed through the hole. This made it necessary for the larger wheels and thinner axle to be separate pieces. The wheels were attached to both sides of the axle.
Next. the fixed axle was invented, where the axle does not turn but is solidly connected to the cart frame. Only the wheels did the revolving by being fitted onto the axle in a way that allowed the wheels to rotate. Fixed axles made for stable carts that could turn corners better. By this time the wheel can be considered a complete invention.
( http://inventors.about.com/library/inve ... lwheel.htm )

I think the first invention was using rocks to kill and break open nuts. Followed soon after by the invention of clothing, such as an animal skin for warmth. As a man, I wonder if ear plugs were invented to drown out the constant and irritating chatter by females who hadn't yet learned how to nag intelligibly. :lol:

Postby Michelle » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:12 am

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As a man, I wonder if ear plugs were invented to drown out the constant and irritating chatter by females who hadn't yet learned how to nag intelligibly.


As a woman, I'd say it was a huge old rock to throw at the men. Or perhaps the sharp stick to prod the man to get off his butt and get something done.

:D

Postby Road Show » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:16 am

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Michelle wrote:
As a man, I wonder if ear plugs were invented to drown out the constant and irritating chatter by females who hadn't yet learned how to nag intelligibly.


As a woman, I'd say it was a huge old rock to throw at the men. Or perhaps the sharp stick to prod the man to get off his butt and get something done.

:D


LOL...Very good, Michelle! A great comeback!

Postby Michelle » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:26 am

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Hi Roadshow:

How are you doing?

Good to see you on the site this morning.

Roger and I were having a discussion of inventor groups and whether any are any good. Are you part of an inventor group?

Michelle

Postby Road Show » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:36 am

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Not part of an inventor group. I have had ideas my entire life, but lacked the resources to pursue most of them. Those that I did pursue, I let go since it eventually became clear that there was not as much potential vs. effort in the idea. It may have been just lack of confidence or excuses of having family or not enough time. Blah blah blah...

I am currently working on a new package design for the beverage industry that has some serious environmental and promotional advantages. Still nailing down the "players", but getting closer every day. I may apply for a state grant for recyling programs to fund the start.

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Wow, that sounds awesome. We actually are working with a guest blogger that is going to write for us about grants and other types of funding.

Perhaps you too will feel inspired to write about it as a guest blogger, once you have gone through your research and gone through the process?

Michelle

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Michelle wrote:Wow, that sounds awesome. We actually are working with a guest blogger that is going to write for us about grants and other types of funding.

Perhaps you too will feel inspired to write about it as a guest blogger, once you have gone through your research and gone through the process?

Michelle


I would be happy to share my experiences on this forum, in fact, as soon as I get a commitment from one potential "partner", I will start revealing more specifically what I am trying to do.

Postby Michelle » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:57 pm

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That would be much appreciated.
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