Human innovation sure is amazing. We’ve managed to figure out how to count, tell time, use (and abuse) nature’s resources to our advantage, and develop complex social structures… so complex that it boggles the mind to look back and try to imagine how we did it. Much like the way looking at your nose in the mirror for too long will make you feel like a surreal assortment of fleshy blobs, thinking about our longest-unquestioned customs will make you wonder just how our ancestors decided on that over the generations.

But who has the patience to think about such existential questions? Not you, you may think as you get up to get a snack, contemplating the impressive variety of salad toppings, sandwich fillings and sweets we’ve also managed to come up with as a civilization.

Here are some tweets cursing and praising the ingenuity of the "inventors" of the simplest concepts we take for granted. There may not be much historical accuracy to be found here, but sometimes it’s easier to blame some hypothetical guy.

#1

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Dannmace Report

chi-wei shen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Autocorrect is always ducking around with us, may it's inventor rust in peas.

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#2

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TheHyyyype Report

SkyTheImaginer
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You see that square? It's definitely a unicorn.

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#3

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daemonic3 Report

Martti Laurson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And later I can also enjoy those soggy bits.

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There are a lot of funny stories throughout history of how these old inventions came about, but it’s hard to tell which ones are rumors and which ones are true sometimes. While there’s a widespread legend that potato chips were accidentally invented in 1853 by a cook who felt like he couldn’t please a customer who demanded improbably thin fries and sent out what he thought were ruined crisps in frustration, investigation of the historic restaurant that claims this legend turns up some inconsistencies.

Historians did manage to find a New York Herald article praising an unidentified woman who worked at the restaurant and had a knack for frying potatoes a few years earlier than that, so it may be more likely that this great idea came to a potato pioneer who knew exactly what she was doing.

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KrangTNelson Report

Non-New-Toni-An
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mmmmm a bloody Mary with some salt, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco is soooooo good

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#14

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TheCensoredRock Report

Ilona
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Have you tried Dutch licorice? It's the best.

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#15

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ColdHeart_Prj Report

Ilona
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least in Dutch the name makes sense. Paraplu - derived from the French 'para pluie' which means 'against rain'. Which is exactly what an umbrella is used for.

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#17

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mattbooshell Report

El Dee
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Weird US bathrooms, happens literally NOWHERE ELSE lol!

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#18

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ChicksRule Report

#20

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llcoolstain Report

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thomas Midgley Jr. Invented leaded petrol and CFCs in fridges/aerosols. It would be interesting if you could quantify his impact on our world.

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#22

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HammerFist3 Report

Kim Mahood
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With cooking i always imagine someone accidentally dropped something in the fire/water/stood on some grains, tasted it and was like mmm!

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joshbuchea Report

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#26

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msgwenl Report

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its called I wish this really tough meat was edible, lets boil it to death and try to make it palatable by adding potatoes and other veg

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#29

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KylePlantEmoji Report

bryguy
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hmm the tree just isn't enough. What else do we have? Tinsel? Yup throw that on, what else? Pine cones? Yup.

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#30

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goodbeanalt Report

Narunaru
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Knowledge is power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu%E2%80%93Arabic_numeral_system

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