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Bizarre Fact #191:
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The paper clip was patented by Norwegian inventor Johan Vaaler in 1899. Because Norway had no patent law at the time, he had to travel to Germany where he received his patent in 1900. His U.S. Patent was granted in 1901.

Bizarre Fact #192:
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The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.

Bizarre Fact #193:
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The patent number of the telephone is 174465.

Bizarre Fact #194:
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The pop top can was invented in Kettering, Ohio by Ermal Fraze.

Bizarre Fact #195:
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The power lawn mower was invented by Ransom E. Olds (of Oldsmobile fame) in 1915.

Bizarre Fact #196:
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The rickshaw was invented by the Reverend Jonathan Scobie, an American Baptist minister living in Yokohama, Japan, built the first model in 1869 in order to transport his invalid wife. Today it remains a common mode of transportation in the Orient.

Bizarre Fact #197:
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The Roman civilization invented the arch.

Bizarre Fact #198:
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The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.

Bizarre Fact #199:
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The same man who led the attack on the Alamo, Mexican Military General, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, is also credited with the invention of chewing gum.

Bizarre Fact #200:
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The shoe string was invented in England in 1790. Until then shoes were fastened with buckles.


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