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The OLDEST Versions of Modern Technology!

Oh it’s 2019 we’re in the future think of all the wonderful things we’re going to invent okay well yes that’s true but it might surprise you to learn that a lot of the things that you think were invented recently were actually invented as far back as thousands of years ago seriously have you ever used an automatic door or GPS or for that matter Google Streetview yeah I know keep watching here are the ten oldest versions of modern technology number ten are automatic doors modern automatic sliding doors were invented in 1954 by Lou Hewitt and D Horton but they weren’t actually the first doors to open for a person on their own nearly two thousand years ago a genius mathematician in mechanical inventor named Heron of Alexandria or hero for short invented a way to have a door open itself automatically his idea involved steam and water pressure which were new concepts at the time a fire would be lit by a temple’s priest and its heat would build a pressure inside a brass container that pressure would in turn displace water already there the water would get pumped into some holding containers which would lower under the new weight of the liquid and slowly pull open the door the entire process took hours but to anyone watching the temple doors just opened all by themselves that would never work nowadays if something takes more than two seconds people are like come on honey boy I got things to do let’s go number nine is a route finder or navigation these days it seems most people would be unable to get from place to place without the assistance of a GPS I’m definitely one you know the global positioning system which has personally saved me many times that tells us where we are through the satellites at any in time before the invention of GPS however people relied on maps and have done so for thousands of years but in the early 1920s devices would appear that would bridge the gap wearable on the wrists the plus fours route finder consisted of two reels as well as an interchangeable map cartridge which kind of resembled a scroll users would wind the map as they traveled along and follow the streets as it was laid out on it 10 years later versions of this contraption came out meant for the car using the vehicles to speed the scroll would move accordingly one of those people that is very grateful for GPS right here cuz I get lost very easily I got lost in my hometown once that I grew up in now my whole life so Matt’s a simpleton number eight is an e-reader before Kindles began saving trees the only way to read a book was to purchase or borrow one right Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007 before which in 1998 its predecessor the rocket ebook was unsuccessfully sold by Nouveau media but neither of those were technically first that distinction goes to a product from the early 1920s Fisk’s reading machine terrible name i know but hear me out invented by rear admiral bradley Alan Fisk the reading machine was a metal handheld instrument with the magnifying glass for one eye and a small flip-out shield to block the sight of the other books were written in tiny fonts on a long thin strip that slid through the device and under the magnifying eyepiece one of the first books available for it was Mark Twain’s innocent abroad which was around 93 thousand words but fit onto thirteen cards again brilliant but something that would not last in today’s society ain’t nobody got time to be stared that I bothered to a little Oh mom I’m reading number seven is chewing gum when you think of chewing gum you likely think of a minty or sweet flavored candy full of preservatives to keep its consistency but it actually has a history that goes back thousands of years before juicy fruit Bazooka Joe and Trident there was a tree resin sweet grass and wax not nearly as appetizing as a stick of spearmint but was still enjoyed by the ancient Mayans and several other colonies centuries ago ancient Greeks began chewing master che which is made from the secretions of the mastic tree but the oldest pieces of gum ever discovered were found on what is today the island abhorrest in Sweden three wads of fossilized gum were found in total each of them made of birch resin experts claim the chewed up pieces are around 9,000 years old meaning that they date back to around 7,000 BC tree resin sounds nasty I don’t know if it was good or not but it feels like it would have been really sticky someone to be chewing it’d be like all right it just took my tooth out but hey it was tasty number six our vending machines we live in a world of convenience able to buy almost anything that we require from a machine everything from food and beverages to hygiene products toys and even marijuana can be purchased from vending machines there are actually places where you can get everything on your grocery list exclusively by using them Amazon anyone they’ve taken over the world all of that said were far from being the first human beings to live in a world that has automated machines that trade products for coins the first documented vending machine was established in ancient Egypt it was built sometime between 215 BC and 100 AD and housed inside a temple inside the city of Alexandria the automated device featured the system in which a worshipper would feed it a five drachma Greek coin and receive a small amount of holy water I just got a visual of someone popping in the coin and then just this little tube like a gerbil comes out goes number five is a toy car in a discovery that has quite a few archaeologists scratching their heads a collection of ancient items was uncovered in Mardin Turkey that included a tablet that served as a deed for the sale of a garden dolls working whistles and incredibly what appears to be a tiny car made of stone the car which researchers believed was a toy or model of some kind has two axles and four wheels complete with a space that looks like a windshield it more closely resembles a modern-day tractor than an automobile but obviously neither of those could have been used as inspiration to complete the artifact since it predates both of them by thousands of years the car was over 7,500 years old dating back to the Stone Age and many experts claim it’s the earliest evidence of the wheel being invented Oh food stones were real joy number four is a calculator watch while calculator watches would obviously be considered a 20th century invention and the Apple washes and fitbit’s 21st century ones none of them can be called the first tiny calculators that can be worn on the hand for that device we have to go back hundreds of years to the shang dynasty of the 17th century believe it or not the first wearable calculator was a super small abacus that was attached to a ring now nicknamed the smart ring the device was invented by an unidentified man in China who was clearly ahead of his time the abacus was only one point two centimetres in width so small it was nearly impossible to operate by hand instead requiring small pointy items such as pins to move each bead along one of seven rods still quick calculations while out on the town were still easily handled sounds smart but would drive me up the wall I had to just be like hold on let me calculate the tip five years later number three are hair extensions mmm I’ve been thinking about getting me some of those in 2014 some human remains uncovered in Egypt were being analyzed by researchers when a surprising discovery was made many of the skulls still had hair preserved on them however some of them had more than that they had hair extensions one skull belonged to a woman who lived over 3,300 years ago and had been buried shortly after the city she was found in Amarna was built she had a total of 70 extensions which were likely donated by multiple donors a number of other remains with extensions of various colors were also found whether they had their hair lengthened for everyday life or were simply given it for their funerals was unclear but what is clear is that ancient Egyptians had the ability to add hair extensions and practice doing so I wonder how they handled bald people like do they also have beards because you never see Egyptians with beards I definitely have to have a beard otherwise it’s just an infinite loop of face number two is Google Earth and street views several decades before you were able to look at your home’s roof using Google Earth or at your front door with Google Street View there were actually methods of doing just that only much more difficult to obtain in 1908 dr.

Julius knew Bronner a German apothecary patented pigeon photography in which the birds would have small cameras strapped to their chests and would periodically take pictures while the animals were flying overhead the resulting aerial photos may have contained a few blurry feathers but they managed to show the area from above fast-forward to 1979 when a team of students and faculty from MIT attached a camera to a car and created the Aspen movie map the first version of Street view though only of Aspen Colorado so not as ancient as the rest of these but still pretty cool side note I’ve always wanted to travel to a cold place like Aspen maybe on a little scooter with a friend behind me that’s really dumb helmets on be like Samsonite I was way off if you didn’t get that reference please watch Dumb and Dumber what are you doing with your life and number one are your mama jokes over the years the your mama joke has evolved with more and more people adding their own brand of comedy to it to adapt to the changing times but while many of you may be thinking that the insult is something that was invented within the last 50 years or the Shakespeare fans may be crediting him with its creation it’s actually much older than any of you think it turns out the rude insult has been around for a very long time the oldest one discovered in modern-day Iraq in 1976 on a tablet that dates back over 3500 years that’s right the world’s first yo mama joke was etched into stone in ancient Babylon somewhere around 1500 BC it was inscribed by a student who was writing out six riddles on the tablet it’s hard to translate but experts agree that it’s definitely an attack on a mother’s dignity was that really a joke or does this guy really ticked off and he was just like your mama’s a you know what I can’t say it this is a family-friendly event

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