Happy Australia Day
Wishing all blippers everywhere a Happy Australia Day.
Most of you know that our first peoples invented the Boomerang -the first aerofoil weapon (and toy)
But here's a few other things that Aussies have invented over the years.
1838 - Pre-paid postage
1856 - Refrigerator
1874 - Underwater torpedo
1889 - Electric drill
1902 - Notepad
1906 - Feature film
1912 - Battlefield Tank
1928 - Electronic Pacemaker
1930 - Clapperboard (the thing they snap shut in front of a movie camera)
1940 - Zinc Cream
1943 - Splayd - The combination of knife, fork and spoon (Americans know them as Sporks)
1945 - Hills Hoist - The famous rotary clothes line with a winding mechanism.
1953 - Solar hot water
1958 - Black box flight recorder
1961 - Ultrasound Scanner
1965 - Inflatable escape slide
1965 - Wine cask
1970 - Staysharp self-sharpening knife
1971 - Variable rack and pinion steering
1972 - Power board - allows multiple electrical devices to be powered where only a single wall socket is available.
1979 - RaceCam - As seen in all motorsports and may other sports as well
1980 - Dual flush toilet. In Australia now responsible for saving in excess of 32000 litres of water per household per year.
1984 - Baby Safety Capsule
1988 - Polymer banknote
1992 - Multi-focal contact lens
1992 - Product Activation - (digital distribution of software)
1992 - Wi-Fi
Also don't forget the swimming stroke now called Freestyle was once the Australian Crawl. And voting in private (ie: not a show of hands) was called an Australian Ballot
So if you used any of these products today, where ever you are in the world, raise your glass to the Aussies.
And what better way to celebrate Australia day 2013 than a blip of a Danish designed building with a Chinese printed flag superimposed :)
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