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    Irish Ingenuity

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    Flavoured Crisps

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    8 world-changing things you never knew were invented by Irish people

    We’re a brainy bunch.

    Sep 20th 2014, 1:00 PM[at]56,040[at]39

    IRISH PEOPLE HAVE been behind some of the most important inventions of our time. And we’re talking important items that have can be considered true gamechangers, like portable defibrillators and flavoured crisps.

    Let’s take a look at some of the best, shall we?

    1. Hypodermic syringe

    Source: Paul Seheult

    The hypodermic syringe was invented by Irish doctor Samuel Rynd in the 1840s. He came up with the device while treating a woman suffering from intense facial pain.

    He used it to make the first recorded subcutaneous (that’s medical speak for “below the skin”) injections in 1844 and later documented his pioneering treatment for the Dublin Medical Press.

    His thunder was subsequently stolen by Alexander Wood and[at]Charles Gabriel Pravaz, who are often credited with inventing the device in 1853. However, Rynd is now widely acknowledged as laying the groundwork and thus inventing the syringe.[at]And where would we be without them?

    2. Tattoo machine

    Source:[at]edison.rutgers.edu

    In 1891, a successful tattoo artist named Samuel O’Reilly patented the rotary tattoo machine. Based in New York, Samuel O’Reilly was an Irish immigrant with a tattoo parlour in Chinatown.

    Prior to his invention, tattooing was done by hand with the artist moving his hand up and down rhythmically 2-3 times per second. Needless to say, it was a painstaking process.

    O’Reilly theorised that[at]if the needles could be moved up and down automatically in a hand-held machine, this would make the process more efficient. He was correct and filed the patent in 1891, thus making him the inventor of the first modern tattoo machine.

    Tattooed hipsters, be grateful.

    3.[at]Flavoured crisps

    Source: AP/Press Association Images

    Imagine a world without brown Hula Hoops. Or Tayto. Or green Pringles. It’s not worth thinking about, really.[at]Crisps are pretty much the best.

    And we have an Irish man to thank for them. Joseph ‘Spud’ Murphy, the man behind Tayto, was the brains behind the delicacy. After much experimentation, Murphy came up with three crisp flavours – cheese & onion, barbecue and salt & vinegar.

    It revolutionised crisps and firms all over the world have since replicated Murphy’s innovation. (Before Murphy, the only crisp flavour you could get was “salt”

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    The battle tank and the modern tractor(Ferguson)?

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    Ireland should be the richest country in the world.
    It's capital is always Dublin.

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    They also invented Terry Wogan and those godawful, unfunny pikey sitcoms.

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    ^ There is potential for this thread to degenerate into an Irish joke fest.

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    If my memory serves me correctly,an Irisman discovered acetylene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    There is potential for this thread to degenerate into an Irish joke fest.
    I asked an Irishman to name 2 days of the week beginning with the letter T. He replied, today and tommora.
    No offence, I'm of Oirish decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    The battle tank and the modern tractor(Ferguson)?
    When the Brits were trying to decide what to call it someone struck by clarity said it looks like a water tank, and the name stuck. Or so I read, probably everyone has some historical claim to most things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    When the Brits were trying to decide what to call it someone struck by clarity said it looks like a water tank, and the name stuck. Or so I read, probably everyone has some historical claim to most things.
    To clarify...I think it was actually that the Irish came up with the first armored tank. Forgot to come back and correct my post.

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