From the moment we are awoken by our alarm clock in the morning, right through to when we turn out the light before going to sleep, we use an enormous amount of inventions that make our day to day lives much easier. Many of these are relatively new inventions, whilst there are also dozens of ancient ones which are difficult to imagine living without. Usually, we do not think twice about these inventions as we use them and how they have changed the world. Today, however, we are showing our appreciation for 10 amazing inventions which are often overlooked.
Completely revolutionizing fashion and luggage, the zipper is used everyday but is often overlooked. Whether it is the zip of your pant fly, on a hoody, pencil-case or backpack, you know that the fabric is secure and you do not have to worry about it opening (which is particularly important when it comes to your pants). Perhaps it is overlooked because it is so quick and efficient, but prior to this creation a drawstring, hooks or buttons (another terrific invention) would need be used. Whitcomb L. Judson was the first to conceive and invent the workable zipper, and this initial design was known as the “hookless fastener.” The design became more reliable, and the onomatopoeic term “zipper” was first used in 1923. Through the use of a slider, rows of protruding teeth could be interlocked and a Y shaped channel in the slider meshes together or separates the teeth depending on the direction of the slider’s movement.