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Were Flip-flops were invented in 1956 by brothers George and Ira Flop?

The chuckwagon (a cowboy's portable kitchen wagon used on the cattle trails) was invented by Charles Goodnight in 1866.

To barbecue means to slow-cook meat at a low temperature for a long time over wood or charcoal. In America, barbecue (or BBQ) originated in the late 1800's during Western cattle drives.

Russian chemist, Dmitri Mendeleev has been credited with the invention of the periodic table.

Ralph Teetor, a prolific (and blind) inventor, invented cruise control.

Philippe Mathieu invented the French Dip Sandwich in 1908, however, there are those who dispute this answer.

In 1930, the scientists at BASF developed a way to commercially manufacture polystyrene.

In 1860, Benjamin Franklin Sturtevant invented a machine to automate the manufacture of the wooden pegs used in shoemaking. He also invented the first exhaust fan that he installed in his Boston shop when the fine wood dust from his woodturner disturbed his employees.

Ambisonic or Surround Sound is a set of techniques, developed in the 1970s.

In 1920, Standard Oil Company (later Exxon) scientists in Linden, New Jersey, were trying to invent useful products from gasoline by-products. They produced isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol was the first commercial petrochemical (chemicals made from oil) ever made and became the new ExxonMobil Chemical Company's first product.

Aaron Montgomery Ward sent out his first mail order catalog in 1872.

The following information may or may not be true, since "legal pads" were never patented it is hard to say who really invented them first. Since the American Pad & Paper Company does claim to have invented the legal pad and no one else is claiming this, it is fair to give them the credit until proven otherwise.

Henry Ford invented the charcoal briquette in 1920 with the help of Thomas Edison. Ford is the man who popularized the gas-powered car in America and invented the assembly line for automobile manufacturing. Ford created the briquette from the wood scraps and sawdust from his car factory. E.G. Kingsford bought the invention and put the charcoal briquette into commercial production.

The original liquid soap was introduced in 1980 by Minnetonka Corporation. Minnetonka cornered the liquid soap market by buying up the entire supply of the plastic pumps needed for the liquid soap dispensers. The Colgate Company acquired the liquid soap business from Minnetonka and renamed the product Softsoap in 1987.

In 1976, Xavier Roberts invented 'Little Person' dolls, the first Cabbage Patch Kids.

Dr. C. D. Fleet, a physician from Lynchburg, Virginia, invented Chap Stick - The History of Chap Stick

The founder of L'Oreal, French chemist Eugene Schueller, invented the first sunscreen in 1936. Schueller also invented the first synthetic hair dye in 1907.

In 1948, twenty-year old Newman Darby first conceived of using a hand held sail and rig mounted on a universal joint, to control a small catamaran. He is considered the inventor of the first sailboard, also known as a windsurfer - The History of Windsurfing

In 1917, Ed Cox of San Francisco, an aluminum pot salesman, invented a pre-soaped pad with which to clean pots. As a way of introducing himself to potential new customers, Cox made the soap incrusted steel-wool pads as a calling card.

His wife named the soap pads S.O.S. or "Save Our Saucepans." Cox soon found out that the S.O.S pads were a hotter product than his pots and pans - History of Soap

The first chain saw was the osteotome, a surgical instrument for removing limbs, invented by the German inventor and doctor, Bernard Heine, around 1830. Andreas Stihl is most frequently credited as being the inventor of the mobile, motorized, chain saw (1926) - what we recognize as the modern chain saw - From Chain Saws

According to A Brief History of Surnames
"Originally, many surnames were created by identifying a persons relationship with another e.g. surname of: Johnson. (John's son). Other surnames identified where a person may have lived, or their occupation e.g. surname of: Nottingham (location: Nottingham, England) e.g. surname of: Blacksmith (the trade of 'Blacksmith')." If you are interested in surnames, please visit About's Genealogy expert for more information.

Herbert Lapidus of Westchester, New York, invented the odor-eater insole in the early 1970s. Lapidus claims he invented the product because his wife had very smelly feet. Odor-eaters are latex inner soles for shoes that contain activated charcoal to neutralize odors.

The name taxicab - usually abbreviated to taxi - derives from the taximeter, the instrument which measures the distance travelled - or time taken - thus allowing an accurate fare to be determined.

This device was invented by the German inventor, Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891.

"Bally Hoo" was the first coin-operated pinball game, it was introduced in 1931, invented by Raymond Maloney who founded the Bally Corporation. However, the term "pinball" was not used until 1936 - The History of Pinball