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Old May 11 2014, 07:18 PM   #16
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I'm surprised nobody thought of this yet
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Old May 11 2014, 10:05 PM   #17
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Margaret Knight didn't invent the paper bag, but the first paper bags weren't all that useful. For that, we have to thank Knight. Knight realized that paper bags should have a square bottom; when weight was distributed across the base in this way, the bags could carry more things.
In 1870, she created a wooden machine that would cut, fold and glue the square bottoms to paper bags. While she was working on an iron prototype of the machine to use for her application, she discovered that her design had been stolen by a man named Charles Annan, who had seen her wooden machine a few months earlier. She filed a patent interference suit against Annan, who claimed that there was no way that a woman could have developed such a complex machine. Knight used her notes and sketches to prove otherwise, and she was granted the patent for the device in 1871.

At the age of 12, Knight had developed a stop-motion device that would automatically bring industrial machines to a halt if something was caught on them, which prevented many injuries; all told, Knight was awarded more than 20 patents.

I had never heard of Knight until I went looking for a woman who had invented something.
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Old May 12 2014, 01:57 AM   #18
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Rhubarbodendron wrote: View Post
I'm surprised nobody thought of this yet
greatest. invention. EVER.
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Old May 12 2014, 10:04 AM   #19
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WWI Centenary is on, the first modern tank design, the Renault F17


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Old May 13 2014, 01:57 AM   #20
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Ok, I'm going to leave this open until Wednesday to give everyone time to come up with something. I'll put up the poll that evening.
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Old May 13 2014, 04:07 AM   #21
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World's first known compass, from China:

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Old May 13 2014, 09:10 PM   #22
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Hey Locutus, I think that one might be larger than the allowed dimensions
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Old May 13 2014, 09:19 PM   #23
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It's 150x150 and only 59kb. I think the perspective makes it look bigger than it is.
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Old May 13 2014, 09:31 PM   #24
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Heh, you're right. Nice illusion
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Old May 15 2014, 10:08 AM   #25
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And the Voting Thread is up here.
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