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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 4/4/2006 7:08:17 AM EDT
Invention Invasion: War Tech That Changed Life
Inventions that Began on the Battlefield Thrive in the Home


April 2, 2006 — - There's a new product in development that could change your nightly ritual forever.

The Wrigley Gum Company has paired up with the U.S. military to create an anti-bacterial chewing gum that actually cleans teeth so soldiers wouldn't have to stop what they're doing to brush their pearly whites.

If the military signs on to it, there's a good chance it will end up in your medicine cabinet one day.

When a military engineer patented the first crude steam engine when Americans were pushing west into the frontier, the trend of military inventions going mainstream began.

From trains to planes: The military's stealth jet technology may be on your feet. Many hiking boots are made from the same materials.

The "trench coat" got its name from soldiers in World War I who wore the military jackets in the trenches.

The microwave oven also was built with military technology.

Another military innovation can mean the difference between life and death -- the Medevac helicopter, pioneered during the Korean War.

The Hummer started out as the Humvee during the Persian Gulf War. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif. was the first civilian to own one.

But the mother of all military inventions is what one Pentagon official dubbed the "Intergalactic Network." That wild idea became the Internet -- undoubtedly the one military invention that changed our world the most.


abcnews.go.com/GMA/print?id=1796227
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:11:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 7:11:36 AM EDT by Triumph955i]
Does it clean your tongue after you eat a package of pixie stix?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:15:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 7:15:19 AM EDT by PBIR]
This isn't going to replace the toothbrush. Better than nothing if you are in a situation where you can't use one for whatever reason though I guess.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:21:56 AM EDT
Bleh, I hate chewing gum...

I'm not a cow, I don't feel the need to chew things.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:23:09 AM EDT
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