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Posted: 10/8/2004 3:08:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 3:08:29 PM EDT by Lockedon]
What do you think it is?

My vote goes for the internet. It will, and already has changed the way people receive information, and will most definately aid to enhance the education to many future generations. That and it really boosted my porno collection.
Either way I'd like to thank Al Gore!


But seriously. What do you think? Lightbulb? Cars for the masses? Please explain.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:09:17 PM EDT
Antibiotics.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:09:45 PM EDT
The Internet
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:16:05 PM EDT
Internet porn.

Seriously, semiconductors.

CW
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:16:43 PM EDT
M1 Garand?
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:16:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Antibiotics.



+1
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Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:18:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Witch_Doctor:
M1 Garand?





a firearm within four posts... i was waiting for that
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:18:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 3:21:19 PM EDT by TheCynic]

Originally Posted By Cold_Warrior:
Seriously, semiconductors.



More specifically, the transistor.


eta: or penicillin.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:19:40 PM EDT
Not exactly invented, but brought to mass production and it's modern use: The personal automobile.
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Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:26:02 PM EDT
Most important technical/scientific/theoretical physics achievement (along with monumental effort to put it into practice)--the Atomic Bomb/Atomic Energy

Most pervasive and most profound impact for ecomonic development--the mass produced automobile

Communications--Television

Powered Flight is in there somewhere--incredible effects on travel, economics, and perhaps the most effect on warfare

Machine Gun--radically changed warfare and the contemplation of warfare regarding mass casualties

I wonder if the 21st century will see so much technical discovery and achievement as the last.



Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:27:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Antibiotics.



+1 for Antibiotics - I am just coming off an infection in my blood that happened to settle in a very bad place...I am on Cipro and I can now snort Anthrax w/o fear.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:28:22 PM EDT
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Air Conditioning
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Pole Dancers
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:31:12 PM EDT
Shaven Pussy!!
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:31:48 PM EDT
Waste water treatment -- without that, there are no modern cities.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:33:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 3:49:52 PM EDT by Lockedon]
well this thread is heading south, so for some intellectual stimulation I'd like to share what in my opinion is THE most important invention ever:
Writing. Followed closely by the Printing press.


Keep it going though, good responses so far..
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:33:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Princeton:
Air Conditioning




Another great mind.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:35:46 PM EDT
the assembly line
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:37:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MK4Mod0:
Shaven Pussy!!hr


useless without pics...
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:37:49 PM EDT
20th? Tough question. My guess is refrigeration.

As far as the most "important" invention by man. I vote for the plow. Followed by the wheel.

Then the bikini
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:44:36 PM EDT
20th century - Not an item but... modern farming methods.

Ever - Fire
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:45:02 PM EDT
+1 transisters.

maybe more specifically computers.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:48:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By yobo:
20th century - Not an item but... modern farming methods.

Ever - Fire



I think fire was more of a discovery, wouldn't you say? but yes if it was an invention, it'd definately take the cake!
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:51:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Antibiotics.



Exactly...
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 3:53:58 PM EDT
1911
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:02:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Offspring:
Internet Porn



There I fixed it for you.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:17:31 PM EDT
greatest invention ever?

beer

greatest invention of the 20th century?

twentieth century beer, and the refrigeration to keep it nice and cold
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:23:02 PM EDT
Either penacillin or the pill. Both changed population growth dramatically. The second one had an extreme sociological impact.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:29:25 PM EDT
The mass produced flush toilet.
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Air Conditioning.
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PLASTIC
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Duct tape!!!
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electricity
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Boxer briefs...and Astroglide.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:40:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By scrum:
Either penacillin or the pill. Both changed population growth dramatically. The second one had an extreme sociological impact.



The pill has had little effect outside the Western World.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:40:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:40:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By scrum:
Either penacillin or the pill. Both changed population growth dramatically. The second one had an extreme sociological impact.





The pill must be THE most important drug humanity has ever cranked out....after all, it's known as THE pill!
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:42:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 4:46:19 PM EDT by Lockedon]

Originally Posted By mpearcex:
electricity



Discovery, not an invention. Its discovery also dates to prior the 20th century.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:45:17 PM EDT
Breast implants. Just think of the added beauty to the whole world.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 4:57:50 PM EDT
sk8nuts for sure. without them we would still be using two tools.

sk8nuts

and

ethernet
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:40:56 PM EDT
M1911.


j/k... I'd say transistor
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:42:12 PM EDT
The transistor
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:43:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2004 5:46:05 PM EDT by Killbot]
Oh, and we did not 'invent' antibodics - we found them.

Saying the invention of antibiotics is just as apt as saying the invention of gravity or the invention of blood.

Now, if you broaden the category to ‘discovery’, then fine – but to claim we invented them is BS.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:45:25 PM EDT
MICROWAVE OVEN!!

I would starve....
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:46:21 PM EDT
Semi-conductors, from which the transistors, integrated circuits, internet can not exist.
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TV dinners. After THEM...........................?

It's a whole new world skippy.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:48:25 PM EDT
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Nuclear Weapons

I'm using "greatest" in a different context here. Not in a cure for cancer sort of way but more like the biggest jaw dropper sort of way.
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