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10 Chinese Inventions That Changed The World
No.1 The Abacus
The Chinese are responsible for inventing the abacus.
It was developed as a counting device in 100 A.D.
Over the years improvements have been made to the device.
The abacus has a wooden frame and parallel rods.
Each of the rods holds beads.
The beads are worth values and the powers of 10.
Since the invention of the calculator the abacus hasn’t been used in counting.
It has however been turned into an exciting toy for toddlers.
No.2 Ice Cream
Ice cream is a delicious treat that is eaten all around the world.
It’s also one of the tastiest Chinese inventions that changed the world.
It’s actually no specific origin of ice cream.
We don’t even really know where it was invented.
但是 大量证据证明 它是中国人发明的
However, there’s a very good chance that it was the Chinese.
In 200 B.C.，
the Chinese invented a variation of the delicious cold treat,
using a frozen mixture of milk and rice.
According to the history books,
Marco Polo took the recipe for this frozen treat back to Europe.
He also took the recipe for noodles.
No.3 Playing Cards
If you love a good game of poker, you can thank the Chinese.
The first culture to use playing cards was the Chinese.
In imperial China, during the Tang Dynasty,
The royals play the leaf game
Back then, characters from novels were printed on the cards
There’re several scholars and historians of ancient China
that believe that playing cards were the first form of people currency
This is because both money and cards were often traded when betting
No.4 Toilet Paper
If you wanna thank someone for making it possible to wipe your butt after you use the bathroom
Well, you should thank the Chinese
Paper was invented in China in 200 B.C.
About 700 years later, the first use of toilet paper was documented
According to historians, toilet paper was reserved
for only the emperor and the imperial court
In 851 A.D.
An era of traveler passed through China
And he wrote that the Chinese don’t wash up with soap and water
After they’ve done their necessities
This is a nice way I’m saying going to the bathroom
He wrote that they only wiped themselves with paper
Considering that the Chinese invented toilet paper
It’s strange that most public restrooms in China
don’t provide toilet paper
The next time you have a burger in a barbecue
You can thank the Chinese people
During the 17th century, China created a sauce using spices and pickled fish
and called it “Ketchup”
When the sauce recipe moved to Indonesia and then Malaysia
A few things were changed
When the English explorers got their hands on the recipe in 1805
They added tomatoes and anchovies
By the middle of 1850, the anchovies were removed
The Chinese may not have invented the ketchup that we use today
However, they did get the ball rolling
No.6 The Umbrella
It was actually Egyptians who invented the first umbrella
By time Paul leaves the sticks
Unfortunately, these early umbrellas were not waterproof
The Egyptian umbrellas were better for blocking out the sun than the rain
The first waterproof umbrella was invented in China during the 11th century B.C.
They would take soak umbrellas and coat them with ?? and wax
Except the ?? will dry during the rain
Soon it caught on and everyone in China was carrying a waterproof umbrella
No.7 Nail Polish
The next time you get a manicure, you should thank the Chinese
Over 5000 years ago, during the Ming dynasty
Nail polish was invented
Back then, they use the combination of egg whites
Over the last 5000 years, we even proved the recipe quite a bit
However, it was the Chinese who first came up with the idea
No.8 The Flamethrower
If you’ve ever seen a good action movie with amazing explosions
Chances are you’ve seen a flamethrower
Which you may not know, though
is this weapon was invented in 919 A.D. in China
The weapon ran on a early form of gasoline
Which was called “fire oil”
This “fire oil” became famous quickly
Because it could not be doused by water
Unfortunately, for the Chinese military, this weapon
killed their enemies but them as well
Many soldiers were killed when violent winds swept the fire up
in their direction
The next time you have a 4th July firework display
Thank the Chinese
The Chinese were the ones who discovered the quick ignition
This is how they created gunpowder
Soon after they realized how useful gunpowder would be for military purposes
They realized it would be useful for special effects, too
during acrobat and magician shows
It didn’t take long for the rest of the world
to see how amazing fireworks work
Today, they are used for many holidays all over the world
No.10 Homemade Car
This is a homemade car designed and built by three Chinese college students
It’s one of the world’s smallest cars
And it’s capable of going 37 miles per hour
When you get in the car, someone will put the cover on
And you would steer from the inside
It’s not the safest motor transportation
Therefore the driver should wear a helmet
You don’t wanna hit a moving object
in 37 miles per hour without protection
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