20 Everyday Things That Were Invented After Betty White Was Born
If you’re not familiar with who Betty White is, she’s a legendary American actress and comedian born all the way back on the 17th of January, 1922. She has been working in the entertainment industry for over 74 years now and even holds a Guinness World Record for having the longest TV career for a female entertainer. Throughout her career, Betty has starred in numerous films and even more TV shows, making her one of the most recognizable faces on the silver screens.
In just a few years, the actress will be celebrating her 100th birthday and some people were quick to point out that there are numerous everyday things that Betty is older than. I’m talking about things like penicillin, colored TV’s, and bubble gum – now that really puts her age into perspective! Check out some well-known everyday things that the actress is older than in the gallery below!
Some people pointed out that there are numerous everyday things that Betty White is older than – like sliced bread and colored TV’s
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Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by professor Alexander Fleming.
#2 Color Television
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June 25, 1951 was the day when CBS broadcast its first color TV show. Unfortunately, no one could tell because they all had black-and-white TV sets. The first program in color was called “Premiere.”
#3 Sliced Bread Was Invented In 1928
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Sliced bread was invented in 1928. Otto Frederick Rohwedder created the Chillicothe Baking Company, which sold the first loaf that utilized Rohwedder’s bread-slicing machine.
#4 The Electric Traffic Signal Was Created In 1923
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After witnessing an accident between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, African American inventor, Garrett Morgan, filed a U.S. patent for a traffic signal. Patent] was granted on 20 November 1923 for Morgan’s three-position traffic signal.
#5 Frozen Food
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Before 1929, frozen food was not a thing.
#6 Canned Beer
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Although we’ve had canned beverages since 1813, mass production of them only started in 1935.
#7 Scotch Tape
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1929 was the year when this life-saving tape was invented.
#8 Bubble Gum
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In 1928, Walter E. Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, was experimenting with new gum recipes. These experiments turned out to be successful.
#9 1957: Birth Control Pill
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Enovid, a drug the FDA approved for menstrual disorders, came with a warning: The mixture of synthetic progesterone and estrogen also prevents ovulation. Two years later, more than half a million American women were taking Enovid—and not all of them had cramps. In 1960, the FDA approved Enovid for use as the first oral contraceptive.
#10 Nuclear Fission
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The discovery of nuclear fission occurred in December 1938 by Lise Meitner, Otto Frisch, and Otto Hahn. Meitner and Frisch were physicists and Hahn was a nuclear chemist.
#11 Automatic Wristwatches
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Automatic wristwatches became a thing back in 1923.
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The first modern trampoline was built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold in 1936. Nissen was a gymnastics and diving competitor and Griswold was a tumbler on the gymnastics team.
#13 The Ballpoint Pen Was Invented In 1924
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#14 The Slinky
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In 1943, the mechanical engineer Richard James accidentally came up with the toy when he was trying to find a way of keeping products on ships undamaged.
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In 1927, Betty White was already five years old when the first jukebox that automatically shifted records was introduced to the public.
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In 1959, the world was introduced to Barbie.
#17 Bean Bag Chair
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1969 was the year of Woodstock and when beanbag chairs became a thing.
#18 Big Mac
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The Big Mac wasn’t introduced until 1967. McDonald’s was originally a hot dog stand that only turned to burger-making in 1948.
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LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938, by Dr. Albert Hoffman.
#20 Notebooks With Spiral Bindings Were Invented In 1924
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