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Top 100 Gadgets of All Time

This title sounds like something a Madden might say. But no doubt Mobile magazine has done a fine job of backing it up. Their list of Gadgets is very comprehensive and hard to argue with. Take a look and add your favorites and disagreements to the comments section.

DavidHistories06/09/05 3 comments

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Dan • 06/10/05 4:52 PM:

My favorite so far is #79, the TASER X26.

Though Jules Verne wrote about a gun that shot electric bullets in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Taser’s name comes from another book, written by Victor Appleton in 1911, called Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Our senior acronym cryptologist broke down the name as follows: Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle, or Taser.
Dad • 06/11/05 2:19 PM:

I gotta go with # 64, US Army P-38 can opener. I used to carry one on my key ring and can’t tell you how many times it bailed me out of tight situations where a can just had to be opened.

The abacus (I still have a couple) and the sextant (which I’ve always wanted to learn how to use) get honorable mention.

As I write this, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride that I’m doing it on an Apple Powerbook (albeit an updated model).

Dad • 07/16/05 9:40 AM:

I thought of this in rainy Ireland. How could they have missed the umbrella?

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