We do not give a second thought to some inventions that are so much a part of our daily lives and we rely on them completely. The interesting part is that most of these inventions are from countries that are not expected by many. Here is a list of 10 great and indispensible inventions from all across the globe.

  1. Zero

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This number that adds so much to a digit was invented by India. And it is now a digit without which we cannot imagine calculations and counting!

  1. The World Wide Web

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The www or world wide web was invented by the Belgian and British scientists in 1960s at CERN, a European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

  1. Velcro

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The Velcro was invented by George de Mestral, an electrical engineer from Switzerland, in 1948. The name is derived from French words “velour” which means velvet and “crochet” which means hook.

  1. IMAX

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Have we ever wondered who invented the large screen we enjoy our movies on in a theatre? It was made possible by a Canadian company called IMAX Corporation.

  1. Military Bands

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This might not sound all that important to you, but did you know that Turkey is to be credited with military bands? The tradition originates from the Ottoman military bands of the 13th century.


  1. Buttons

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The invention of buttons is credited to the Indus Valley Civilisation which existed, where the present day Pakistan exists. So, Pakistan can be said to have invented buttons.

  1. Tranquiliser Guns

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The tranquiliser gun used to tranquilise animals was invented in the 1950s by Colin Murdoch from New Zealand. And it is used in place of blow darts and other indigenous techniques used for tranquilization earlier.

  1. Submarines

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The first submarine was designed for the US Navy and Royal Navy by Ireland’s John Philip Holland, an engineer who is regarded has the father of submarine designs of modern day.

  1. Glasses

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It is an interesting journey of the invention of glasses, which are indispensible to many, which is credited to Italy, Rome specifically. Its origin dates from Rome’s Emperor Nero to the mid 1200s which resemble the modern day glasses.

  1. Toilet Paper

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This important invention finds its origin in China where in the 6th century the first documented proof of using toilet paper was reported.

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