When you think of the invention of the lightbulb, surely Thomas Edison's name comes to mind first. (Whether or not it was really he who invented it is another thing...) Not so fast! You have a man named Lewis Latimer to thank for giving the bulb a serious and necessary upgrade.
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Lonnie Johnson, a NASA scientist, invented the Super Soaker. 00:13
Benjamin Thornton created a predecessor to the answering machine, which was a device that attached to a phone and recorded calls. 01:11
Lewis Latimer improved on the carbon filaments in light bulbs, ensuring that Edison's bulbs lasted much longer than they had in the past. 01:40