2016-08-05
In celebration of the fact that we're currently giving away a brand new shiny iPad 2 (oh, you might like that? Please <a href="http://http://www.beliefnet.com/sweepstakes/ipad2giveaway.aspx">go here for details</a>), we present this clever quiz on some of the greatest technological innovations of all time.&nbsp;
1

How many personal computers are expected to be in use worldwide by the year 2014?

In June 2008, the number of worldwide personal computers in use was 1 billion. That number is expected to double by 2014.
2

Who invented the World Wide Web?

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee proposed the marriage of the internet to something he called “hypertext.” He was also responsible for developing URLs, HTML, and HTTP. You would not be reading this webpage today in this form if not for him.
3

What was the first video game console to truly introduce video games to the public on a mass market level?

Although Magnavox released the first home video game console in 1972 and Nintendo revitalized a flat-lining industry with the NES in 1985, the Atari 2600 (supported by games like Pacman and Space Invaders) was the first console to truly break out, having sold 10 million units by 1982.
4

What were the first words spoken over a telephone?

Alexander Graham Bell said the phrase to his assistant, Thomas Watson, who heard every word clearly from another room.
5

What were the first words spoken over a cell phone?

The first cell phone call was made by Martin Cooper of Motorola to his rival, Joel Engel of AT&T.
6

Since the iPod’s debut in 2001, approximately how many have been sold each hour?

As of January 2011, 304 million iPods have been sold worldwide, which works out to approximately 3,470 iPods an hour, every hour, for 10 years. And speaking of Apple, would you be interested in the iPad 2 we're currently giving away ?
7

Who first used the magnetic compass as a navigational device?

There is evidence that the Chinese and the Europeans invented the compass independent of one another in the 12th century, but many argue that the Chinese were first, their innovation later being transported to the European continent. Basically, no one really agrees.
8

How many years after the invention of the lead pencil was the eraser conceived of?

The lead pencil came about shortly after the discovery of an enormous graphite deposit in 1565 (there is, of course, no real lead in a lead pencil). It wasn’t until 1770, over 200 years later, that Edward Nairne, an English engineer, accidentally discovered the erasing properties of rubber.
9

What was the title of the first television program?

Television was “experimental” prior to 1941 (at which date the FCC officially activated two stations and permitted commercial advertising). The first narrative show, “The Queen’s Messenger,” however, was broadcast in 1928. It was 40 minutes long and consisted of two actors, two hand models, and three cameras. It was not particularly good.
10

What was photography pioneer William Talbot ‘s inspiration for creating some of the earliest photographs?

Talbot was pretty bummed about his drawing skills. He once called one of his sketches "melancholy to behold."
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