Invention Trivia Quiz Questions
Q: What landmark invention did Ts'ai Lun invent from bark and
hemp in the second century?
Q: What did "Art Fry invent after scraps of paper to mark tunes
in his hymnal kept falling out?
A: Post-it Notes.
Q: What did
Leonardo invent to check humidity while he worked on
the Last Supper fresco?
A: The hygrometer.
Q: What country was the first to register a
patent on polyester?
Q: What "foot doctor" held over 300 patents?
A: Dr. Scholl.
Q: What 1947 invention by Bell Telephone Laboratories spawned
A: The transistor.
Q: What disease prompted
vaccine inventor Dr. Jonas Salk to
come out of retirement in 1987?
Q: What was the occupation of cotton candy machine inventor
William James Morrison?
Italian astronomer invented the thermometer in
Q: What did George Nisser invent after observing high wire
performers bouncing on safety nets?
A: The trampoline.
Q: What century saw the invention of the shoelace?
A: The eighteenth.
Q: What name did George Eastman invent in 1888 because it
was easy to memorize, pronounce, and spell?
Q: What innovative inventor's Dymaaxion car could carry eleven
passengers, exceed 120 mph and get 30 miles per gallon in
A: Buckminster Fuller's.
Q: What type of structure did R. Buckminster Fuller patent in
A: The geodesic dome.
Q: What century saw Alexander Cummings issued the first
patent for a flush toilet?
A: The eighteenth.
Q: What portable device did James Spengler invent in 1907, using
a soap box, pillow case, a fan and tape?
A: The vacuum cleaner.
Q: What landmark invention eased farming chores for
Sumerians in 3500 B.C.?
A: The plow.
food product did Hyppolyte Merge-mouries invent in
1868 by treating oils with
Q: What British second lieutenant got the idea to fill a canister
shell with musket balls and a charge of
A: Sir Henry Shrapnel.
Q: Who averaged one patent for every three weeks of his
A: Thomas Edison.
Q: What kitchen invention took the top prize at the 1893 Chicago
A: The dishwasher.
Q: What company gave the world the first
Q: What Edwin Budding invention began changing the face of
English landscapes in the 1820s?
A: The lawn mower.
Q: What invention for keeping cold air out of buildings in
was patented by Theophilus Van Kannel in 1888?
A: The revolving door.
Q: What Benjamin Holt invention was good news to farmers in 1900?
A: The Tractor.