5 Inventions That Weren’t First Invented By Their Inventors

…and the real guys who should have taken the cred.

1. 1. The Telescope - Attributed to: Galileo

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” - Galileo

Betchya Galileo didn’t want THIS truth discovered. The real brain behind the game was this guy:

2. Hans Lippershey

..who in 1608, whipped up an invention for “seeing things far away as if they were nearby”

3. 2. The Lightbulb - Attributed to: Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Edison

Seems like the real guy gave up too soon. The long face says it all:

4. Sir Humphry Davy

…who in 1815 refused to patent his lamp. He also claimed to “have learned more from [his] mistakes than [his] successes.”

Mhm, sure he did….

5. 3. The Telephone - Attributed to: Alexander Graham Bell

“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.” - Bell

Doesn’t quite seem like any sort of cooperation went down, especially after THIS guy filed suit:

6. Antonio Meucci

…who only needed $20 more for a patent. This one tastes a little fishy though - for he filed patents in 1872, ‘73, ‘75, and ‘76.

..man shoulda pRiOrItIzEd

7. 4. The Airplane - Attributed to: The Wright Bros.

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” - Orville Wright

Unfortunately the real guy (literally) crashed and burned - well, not burned thank gawd:

8. Richard Pearse

…who in 1903, crashed into a hedge and called it a day. He shrubbed it off, to say the least.

hehe

9. 5. The Car - Attributed to: Henry Ford

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” - Ford

Must have been BFFs with this Kerl* :

*translation: German for “guy”

10. Karl Benz

…who in 1886, drove that first 3-wheeled ride like the true boss that he was*

*see stache for further details

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