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Originally posted by elenos elenos wrote:

Good thinking pinquin. I'd stay at home and go nowhere without my clothes as well, even down the street!
 
Besides, try to go to the artic nude. Perhaps not only your nose, but your pride would get frozen.
 
 
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Errm, as incredible as it sounds, Elanos is correct.  Cobbs were used in the toilet.  The husks were generally fed to the animals.  I have excavated enough privy sites to know this one first hand.
I'll take your word for it, lol. I only read the opposite, but you are much more wiser then I am redclay.Smile
 
I only know what I have found in privy sites over the years, and also anectdotal reports from my rural relatives when I was a kid.  People must have been made of tougher stuff back then.Big%20smile
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I only know what I have found in privy sites over the years, and also anectdotal reports from my rural relatives when I was a kid.  People must have been made of tougher stuff back then.Big%20smile
 
Perhaps hemorroids were more common back then LOL
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Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

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I only know what I have found in privy sites over the years, and also anectdotal reports from my rural relatives when I was a kid.  People must have been made of tougher stuff back then.Big%20smile
 
Perhaps hemorroids were more common back then LOL
 
 
 Considering the consistancy of dried corncob maybe they didn't have that problem.Pinch
 
Actually there was a recipe for preparing cobs for use in the little shack out back.  They soaked them in a solution of ash and other substances.  This made them swell and upon drying were quite fluffy.  They also separated them into 2 groups, reddish brown and light cream colored.  The idea being you first used a brown one and then a cream colored one to see if you needed another brown one.    Source-  Foxfire Publications.
 
 
 
 
 


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Originally posted by Sun Tzu Sun Tzu wrote:

ehh tough question, umm fire? not sure if it was invented or just happened.
 
If invented, it wasn't by Homo Sapiens Sapiens but probably Homo Erectus, Neardhentals or who knows...
 
 
What is known is that Barbecue was invented the same day. Big%20smile
 
 
 
 
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Agriculture was humanity's greatest invention. It allowed people to settle in one area for longer periods of time and it ended the hunting-gathering way of life.
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1)  Lithic tools
2) Fire
3)  The dog, Man's best friend
4)  Fermentation
5)  Agriculture (could be viewed as man's worst invention as well)


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3)  The dog, Man's best friend
 
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Agriculture

Combustion Engine

Gunpowder-- Though maybe not. More just a military revolution.

My best guess.



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For me, humanity greatest invention is the alphabet. I got to that conviction after reading a book called "The alphabet effect", that explained how modern society is the result of the impact of that invention in the world.
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Originally posted by red clay red clay wrote:

Originally posted by pinguin pinguin wrote:

Originally posted by Sun Tzu Sun Tzu wrote:

ehh tough question, umm fire? not sure if it was invented or just happened.
 
If invented, it wasn't by Homo Sapiens Sapiens but probably Homo Erectus, Neardhentals or who knows...
 
What is known is that Barbecue was invented the same day. Big%20smile
Texas or California-styleThumbs%20Down maybe, but not Carolina style Thumbs%20Up.
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I would have nominated 'speech' as the greatest invention, and one being unique to one life form, and what is blatantly the most powerful tool in the known universe. Metals are a derivitive of speech.
 
However, I don't see speech as an invention [it did not appear from grunts and coo's]. Speech appears an inherent trait in one only life form, and it seems to have emerged suddenly and in an already advanced form.
 
I would nominate the idea of Monotheism and Creationism as humanity's greatest thought. This seems very basic and we take it for granted - but in its space-time, it was the single most strange thought of all, and resulted in serial wars and variant belief systems. Today, some 4000 years since Abraham, we still have no alternative to Monotheism and Creationism, despite our best state of art sciences. This factor is greater than Newton's laws of Einstein's MC2 - in fact these derived from the premise of Monotheism.
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Good choice. The first alphabetical 'books' is the OT. Book being a continueing, multi-page narrative. The OT also came with numerals inclusive in its alphabeticals, and able to perform cencus counts in the millions, with gender and age sub-totals.
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If we are speaking of physical rather than abstract things, I'd have to agree with Francis Bacon when he states the compass, gunpowder and the printing press. However, navigators need almanacs and maps, and powder-mixers and gunsmiths need treatises on their art. Therefore, I'd probably have to say that in physical objects, the printing press...and certainly the microchip!



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One of my friends says "Fleshlight". I have no idea what the f. it is.
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Quote   I'd have to agree with Francis Bacon when he states the compass, gunpowder and the printing press
 
These are effects of speech, because they would not occur w/o it. Compass and gunpowder are extensions of knowing where you live and discovering fire burns. Humans became the most superior life form because they acquired the most powerful weapon in the universe: speech.
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other than the obvious:
 
electricity
internet
direct debit
tampons
 
electricity  being  the greatest.
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I believe the compass is one of those things that's been with man from very early on.  Discovered I think rather than invented.    That leaves gunpowder and Archimedes Screw.  Without either, our world would be quite different. 
 
 
 
 
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There is an indication all discoveries are critically alligned to their space-time and requirement, and that not a single discovery came before it's time. They appear to just pop into someone's minds, and its eureka! It appears its not voluntary and we cannot stop it from happening, and many times these occur by accident. Its like rainfall. Perhaps someone is preparing humanity for a future which will require a certain vocabulary.
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