In Illinois, you had no idea these six inventions were created.

Illinois Does Not Get Credit For Being A Home For Inventions

I have to admit it, I personally do not believe I give Illinois enough credit when it comes to things like inventions and creativity, especially in the world of technology. I picture places like the east coast, California, Europe, or Asia. On my list, Illinois is ranked pretty low.

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Illinois Is Home To Many Inventions

I really need to start giving Illinois some more props because many great and helpful inventions have been created in our state. I have recently just found that out, so I picked out a few that might actually surprise you.

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6 Popular Inventions You Had No Idea Were Created In Illinois

#1 Cellphone

According  to britannica.com,

In 1973, the cellphone was invented by Marty Cooper in Illinois.

Imagine the world of communication without cellphones. What would people do with their free time?

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#2 Zipper

According to lemelson.mit.edu,

In 1893, the zipper was invented by Whitcomb Judson in Illinois.

The fashion industry would have to rethink a lot of styles without the zipper. I could not handle all button fly jeans.

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#3 Coffee Maker

According to radaris.com, 

In 1930, the coffee maker was invented by Inez Pierce.

It helped make coffee the breakfast of champions. You think the line at Starbucks is long now, what if they were still making it by hand.

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#4 Electric Laundry Machine

According to someinterestingfacts.com, 

In 1908, the electric laundry machine was invented by Hurley Machine Company in Illinois.

When your washing machine is broken, cleaning your clothes becomes a big problem. If you hate doing laundry now, imagine doing it by hand.

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#5 Spray Paint

According to thoughtco.com,

In 1947, spray paint was invented by Edward Seymour in Illinois.

When trying to paint simple projects, spray paint does make it much easier. There would definitely be less graffiti without it.

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#6 Ferris Wheel

According to explorepahistory.com, 

In 1893, the Ferris Wheel was invented by George Ferris in Illinois.

The Ferris Wheel is one of the most popular rides at carnivals. It would be much harder to get your first kiss on the tilt-a-whirl.

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That is a pretty impressive list of things invented in Illinois.

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