Sometimes the simplest inventions have the biggest impact on the world. That’s the case for the match, the brassier, the zipper, the smoke detector and the remote control. Although their inventors didn’t know it at the time and didn’t profit from them, these gadgets are now ubiquitous around the world.
The first ever match was created by Jean Chancel in 1805. He was an assistant to a professor in Paris. The original match was ignited when the tip was dipped in a small asbestos bottle which contained sulfuric acid. Of course, the components made the match both expensive and dangerous. As a result, his original match did not catch on. In 1825 John Walker accidentally invented the first friction match, by accident. Although he was urged to patent his discovery, Walker refused, preferring for others to make matches for free. Walker never profited from the invention and died without being given proper credit. The lighter was actually created before the match ever became popular.
Originally posted 2016-05-27 19:51:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter