General Knowledge - Inventions

Exercise :: Inventions - Section 1

  • Inventions - Section 1

The initials JCB on earth-moving equipment are those of the founder of the company that makes it. What is his name?

A. John Christopher Ballantyne
B. Joseph Cyril Bamford
C. John Christopher Baxter
D. Jack Croxford Baker

Answer: Option B


Joseph Cyril Bamford founded the company that makes these iconic machines in 1945, in a 12ft X 15ft garage in Staffordshire.


What treat was invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905?

A. Popsicle
B. Banana split
C. Cotton candy
D. Cracker Jacks

Answer: Option A


It was originally called the 'Epsicle' in his honor. (I can see why that name didn't catch on).


When was Milk Tray first introduced?

A. 1915
B. 1934
C. 1923
D. 1942

Answer: Option A


Milk Tray was introduced in 1915 in open boxes arranged on wooden trays. Today, with its distinctive purple and gold cartons and popularised by the "Man in Black" television adverts, its one of the most popular chocolate assortments.


When was the toothbrush invented?

A. 1770
B. 1765
C. 1790
D. 1742

Answer: Option A


The first toothbrush was made out of a bone and small brush, by jail prisoner William Addis of England.


What item of apparel was invented by Ellery Chun, a Hawaiian clothing merchant, in 1931?

A. String bikini
B. Muumuu
C. Aloha shirt
D. Capri pants

Answer: Option C


An Aloha shirt is a brightly colored tropical print shirt that is a popular souvenir of Hawaii.


Who invented Fountain Pen?

A. John J. Loud
B. Sir Frank Whittle
C. Lewis E. Waterman
D. Kirkpatrick Macmillan

Answer: Option C


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