TIL that the toothbrush was found as the most essential invention of mankind, beating the car, the personal computer, the cellphone and the microwave, in a survey conducted by MIT.

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I find it odd that written language is not seen as the most essential invention of mankind.


..did you know that the toothbrush was invented in alabama? If it were invented anywhere else it would have been called a teethbrush.


Bad title. Does not match the content of the article. In the article it stated that they were asked “which of FIVE inventions Americans could not live without”. “The toothbrush, the car, the personal computer, the cell phone, and the microwave”


Pretty sure soap beats toothbrush. It’s basically soap in toothpaste (sodium lauryl sulfate). Soap has prevented an uncountable number of infections and deaths. Soap gave us our first hygiene standards.


The only thing this survey found was that the majority of respondents didn’t know what the word “essential” meant.