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  1. william
    william at |

    if I am not wrong, I thought China was first to invent moving clay printing blocks?

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  2. john
    john at |

    This author has the most obnoxiously horrible comma usage.

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  3. Matt
    Matt at |

    Was hoping to learn new things today but I knew 7 or so of them already

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    1. chris
      chris at |

      apparently 3 things dont count as new things?

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  4. John N
    John N at |

    GREAT list! I learned a lot from it.

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  5. Little_Sam
    Little_Sam at |

    Jaun Sebastion Elcano was the first mate under Magellan and should be properly credited with the first circumnavigation. He took over command after Magellan was killed.

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  6. Bob R
    Bob R at |

    Living not too far from Pensacola, FL, I’ve visited the US Navy’s Aviation Museum a few times. Among their many impressive exhibits is the NC-4, the first aircraft to complete a trans-Atlantic flight, although it was by no means non-stop. The trip took the best part of a month with the crew of the NC-4, and two other aircraft that didn’t complete the journey, flying from one service ship to the next for fuel, maintenance, and crew rest. Alcock and Brown made their non-stop flight a month later.

    BTW, the Navy Museum in Pensacola is a great place to visit. It’s not quite as impressive as the Air Force Museum in Ohio or the new Smithsonian aviation museum, but it’s still well worth the trip.

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  7. Nicholas
    Nicholas at |

    The president of the Continental Congress, and the president of the United States were two entirely different jobs. The president of the Continental Congress was just a moderator during meetings, so I think it is very inaccurate to say George Washington was not the first president just because both positions have the word ‘president’ in their title.

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  8. Nikter
    Nikter at |

    No offense meant here… but 5 of these exact ‘facts’ that are wrong have already been covered in a previous, near identical article (in terms of subject matter)…

    http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-most-famous-facts-that-are-wrong.php

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    1. Nikter
      Nikter at |

      It’s almost as though this “list of first’s that weren’t firsts” wasn’t first…. 🙂

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  9. FMH
    FMH at |

    Meucci wasn’t the first inventor of the telephone either. The telephone was something at least 7 different inventors worked on starting in the 1830’s. The first working one, though flawed, was made by Innocenzo Manzetti in 1844.
    Before Bell, Wilhelm Reis in 1861 made the most advanced model which could have been good enough for mass distribution, but he was just a teacher using it for class demonstrations. In the end, the telephone is something you can’t name a real first inventor, just as much as with the car or motorized flight (no, the Wrights probably weren’t the first ones.).

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    1. FMH
      FMH at |

      Reis should be mentioned since Bell had one of his telephones. Several Ries-telephones where sold to the US – not for communication, but as demonstration objects for acustics and electricity for schools. In the end, the mechanism was much different from Bell and Meucci’s, but the name “telephone” was Reis’ invention.

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      1. FMH
        FMH at |

        Sorry: Johann, not Wilhelm

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  10. Ninjaflame
    Ninjaflame at |

    Dude, i should totally show my history teacher this

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  11. DyNama
    DyNama at |

    Who exactly wasn’t the first with the Big Bang Theory?

    Sorry but it’s hard to give someone credit for being first if they develop it in secret and do nothing with it. Okay, “the first telephone” is actually shorthand for “the first commercially viable telephone that actually did sell”, which Bell did indeed invent. “The first lightbulb” is shorthand for “the first economically feasible lightbulb with a successful marketing plan”, and Edison gets that credit; i understand as part of the “invention of the lightbulb,” Edison also “invented” home wiring, fuseboxes, transformers, and distribution systems, using well-known principles of electricity.

    i recall Ripley debunking the first trans-atlantic flight by pointing out dirigibles had made the flight. And every schoolkid knows the Vikings had a colony here before vanishing. Maybe the Chinese were here too. No, i’m afraid this list seems more nitpicking than debunking.

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  12. Christina gilpin
    Christina gilpin at |

    theirs another reason george Washington wasn’t first. it took time for him to get to the capital. so his vice President had to take over presidential duties before Washington could be sworn in.

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