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  • fdx

    Great list, love the irony of your introduction. Some people still think China is a third world country while it’s far from the truth.

    • Shannon

      The intro is the hardest part for me to write usually and I always leave it to be written last, so I’m glad you liked it!

      • Mark

        I thought it was well done too. Short and simple and on to the list!

    • fdx

      yes of course, just like Alabama and also, Africa is a country

  • What no props from our usually disgruntled international crowd, who feels that we focus too much on the USA? An all China list get’s nothing? I’m a bit disappointed. 😉

    This was a fascinating list, I thought. The fork threw me for a loop.

    • Not Chinese

      This list is not American enough. We all know Americans did these things first. As a side note, someone really needs to find a way to convey sarcasm in text.

      Good list though, nice to take a break from all the Olympic lists(sorry I only visit every couple days).

    • ParusMajor

      Don’t you want us (the international crowd) to read your site, TopTenzMaster? This list was great, although the author forgot that China (probably) also invented Kung Fu movies. Or maybe it was Hong Kong, who knows? Some of the lists focusing on the USA on this site are good as well. They’re just not that relevant to us “foreigners”. 😀

  • Ricardo


    • Mark

      I guess Chinese characters don’t work on this blog.

  • Ricardo

    i meant to say this list is too chinese in chinese…

    It would be so clever…..

    • Shannon

      Leave the cleverness to the Chinese, clearly! 🙂

      • brielle

        yo this website mad awesommmmeeeee thnks for all the facts 🙂 😉

    • ParusMajor

      Using Google translate: ????????

      • ParusMajor

        Oh, question marks? Those was Chinese characters when I posted…

        • ParusMajor

          Oh, I get it, the same thing happened to Ricardo. Damn! 😀

          • Sorry, I would have to edit some core files to make this work and then remember to do it every time I did an update. The effort is appreciated.

  • KB

    I cannot read this list. It seems to be in some foreign script that I do not recognize. Mandarin, perharps? Time for Google Translate!

  • TriviaFan

    China may have invented the toilet itself:

    One thing China did not invent was the fortune cookie, that most famous of treats featured at Chinese-American restaurants. 🙂

    • Mark

      I never knew. I wonder if they serve fortune cookies in China now?

      From Wikipedia: Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China. The exact provenance of fortune cookies is unclear, though various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century, basing their recipe on a traditional Japanese cracker. Fortune cookies have been summarized as being “introduced by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese, but ultimately … consumed by Americans.”

    • Shannon

      Thanks for pointing that out. I knew that they weren’t a traditional Chinese custom, which is why I chose to make fun of people thinking that they were. However, sometimes it’s hard to remember that not everyone shares one’s own personal knowledge base! 🙂

  • CJB

    Wow, you guys are a lot nicer than the posters over at They get downright MEAN.

    • Shannon

      People on this list are pretty tame so far, but if you check out the 1000th list, you can see where there have been a couple of nasty wars in the comment boards. Heck, people got kind of nasty in the comments of my first list about words that you thought were English (or something to that effect.)

      • ParusMajor

        Well.. I’m a fan of both sites, and I sometimes make a comment at Listverse, too. (Don’t ban me please for that, TopTenzMaster, I said I like BOTH sites.) I must agree that the flame wars at LV get pretty bad sometimes…

        • You know, I used to block all mentions of because I know Jamie (owner of LV) didn’t allow comments about (as I was told by others), but I have gotten over that and I belive LV is a very good site, so why not give credit. I allow links to many sites from The Internet is a big enough place for many quality sites. I feel LV and are both good sites. I have personal issues with Jamie, but that doesn’t mean LV isn’t a good site. It is and congrats to Jamie for being smart enough and hard working to build it into an empire of sorts.

          I keep a tight rein on the comments because I don’t want to turn this site into a flame war site and I like to keep my site PG-13 for my own peace of mind and as a good example that a site can be clean and still fun and popular.

          • ParusMajor

            I don’t know what your “personal issues” with JamieF are, although I suspect that has something to do with the fact that you’re a Christian and he’s an Atheist. Maybe it’s something else, I don’t know. But let me tell you: your site is brilliant! Having said that, I cannot lie and say Jamie’s site is bad… I wish well to both Toptenz and Listverse in the future 😀

            • I had no idea Jamie was an Atheist. He has been dishonest with me in the past (years ago), but I have forgiven him and moved on. I honestly don’t read LV now, so I can’t speak with personal experience to its current status, but when I read it many years ago, I liked it then. I assume from its large following, LV must be doing something right. 😉

            • ParusMajor

              One more thing: no, wait, 2 things:
              1. if my memory serves, I actually found Toptenz because someone mentioned it at the Listverse chatroom.. so there goes your argument that JF would have banned mentioning Toptenz.
              2. I am a nobody, but I’d like to have you as a Facebook fiend, TopTenzMaster. Sorry, I meant a friend. Well, whichevah. 😀

    • Oh, the comments here can get mean, I just take the time to remove any hostile, attacking and insulting comments (I’m sure I have missed a few over the past 4 years. Life it too short to invest time into hurting people, just because you can be anonymous. Glad you find the atmosphere less aggressive here at

  • Top 10 Lists

    I thought That Mongolians were Invented Paper Money.. Not Chinese

    • Shannon

      The Mongol empire was a part of the Chinese empire, and the Yuan Dynasty (the Mongols) was one of the dynasties to encourage paper money as a currency. When I went to look up information, I found an interesting factoid that the first emperor to really “enforce” paper money was Kublai Khan, who was a Mongol! If his currency wasn’t accepted by somebody, apparently he would order them to death.

      • Top 10 Lists

        No. Chinese Empire was Part of Mongol Empire..

        • Guy

          Nonetheless, the Chinese invented paper money before the Mongols took over China, by the Song Dynasty.

      • Sally

        China was a part of Mongol Empire! There was never any chinese empire! Mongols ruled china during Yuan Dynasty (Mongols), paper money invented by mongols!

        • If you can do it better, by all means, please submit a list. 🙂

  • Peter Boucher

    China invented toilet paper ?? China has now become my seecond favorite country next to The United States

  • redstick

    You mention “whip arrows” in your discussion of gunpowder. Takes me back; I remember making these things as a kid. Which tells you something about their range and power; but they might have been useful: cheap, easy to produce, nice for unaimed volleying. is a site dealing with these (and other sling instruments).

    It also seems to me that the Chinese invented a repeating cross-bow.

    • Shannon

      The Chinese invented many things that are the predecessors to weapons and technology that are used today. You could make a lot of top ten lists with just their military advancements!

  • brian

    Things that China invented first is redundant. You can invent something second. You should think harder about your list titles

    • There is more going on than you know. Titles are also used for securing search traffic which helps pay for the site and the articles you get to criticize every day. Sometimes our madness has a method.

  • Your last two pictures seem do not match the titles.

  • Means China is contributing to the world from the start and the most useful contribution is “toilet Paper”. 🙂 Hahahahah

    • When I was writing this originally, I wanted to title it “Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know China Invented” but in the end, it was changed. Toilet paper just seems like one of those things that doesn’t seem like it should have an origin, like drinking cow’s milk or Post-its! 🙂

  • doesn’t matter

    this was cool thank you it really helped with my project

  • derek

    thank you i liked it

  • Lars

    Love your article! Equipment and tools aside, most food including rice, noodles, ice-cream, tea were invented by the Chinese too!