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Patented: History of Inventions
Patented: History of Inventions
History Hit

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What... more

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Vulture. Snake. Baboon in a Basket. Get ready for hieroglyphs, history, and hilarity as Dallas talks to Egyptologist Chris Naunton.We... more

04 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Stone Tools: The First Ever Invention

Stone Tools are technology 1.0. They’re where it all begins. For millions of years, Stone Tools were our primary piece... more

31 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Colours: from Cave Paint to Nanotube Black

There's a theory that the invention of paint had something to do with the dawn of humanity. We are on... more

28 May 2023 · 40 minutes
Inventing Disneyland: The First Themepark

Giant mouse ears at the ready, we're off to Disneyland! Hop on board and travel with us inside Walt Disney's... more

24 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Rise and Fall of Encyclopedias

The 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1974, cost $32 million to create. The largest investment in publishing... more

21 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Inventing Bond: Wiretapping

We live in a world where everything is bugged. We all know we are being monitored. The surprising thing is... more

17 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Chicken Nuggets: A Bitesized History

The most famous chicken nugget of them all, the McDonald’s McNugget, turns 40 this year. So we’re asking, who invented... more

14 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Inventing Bond: Cocktails

It's Cocktail Hour! In honour of James Bond we ask who invented cocktails? Have they always been a cool thing... more

10 May 2023 · 30 minutes

In this story, the cart really does come before the horse. Horse transport doesn't begin with people riding around on... more

07 May 2023 · 29 minutes
First King of England

Who was the first King of England? Who invented a place called 'England' anyway? And what on earth are the... more

03 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Electric Motors & Michael Faraday

How’s this for a CV? 1821 - invented the Electric Motor. 1831 - invented the Electric Generator. Oh, and I... more

30 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Inventing Bond: Cars

Fast and sleek with a satisfying rumble in the engine. What else could you want from a car?Well, for James... more

26 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes

The Book. It’s the most powerful object in history (sorry Sword fans). But how did it come to be? And... more

23 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
Inventing Bond: Gadgets

Dagger shoes, Lipstick gas grenade, Razor rimmed hat, Milk bottle Grenade…Prosthetic Nipple.We’re continuing our exploration of the inventions that have... more

19 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes

Get ready for the story of how the telegraph went from a long line of monks holding hands to a... more

16 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
Inventing Bond: The Real Q

Well before Bond was lasering and limboing himself out of fictional situations, these were the questions faced by the British... more

12 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes

Why did Sigmund Freud want a vasectomy at 67 years old? Why were goat gonads all the rage in the... more

09 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes

Get ready for the coming of our robot overlords by listening to this episode all about the history of AI.... more

05 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
April Fool's Day

When does spaghetti grow on trees? When can you milk a duck? When does Google read your brainwaves? On April... more

02 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Fish Tanks and Aquariums

Early aquariums didn't have much more in them than some sorry looking trout. Yet such was the excitement at being... more

29 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Ouija Board

The Ouija Board was patented in 1890. But in did not appear out of thin air. It was only one... more

26 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
The Electric Chair

In 1890, the Governor of New York called for a new method of capital punishment. A more modern, efficient, scientific... more

22 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Tabasco Sauce

Every bottle of Tabasco sauce on earth comes from one place - Avery Island, deep down in Louisiana. The same... more

19 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes

Concrete is the second most used material on earth after only water. There are more than half a trillion tons... more

15 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Cold War Origins of Tanks in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is being fought with tanks designed in the Cold War. The US Abrams. The German Leopard.... more

12 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
The First Computer Program

This is the story of the first modern computer program and the extraordinary woman who wrote it, Klara von Neumann.The... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes

The keyboard on the first ever commercially successful typewriter and the keyboard on your smartphone are separated by a gulf... more

05 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
Filing Cabinets: How They Changed the World

It’s perhaps the most overlooked invention of all time. Consigned to a forgotten corner in the basement of history. The... more

01 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Instant Noodles

In the year 2000 Japan was asked what its greatest invention of the twentieth century was. They had a LOT... more

26 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
The Rise and Fall of the BlackBerry

At its peak, the BlackBerry was the world’s most popular smartphone with almost 50% of the US market. They were... more

22 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes

If God invented Heaven and Earth, then who invented God? To explain how gods ‘are invented’, how they evolve and... more

19 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
Archimedes & the Eureka! moment

It’s the most famous bath of all time. But what exactly was Archimedes so excited about?We discover the truth behind... more

15 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
Snakes & Ladders: Tantric Mysticism, Cosmic Serpents and the Meaning of Life

It turns out that all those times you played Snakes and Ladders (Chutes and Ladders) as a child you were... more

12 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes

Exactly when, where, how, why our ancient ancestors ‘invented’ farming is one of the great questions of archaeology.Surely if we... more

08 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Spam: Birth of a Monster

Spam Spam Spam, glorious Spam! Who invented Spam Emails? Just how much Spam activity is there online? And how will... more

05 Feb 2023 · 41 minutes

Fonts are usually invisible to us; we absorb the written word without noticing the medium (unless someone sends you an... more

01 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
The IQ Test

How would you feel if you found out you had a very high or a very low IQ? Would it... more

29 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes

It’s time to talk about the toilet, or crapper, or bog, or the john, head, the comfort station, khazi, dunny,... more

25 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Caesarean section

A hundred years ago next to no one was born via Caesarean Section. Today, one in five new arrivals on... more

22 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Sawing Someone in Half Trick

When this trick was first performed, ushers poured buckets of blood down the gutter outside the theatre to entice people... more

18 Jan 2023 · 30 minutes
Levi's Jeans

150 years ago a patent was lodged for the first ever pair of jeans (what we’d think of as jeans... more

15 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Sex (and the fish who invented it)

250 million years ago the armour-plated Placoderm fish invented the act of sex as we know it. Hubba Hubba. Dive... more

11 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes

You can argue that plastics were invented to save nature from human depredation…that plan backfired a bit!Early plastics were designed... more

08 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
Open Plan Office

The Open Plan Office. A little bit of you might die inside every time you hear those words. But we... more

04 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes

Today we’re bringing you an episode from Dan Snow’s History Hit. Normal Patented service will resume in the New Year.Accurate... more

28 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
Christmas Crackers

Ho ho ho! Come with us on a Christmas tale of invention as we talk to the world’s only Christmas... more

21 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes

There’s so many versions of Monopoly these days. Which one is the original? London? No. Atlantic City? Uh uh. The... more

18 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes

Today it’s a Tupperware party and you’re all invited! Tupperware epitomises the post-war suburban dream. But pop open the lid... more

14 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
Emojis 😊💩🍆

The hieroglyphs seem to hold a lot of secrets about Ancient Egyptians. What do emojis say about us? What on... more

11 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes

Why did the chicken cross the road? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Who invented the chicken anyway?We... more

07 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes

Who invented LEGO, the world's favourite toy? To find out we have to head to a Danish fishing village where... more

04 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes

CROISSANTS WEREN’T INVENTED IN FRANCE. Mon dieu! C’est pas vrai!Today Dallas finds out about the person responsible for bringing the... more

30 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes

Who invented aliens? We did. Each age invents its own. When we invented robots, aliens became robotic beings. In the... more

27 Nov 2022 · 41 minutes
Roller Coasters

The world’s first Loop-the-Loop roller coaster gave so many people whiplash that they kept a medical team on the payroll.Find... more

23 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Frozen Food

The Frozen Food industry was invented by the Birdseye company. And that company was started by a living breathing Birdseye;... more

20 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes

***Real life inventor alert*** We speak to Rick Priestley the co-creator of the weird world of Warhammer where valiant humans,... more

16 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes

Hold onto your fishing rods guys. We’re tracking down the origins of batteries and it turns out it has a... more

13 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Canned Food

Hope you’re hungry because today we’re opening a can of historical worms as we discover the origins of canned food. How... more

09 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes

They were cigars the size of ocean liners that floated through the clouds. Cow intestines filled with hydrogen held them... more

06 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
Online Advertising

What was the first ever internet ad? When was the last time someone actually clicked on one? What happened to... more

02 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Patented: History of Inventions
Patented: History of Inventions

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CROISSANTS WEREN’T INVENTED IN FRANCE. Mon dieu! C’est pas vrai!Today Dallas finds out about the person responsible for bringing the croissant to... more