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iPhone voted a more important invention than the Toilet, Space Travel

According to a poll of 4,000 (presumably crazy) Brits, the iPhone has been ranked as the number 8 invention of ALL TIME, outranking such notable milestones as cars, Email, the toilet, and Push-up bras. Of course one has to call into question ANY list of inventions that not only does NOT place Air Condition as the number one invention of all time, but puts it 11 spots lower than “Hair straighteners”. The iPod also made the list, clocking in at number 56. Here’s the complete list if you want to yell at your computer screen.


1. Wheel
2. Aeroplane
3. Light bulb
4. Internet
5. PCs
6. Telephone
7. Penicillin
8. iPhone
9. Flushing toilet
10. Combustion engine
11. Contraceptive pill
12. Washing machine
13. Central heating
14. Fridge
15. Pain killers
16. Steam engine
17. Freezer
18. Camera
19. Cars
20. Spectacles
21. Mobile phones
22. Toilet paper
23. Hoover
24. Trains
25. Google
26. Microwave
27. Email
28. The pen
29. Hot water
30. Shoe
31. Compass
32. Ibuprofen
33. Toothbrush
34. Hair straighteners
35. Laptops
36. Knife and fork
37. Scissors
38. Paper
39. Space travel
40. Kettle
41. Calculator
42. Bed
43. Remote control
44. Roof
45. Air conditioning
47. Wi-Fi
48. Cats-eyes
49. Matches
50. Power steering
51. Tumble dryer
52. Bicycle
53. Sky+
54. Tea bags
55. Umbrella
56. iPod
57. Taps
58. Crash helmet
59. Wristwatch
60. eBay
61. DVD player
62. Nappies
63. Ladder
64. Sun tan lotion
65. Lawnmower
66. Make-up
67. Chairs
68. Sunglasses
69. The game of football
70. Sliced bread
71. Sofa
72. Razor blades
73. Screwdriver
74. Motorways
75. Head/ear phones
76. Towels
77. Push-up bra
78. Binoculars
79. WD40
80. Mascara
81. Hair dryer
82. Facebook
83. Escalator
84. Hair dye
85. Wellington boots
86. Spell check
87. Calendars
88. Cheese grater
89. Buses
90. Post-it notes
91. Gloves
92. Satellite discs
93. Pedestrian crossing
94. Baby’s dummy
95. Curtains
96. Bottle opener
97. Food blender
98. Dustpan and brush
99. Desks
100. Clothes peg

[via newslite]

15 Responses to “iPhone voted a more important invention than the Toilet, Space Travel”
  1. anonymous says:

    where’s the elevator? nobody voted for the elevator!? what? they’re going to climb all those stairs?

  2. BK says:

    they don’t have “elevators” in britain.

  3. Cris says:

    I noticed dentistry isn’t on the list…

  4. Rowlings says:


  5. packeteer says:


    The pushup Bra should be number 1!!!

  6. Dave says:

    And neither is psychiatry – “zing” back at you.

  7. Philo says:

    “Aeroplane”, eh? Surprised the bumbershoot didn’t make the list… or the perambulator (pram). Lordy, it’s fun to ridicule the Brits. And while we’re at it… no mention of dentistry…

  8. Killer's Dad says:

    But wait, where would I use my iPhone is there were no toilets? I need a place to sit when I’m contemplating!

  9. Logicub says:

    That’s a sad, sad list. I actually feel ashamed to be a part of this previously great country… 🙁

    It’s things like this that make me want my own blog so I can ridicule 4,000 of my fellow countymen!

    I have to question two of them straight off; firstly the shoe was not a great invention, it was pointless… Surely the second shoe was the great invention?
    And “Space Travel”? That’s not even an invention! It’s a concept, one that involves hundreds of inventions… All of which are probably more important than make-up and hair straighteners.

  10. BrotherMunro says:

    Air Conditioner isn’t number one because we rarely have hot enough weather over here to need them. It is rare to find a house with one fitted. Dentistry isn’t listed for the same reason medicine isn’t, most people don’t consider it an ‘invention’ (also it is free, mostly).

  11. Air conditioners are evil and spread diseases like Legionnaire’s Disease and the flue and you never ever get them right. They’re either too hot or too cold and you can’t drive with your arm hanging out the window of your car either because air conditioning doesn’t work then either. Not to mention that it kills the fuel efficiency of your car.

    Apparently however there is a lot of things better than sliced bread.

  12. Chris says:

    I’m liking the dentistry jokes. I’m thinking that if this survey had been done on americans then the number one invention would be liposuction!

    ooooo! He just went there!

  13. dood says:

    I can’t believe the plow didn’t make the list at all. Certainly at least as important as the wheel. Screwdriver. LOL.

  14. Dan McKee says:

    Why is the Electric Motor not on the list? So many of the “listed’ items depend upon the presence of an electric motor. Also where is the “transitor’ — without that many of the list would not exist.

  15. xyzed says:

    Well, well, well… Haven’t you hilarious Brits forgotten pizza, by any chance? 😀

    btw, I am not italian 🙂

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