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John Random

KEY DEVELOPMENTS
OF OUR CENTURY

John Random picks out his top ten of the most influential moments in the history of the last 100 years.

1906:       

Tommy Hilfiger opens his first stall in Leeds market, charging one penny a designer sweatshirt.

1914:

Abstract expressionist Piet Mondriaan, experimenting with geometric blocks of pink and yellow accidentally invents Battenburg cake.

1922:

Synthetic coleslaw frees mankind from the tyranny of inferior cabbage/carrot mixes.

1935:

After his brother is killed in a freak zipping accident Dr. Carruthers H. Velcro starts work on his groundbreaking fastener.

1939-45:

The Second World War brings many technological developments, including radar, the jet engine and wetwipes.

1944:

The Butler Education Act ushers in the first use of leather elbow patches for teacher’s jackets.

1947:

Lawrence Rayma Frisbee invents the frisbee. The test flight at Roswell, New Mexico is widely misinterpreted.

1950:

Sir Jesse Xerox brings the age-old dream of cheap photocopying to the masses.

1965:

Dr. Christian Baarnard performs the world’s first successful transplant of an aubergine.

1969:

Keith Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon as a direct result of America’s teflon frying pan program.

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ComedyCollective Writers Project
John Random