Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guess The Firsts

All of the pictures below depict a "World's First" in history.  Can you guess them all correctly?  The answers can be found by clicking "the rest of the story" link at the end of this post.

A. First Memory Chip
B. First Microprocessor
C. First Computer
D. First GPS chip

A. First Record Album Cover
B. First Lithograph
C. First Lighted Marquee
D. First Orchestra Appearance at a Theater

A. First Lie Detector
B. First Computer Projection Display
C. First Slide Projector with Sound
D. First Digital Camera

A. First Turbo Charged Car
B. First Convertible
C. First Race Car
D. First Concept Car

A. First Crossword Puzzle
B. First Contest
C. First Anagrams Puzzle
D. First IQ Test

A. First Newspaper Ad
B. First Magazine
C. First Dot Matrix Printer Output
D. First Billboard

A. First Church in Russia
B. First Church in Hawaii
C. First Motel
D. First Lighted Sign

A. First Electric Bicycle
B. First Motorcycle
C. First Sewing Machine
D. First Mechanical Bull

A. First Electric Meat Slicer
B. First Electric Knife
C. First Surgical Saw
D. First Computer Mouse

A. First Commercial Digital Scale
B. First Commercial Digital Thermometer
C. First Commercial MP3 player
D. First Digital Wallet

A. First Web Server
B. First E-Reader
C. First Handheld Scanning System
D. First Digital Home Broadcasting System

A. First Bank
B. First Drugstore
C. First Skyscraper
D. First Department Store

A. First Artificial Joint
B. First X-Ray
C. First Modern Art
D. First Frame from the Movie "Saw"

B. World's First Microprocessor (1971): Intel 4004

In November, 1971, a company called Intel publicly introduced the world's first single chip microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (U.S. Patent #3,821,715)

A. World's First Album Cover (1938): Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart

Before Alex Steinweiss, then a 23-year-old designer, invented album covers in 1938 for Columbia Records, albums were sold in plain brown wrappers. 

D. World’s First Digital Camera (1975): Created by Kodak's engineer Steve Sasson
In December 1975, Kodak engineer Steve Sasson invented something that would, decades later, revolutionize photography: the world’s first digital camera. It was the size of a toaster, and captured black and white images at a resolution of 100×100 - or 0.01 megapixels in today’s marketing terminology. The images were stored on cassette tape, taking 23 seconds to write

D. World's First Concept Car (1938): Buick Y-Job

Designed in 1938 by the famous General Motors designer Harley Earl, the Buick Y-Job is considered by most to be the first concept car. The car had power-operated hidden headlamps, "gunsight" hood ornament, wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s.

A. World's First Crossword (1913): Arthur Wynne's Invention

In 1913, Arthur Wynne had the job of devising the weekly puzzle page for Fun, the eight-page comic section of the New York World, a major newspaper of the time. When he devised what he called a Word-cross for the Christmas edition, published on 21 December, he could have no idea that he would be starting a worldwide craze.

B. World's First Magazine (1731): The Gentleman's Magazine

The Gentleman's Magazine, first published in 1731, in London, is considered to have been the first magazine. Edward Cave, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term "magazine", on the analogy of a military storehouse of varied materiel, originally derived from the Arabic makazin "storehouses". It ceased publication in September, 1907. 

C. World's First Motel (1925): Motel Inn

Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is the world’s first motel. It was built in 1925 by LA architect Arthur Heineman, who coined the term motel meaning "motor hotel." Motel Inn was originally called the Milestone Mo-Tel. Back then, one night stay was $1.25. Heineman couldn’t afford the trademark registration fee, so his competitors were able to use the word "motel." The motel is still in operation today. 

B. World's First Motorcycle (1885): Daimler's "riding car"

The First Motorcycle was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart) in 1885. 

D. World's First Computer Mouse (1964): by Douglas Engelbart

C. World's First MP3 Player (1998): MPMan 32MB

Released in 1998, the Eiger Labs MPMan was the world's first MP3 player, boasting 32MB of internal memory -- expandable to 64MB.  Available in F10 or F20 models, the latter boasting SmartMedia compatibility, this player set you back a mere $69 + shipping. It measures a slim 91 x 70 x 16.5 mm. 

A. World's First Web Server and Web Site (1990): a NeXT computer at CERN

The first web page address was, made by Tim Berners-Lee. 

C. World's First Skyscraper (1885): Home Insurance Building in Chicago

Considered to be the first skyscraper in the world due to the building's unique architecture and unique weight bearing frame, the Home Insurance Building was built in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois and demolished in 1931 to make way for the Field Building (now the LaSalle National Bank Building). It was the first building to use structural steel in its frame, but the majority of its structure was composed of cast and wrought iron. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. It had 10 stories and rose to a height of 138 feet (42 m) high. 

B. World's First X-Ray (1895): Röntgen's wife hand

I end today's post with this... can you guess what "First" it is?


  1. the first cartoon???? BTW something really cool??? I live 1/4 mile from that motel inn here in San Luis Obispo Ca. and even more cool is my fiance's family (her cousin) currently owns it, however it is currently closed due to alot of legal reasons with the city because it sits next to the 101 freeway and the city wants to tear it down and put and on/off ramp right where it sits and turn it into a rest stop. bummer

  2. I hope they are able to hold on to that very cool piece of history! I wish them luck!
    -- Mr. G

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