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Would the Corvette be in your Top 10 of American Inventions?

Posted in Chevrolet, Corvette, GM by will bee | July 19th, 2007 | 9 Responses |

1956 Chevy Corvette

A Top 10 list has been assembled to rate the ten quintessentially American Inventions by Askmen.com. There have been so many inventions to come from this most inventive land that narrowing out the Cotton Gin, Peanut Butter and Fantasy Football from the list would prove difficult. However the folks at Askmen succeeded on their own terms in creating a Top 10 and the Chevrolet Corvette just made it in at number 10.

The Corvette was a revolution for the car industry and since its introduction in 1953 there have been only 6 body styles released (labeled as C1-C6). The 7th design of the Corvette is scheduled to be introduced in 2010, which amazingly is not very far from now.

As inventions go the Corvette is truly as American as Baseball; which happens to be number 5 on the list of American Inventions. It is only fair since Baseball has been around twice as long as the Corvette.

Here are the Top 10 American Inventions as selected by Askmen.com

1. The Presidency
2. Jazz
3. The Steamboat
4. Blue Jeans
5. The Airplane
6. Baseball
7. The Western
8. The Colt .45
9. Bourbon Whiskey
10. Corvette

How would your Top 10 list of American Inventions differ?


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9 Responses

  1. Dee says:

    …although I envy the Corvette and anyone that drives one, it wouldn’t be on my top 10 list. Automobile maybe.. and why isn’t Football on that list?!

  2. Mihdi says:

    I’d have put the Shelby Cobra up before any Corvette or even the Ford GT40, buuuut that’s just me. Top 10 wise, why isn’t the telephone up there or even toilet paper, I mean c’mon. ;p

  3. Ryan says:

    Was toilet paper invented in America?

  4. will bee says:

    It turns out toilet paper was invented by the Chinese in 1391 for their Empror. However Rolled Toilet Paper as we see it today was patented by Seth Wheeler in America in 1871.

    So America cannot claim the TP but we can claim the perferated roll of TP.

    And maybe they should have just put “Thomas Edison” as #1 on the list. Since he did hold 1093 patents over the course of his life (including the phonograph) it might seem a valid argument to me.

  5. zeb says:

    Which .45? The old SA revolver or the 1911? I know that the 1911 isn’t really a pure Colt firearm, but most people associate the two. Neither was the first of their kind anyhow as I understand it, they were just the first to use a big beefy round properly.

  6. will bee says:

    That is a good question on the Colt.45. The only thing I can say with certainty is they are not refering to the beer.
    Going by the description for the choice printed in the magazine they are celebrating the introduction of the Colt .45 single action revolver; often known as the PeaceMaker. The M1911 semi-automatic pistol is more often refered to as the “Colt auto.”

  7. Murph says:

    Uh… how about the internet. Thats pretty important.

  8. jordan says:

    yeah… internet……important

  9. will says:

    well the telephone isn’t on there because….. its canadian :)