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5 Polish inventions that revolutionized the world and you didn’t notice it

We bet you used cotton buds and you had no clue they were Polish

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Poland – It is possible that you have a hairstyle invented by Polish, you take supplements made by the researcher from Poland. If you think that it will be another article about the great discovery by Maria Curie, who we owe RAD and POLON, you are wrong. Today we present something that will thrill and surprise you. The list of five remarkable ideas by Polish that transformed the world forever.

Now, we have you all ready for our little lesson about how great Poland is, let us go ahead! Stay a while and read on about “most amazing Polish inventions” you probably used but had no clue they are Polish:

The computer Commodore 64

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It was invented by Jacek Trzmiel, also known as Jack Tramiel. The story of the man who construed Commodore 64, a father of our laptops and other devices, is remarkable. He was born in 1928, and when he was only ten years old, his life became a nightmare. He lived in Litzmannstadt Ghetto in the city of Łódź, and after years of life in fear, he had been taken to the concentration camp in Auschwitz in 1944. Fortunately, a year later the war became the past, and the genius scientist survived. Two years later he emigrated to the USA, where he created the first calculator and then the computer known as Commodore. Tamiel opened the successful company Commodore International. For many decades his achievement was an inspiration to giants like Apple, IBM or Microsoft. They company sold over 17 millions of the model Commodore 64, which is the best-sold computer in history.

2. Cotton buds

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Clear ears are the good ears, right? In 1892 in Warsaw lived a man named Leo Gersenzang. He was born in the Polish capital, in a Jewish family. When he was 20 years old, he started his new life in Chicago. In 1923 he invented the cotton buds and called them ”Baby Gays”. With time his invention became one of the best-sold products around the world and gained multiple usages.

3. First type player ”Nagra”

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Can you imagine your life without music? Most of us cannot do it, we listen to the music in the car, while jogging, etc. It wouldn’t be possible if Stefan Kudelski would never discover the ”Nagra” type player. He was born in Warsaw in 1929, but his family left Poland with the beginning of the World War II. He spent his childhood in Hungary, later in France. Finally. The Kudelski family found their shelter in Switzerland. Nagra had been presented in 1951 and sold to the TV stations, movie producers, radio stations, etc. Due to the success of the invention, he created the company called Kudelski Group, which sold the tape player to TV RAI, BBC, American stations NBC, ABC, CBS, but also plenty of radio stations including famous Radio Luxembourg. Kudelski received prestigious Oscar Awards in 1965, 1977, 1978, and 1990. He also won two Emmy Awards in 1984 and 1986.

4. Vitamins!

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In 1912, when the world lived with the tragedy of Titanic, Polish researchers Kazimierz Funk who worked in the UK discovered a substance from rice that he called with the Latin name ”vitamines” from vita – life and the chemical name of amines. The first vitamin was B1, and due to this milestone discovery, it was able to continue this work. While discovering the vitamins and other substances that were closed in the well-known pills, he traveled around the world and continued his works at universities in UK, USA, Germany and Switzerland. He achieved milestones in healing avitaminosis, diabetes and cancer prevention. Thus, next time, when you will support your body with the pill full of vitamins, know that you can enjoy them due to the work of Kazimierz Funk.

5. ”Bob” haircut

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Antoni Cierplikowski was in the 1920s one of the most magnetic personality of Paris. He was the first celebrity among the hairdressers of the world. His clients were world famous women of his times including Greta Garbo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot and Edith Piaf. He was noted as Antoine the Paris or Monsieur Antoine, and his greatest achievement was creating the bob cut, a hair style that stayed popular until now. Cierplikowski was born in Sieradz in 1884. At the age of 17, he went to Paris where he worked in the salon at Galeries Lafayette. He was a unique, passionate talent, whose creativity conquered the hearts of hundreds of women. The characteristic ”garconne” hairstyle became his sign, and gate to the incredible fame. He claimed that the bob cut was inspired by the paintings of French icon Joan of Arc, whose cult became very popular around this period. In 1939, during the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, he prepared 400 coiffures during the one night. Famous hairdresser spent his last years in Sieradz, where he died in 1976.