Blake Snow

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Made in America: 35 things I’m grateful for

Happy birthday, America!

I love how you’re home to the friendliest and most generous people in the world. I like how you cheer on amateur athletes (even youth ones) almost as much as professional ones. I admire how you champion democracy, protect the high seas from pirates, and smoke less than any other developed country on Earth.

Granted, you have an obesity problem, export many of the world’s biggest vices, and are often ungrateful. But as the inventor of electric guitars, rock ‘n roll, and blue jeans, I can’t stay mad at you.

Here are 35 other amazing things you invented over the last quarter millennia:

  1. Electricity
  2. Light bulbs
  3. Telephones
  4. Television
  5. Computers
  6. Printers
  7. The internet
  8. Recorded music
  9. Airplanes
  10. Assembly lines
  11. Agricultural machinery
  12. Industrial robots
  13. Carbon dating
  14. Chemotherapy
  15. Post-it notes
  16. GPS
  17. Plastic
  18. Movies
  19. Dental floss
  20. Sewing machines
  21. Vacuum cleaners
  22. Skyscrapers
  23. Air conditioning
  24. Supermarkets
  25. Free two-day shipping
  26. Chocolate chip cookies
  27. Theme parks
  28. Hearing aids
  29. Defibrillators
  30. Traffic lights
  31. Crash test dummies
  32. Microwaves
  33. Lasers
  34. Video games
  35. Smartphones

Thank you.