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13 Inventions Betty White Is Older Than

Updated May 3, 2021 626.6k views13 items

Betty White is a comic dynamo who's been performing for over 70 years in a variety of roles. (She actually holds a Guinness World Record for the longevity of her career.) 70 years seems like a long time (probably because it is), but would you believe that inventions like the ballpoint pen or even sliced bread hadn't been invented until after she was born?

Betty White was born on January 22, 1922, so let's see all the cool stuff that was invented after her birth.

  • Sliced Bread

    Although it seems simple enough, sliced bread was not invented until 1928. Otto Frederick Rohwedder created the Chillicothe Baking Company, which sold the first loaf that utilized Rohwedder's bread slicing machine. 

  • Color Television

    Beginning in 1950, color television was slowly introduced to the world via CBS broadcast. On June 25, 1951, CBS broadcasted its first color TV show, but no one could tell because they all had black-and-white TV sets.

    The first program to hit the airwaves in color was aptly called "Premiere."

  • Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by professor Alexander Fleming - just 6 years after a little baby Betty White was born. 

  • Scotch Tape

    Most are under the impression that Scotch Tape originated in Scotland some time in the 18th century, but boy, is that not the case. A young ex-bango player named Richard Drew actually created the miracle adhesive in 1929 - when Betty White was only 7. 

    In 1929, Drew, an inventor for 3M, started the development of transparent tape - a game-changing product that was debuted to the public in 1930.