Entertainment 21 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than  

Chris Abraham
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Betty White - you know her, you love her, and if you're anything like us, you have posters of her covering your bedroom walls. She's a comic dynamo who's been performing for over 70 years in a variety of roles. 70 years seems like a long time (probably because it is), but would you believe that inventions like the ballpoint pen or even SLICED EFFING BREAD hadn't been invented until after she was born? Seriously! People were still slicing their own bread when America's sweetheart was growing up. There must have been crumbs everywhere. On this list, you'll find more items, inventions, and even concepts that were but a twinkle in the eye of their inventor when Betty White was born. 

If you ever meet Betty white, don't surprise her! She's super old and you don't want to be the person that gave Betty White a fan induced heart attack. People would hate you. We'd have to make a list of people that are hated less than you - and it would be totally easy at that point. Instead of scaring her to death, ask her if she remembers when beanbag chairs first became popular, or what it was like to see color TV for the first time. That must have blown her mind (or at least surprised her a little bit). Just don't ask her about the Virtual Boy, no one remembers that. This list of inventions that Betty White pre-dates is full of surprising facts and fun trivia that you can use to impress your friends.

Sliced Bread

Sliced Bread is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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Although it seems like such a simple concept, sliced bread was not invented until 1928. Creator Otto Frederick Rohwedder actually had a prototype for his bread slicing machine as early as 1912, but it was unfortunately destroyed in a fire. 16 years later, the Chillicothe Baking Company sold the first loaf that utilized Rohwedder's slicing machine, called "Kleen Maid Sliced Bread". It just goes to show that Betty White isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread; sliced bread is the greatest thing since Betty White.

Color Television

Color Television is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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In 1950, color television was slowly introduced to the world via CBS broadcast. Knowing, even then, that what the American public craved on its television screens was Betty White, the first color visual that shown to television viewers was Ms. White's winning smile. For those viewers unfortunate enough to have color television, they were shown a black and white slide show of a burning oatmeal factory. 


Computers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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ENIAC was the first electronic general-purpose computer that was financed by he United States Army, Ordnance Corps, Research and Development Command which was led by Major General Gladeon Marcus Barnes. Initially developed to calculate artillery firing tables, the super computer was used to write rudimentary fan fiction the developing Betty White until it was put on display at The Smithsonian.
Penicillin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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Penicillin was discovered in 1930, 8 years after a little baby Betty White was birthed fully formed from her father's skull, like Athena from Zeus (but much funnier). While Penicillin and Betty White still going strong, we're sure that the antibiotic craze is going to die out long before our love of Ms. White.  see more on Penicillin