13 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than 

Chris Abraham
Updated February 27, 2020 575.9k views 13 items

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. (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? 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, you could 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.

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

Sliced Bread
Sliced Bread is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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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
Color Television is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by professor Alexander Fleming - just 6 years after a little baby Betty White was born. 

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Scotch Tape
Scotch Tape is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Inventions That Betty White Is Older Than
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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.