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42,576.  She planted that terror of debt so deeply in her children that even now, in a changed economic pattern where indebtedness is a part of living, I become restless when a bill is two days overdue.  Olive never accepted the time-payment plan when it became popular.  A thing bought on time was a thing you did not own and for which you were in debt.  She saved for things she wanted, and this meant that the neighbours had new gadgets as much as two years before we did.  (Credit & Debt & Gadgets)  John Steinbeck, East of Eden

 

 

73,848.  I love gadgets.  And I love kitchen gadgets.  Hestor Blumenthal

 

 

 

73,849.  In many ways my life over the past fifteen years has coincided with the most astonishing technical advances in history.  Stephen Fry’s Top 100 Gadgets, Channel 4 2012

 

73,850.  Fiendishly clever, wonderfully attractive gadgets.  That I personally adore.  ibid.

 

73,851.  100.  Karaoke machine:  It’s the laugh-a-minute Japanese whose invention in 1971 of a so-called empty-orchestra machine allowed for the ritual slaughter of pop classics  ibid..

 

99.  Kindle:  Say hello to the ebook reader. 

 

98.  Hairdryer

 

97.  Corby Trouser Press:  ‘I was a bit bored so I dismantled my Corby Trouser Press’  Alan Partridge

 

96.   Garlic Press

 

95.  Torches:  ‘You can open it.  There it is.  You can set it down.  Set it at any angle you wish.  And it’s a very very good design.  Slim.  Neat.  You can carry it with you.  I shall now carry one with me almost everywhere.’  Margaret Thatcher with torch   

 

94.  Wheelie Trolleys

 

93.  Toasters

 

92.  Soda Stream 

 

91.  Remote-Control Cars

 

90.  Metal Detectors

 

89.  The Ultra-Portable Tent

 

88.  Brevil Toasted Sandwich Maker from Australia

 

87.  Electric Blanket: Invented in 1912 

 

86.  PIN machines

 

85.  Whistle

 

84.  PDA Nokia Communicator et al

 

83.  Scissors: The Romans who pioneered the first cross-bladed scissors way back in 100 A.D.

 

82.  Bullworker

 

81.  Electric Shaver

 

80.  Handcuffs: A powerful symbol of law and order

 

79.  Night Vision Goggles

 

78.  Glasses

 

77.  Bells

 

76.  Paper Shredder: What’s not to love? 

 

75.  Lawn Mowers: We’d be deprived of that delicious smell of freshly cut grass carried on a warm summer breeze 

 

74.  Thermometer

 

73.  Tin Opener: Tinned food was created in the nineteenth century as an alternative to the heavy glass jars the military used to carry supplies

 

72.  Sinclair ZX Spectrum: Kick-started the British IT industry

 

71.  Mouse Trap

 

70.  Cine-Projector: Added a dash of Hollywood glamour to suburban life ... Some of the worst cinema ever made 

 

69.  Microscope

 

68.  Fan

 

67.  Hearing Aid: ‘Do you by any chance have a hearing aid?’  Basil Fawlty

 

66.  Pager: The mobile phone may well have sounded the death knell ... Sixty million units shifted worldwide.

 

65.  Food Processor: ‘They have made our lives that much easier in the kitchen.’  Hestor Blumenthal    

 

64.  Robotic Dog

 

63.  The Superb Cassette Boom-Box

 

62.  Answerphone

 

61.  The Portable Camping Stove

 

60.  The Patio-Heater

 

59.  Dictaphone

 

58.  Electric Toothbrush: In 1987 rotary action electric toothbrushes hit the market

 

57.  The PVR: A truly joyous box of tricks

 

56.  Binoculars

 

55.  Garden Sprinkler: The party-pooping hosepipe-ban

 

54.  Cordless Drill

 

53.  Vacuum Cleaner: ‘You see, the thing about the Hoover is it deals with all three kinds of dirt.  Yes.  Dust.  Fluff and Grit.’  woman

 

52.  Walkie-Talkie

 

51.  Polygraph: The daytime tabloid talk show has been transformed by the lie-detector

 

50.  Camcorders

 

49.  Bra

 

48.  Umbrella

 

47.  VCR: 1974 it was the gadget de jour

 

46.  Alarm

 

45.  Alarm Clock

 

44.  Game Boy: In 1989 came the first of the hand-held consoles ... Over 120 million sold

 

43.  Baby-Buggy

 

42.  Polaroid Camera

 

41.  Curling Tongs

   

40.  The Simple Razor

 

39.  Bathroom Scales

 

38.  Sony Walkman: 80s youth was smitten

 

37.  Coffee-Maker

 

36.  Pocket Calculator

 

35.  Compass & Wayfinders’ Shoes

 

34.  Staple & Stapler

 

33.  Heated Irons: In 1882 the wondrous electric iron was invented

 

32.  Tape-Measure

 

31.  Camera: 1900 the Brownie went on sale for five shillings

 

30.  Black and Decker Workmate

 

29.  Fax Machine

 

28.  Blackberry: 150 million handsets worldwide

 

27.  CD Player: An early eighties wonder

 

26.  Corkscrew: Over 50,000 models ... Our search has been for a better corkscrew

 

 

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