Florida May 05, 2015
9 Things You Had No Idea Were Invented in Florida
Okay, so maybe you could have guessed Key lime pie and sunscreen were invented here, but what about a possible cure for cancer?
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1. Frozen orange juice concentrate
This cheap alternative to most orange juices was developed at the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center in 1948. Sure, not-from-concentrate may be a selling point these days, but these are still perfect for penny-pinchers and blending up a pitcher of frozen cocktails.
The first sunscreen was invented by Benjamin Green in 1944 to protect soldiers from the intense sun exposure in the Pacific. This sticky red goo was rather unpleasant at first, but Green kept developing it over the years until it later became Coppertone.
3. Air conditioning
I'm sure this one's no surprise to Floridians. John Gorrie developed the first air conditioning in the mid 1800's in Apalachicola, FL. Though he died without funding or fame for his invention, the city of Apalachicola honors him today with a museum and several monuments.
4. Famous Amos cookies
These delicious cookies were created by entrepreneur, author, talent agent and TV personality Wally Amos, who was born in Tallahassee, FL. He started out sending the cookies to potential clients, and they later ended up in supermarkets across the nation.
5. Key lime pie
Key lime pie was created by botanist Jack Simons in the early 20th century in Key West. It was named the official pie of the state of Florida in 2006.
Everyone knows Gatorade was created by University of Florida scientists in the 1960s, right? Come on, it's in the name!
7. Incandescent lightbulb
Thomas Edison's winter home was in Fort Myers, FL, while he was developing the incandescent light bulb, thus it was partially invented in Florida.
Invented by WWII veteran and auto repairman Robert Merton Spink in Miami, FL, in 1955, Bondo provided a lead-free alternative to previous auto body fillers.
9. Possible cure for cancer
John Kanzius, who lived in Fort Myers, FL, invented a cancer treatment using gold or carbon nanoparticles and radio waves that he claimed would cure cancer without the need for surgery or medication. Unfortunately, it was still in the early stages of testing when he died of leukemia in 2009.
What do you think about these Florida inventions? Were you surprised? Do you know of any others? Please comment below and let us know!