bbc.co.uk
Home
Explore the BBC
13 Jul 2014
Click for a Text Only version of this page
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
TodayBBC Radio 4
Today
Listen Again
Latest Reports
Interview of the Week
About Today
Britain at 6am
Have your Say
Contact Today

Favourite And Least Favourite Inventions

The Results.
To mark the 150th anniversary of The Patent Office, we asked you to nominate the best and worst inventions.

From your nominations, a short list was drawn up and then voted on by Today listeners. We received over 5000 votes in all.

Here are the results:

FAVOURITE INVENTIONS:

  • Bicycle - 70% (influenced by voting campaign)
  • Cat's Eyes - 2%
  • Computer - 4.5%
  • Internal Combustion Engine - 4%
  • Internet - 3.5%
  • Light Bulb - 3%
  • Penicillin - 4.5%
  • Radio - 5.5%
  • Telephone - 1.5%
  • Television - 1.5%
LEAST FAVOURITE INVENTIONS:

  • Atomic/Nuclear Weapons - 31.5%
  • Car alarms - 6%
  • Internal Combustion Engine - 11%
  • Landmines - 21.5%
  • Mobile Phones - 7%
  • Plastic Bags - 8%
  • Sinclair C5 - 2%
  • Speed Cameras - 7.5%
  • Television - 3.5%
  • Tetrapack© Cartons - 2%
As good an invention as the bicycle may be, it is clear that there was an orchestrated campaign by some groups to get people to vote for our two-wheeled friend. 'Today' has located a number of websites that linked directly to this page, calling on its readers to 'vote for the bicycle'.

Nonetheless, the list makes for some interesting reading and we thank everyone for their participation.

LINKS
Some inventors' vote suggestions
See the latest invention from Britain's leading inventor - EXCLUSIVE!
The UK Patent Office
The European Patent Office
The US Patent Office

Please Note:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites


Listen - Sanchia Berg has been looking at the history of inventions. (14/10/02)
Listen - The Patent Office's Director of Copyright explains the organisation's role. (14/10/02)
Listen - Britain's most eccentric inventor chooses his best and worst inventions.(15/10/02)
Listen - Trevor Bayliss gives us his favourites. (17/10/02)
Listen - the most significant inventions aren't necessarily hi-tech. (19/10/02)
John Logie Baird
Trevor Bayliss
Other Stories


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy