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Friday, August 31, 2012

Inventing the inventors

The ever-risible Bonni links in another post to this site, listing "Israel's Top 45 Inventions". I haven't had the patience to wade through all of them, but at #2 we have Israelis inventing drip irrigation. Hmm. Modern drip irrigation was in fact invented in Afghanistan (yeah, by these "backward" Muslims) in the 19th century, developed further in the University of Colorado, refined in Germany, then further developed in Australia. Finally a little extra tweak was given by two Israelis. So far from Israel giving drip irrigation to the world, the world gave it to Israel. I can't find out when exactly Hannis Thill made the Australian advance, but the three earlier stages of development were complete before Israel even existed!

Or how about #5, where the cherry tomato was invented by Israeli genetic engineers? Or then again, how about where they were developed by the Aztecs in the 15th century? hey, come on, it's only 500 years before Israel itself was invented.

You know what really seems to be Israel's greatest invention? Invention. As in, making stuff up. Lying. Hasbara.

The funniest thing about all this? The Israeli invention (or perhaps that should be "Israeli Invention") she's posting about is a device to help prevent date rape. But the person she wants to become Vice President agrees with Todd Akin that there's no such thing.

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