Who invented it? 21 Swiss inventions – Goose liquor

The brightest brains? Some of them are from Switzerland! Picture: pixabay

Who invented it? 21 brilliant Swiss inventions

Also asked, who is responsible for the garlic press? Or that patients in the operating room do not bleed in rows? The answer is obvious. Geographically at least …

Swiss people often sting a bit with national pride. Which in itself is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see what inventions originate from our country, sometimes Ricola, Rivella, Maggi, Toblerone, bank secrecy and Co. apart. And maybe a bit of pride felt. Just a little. That one may well still 😉

The classic

Designed by the Swiss Army (the best in the world) and then later standard Karl Elsener and Victorinox. Original composition: blade, slotted screwdriver, awl and can opener. Or then just like this:

The elixir in distress

Néscafé (1936)


Certainly not the best coffee and certainly not something to savor in gourmet circles. But, if there's a coffee that pops up unexpectedly on a barren Sunday or emerges from the dark corners of the holiday chalet when you need it most, it's Néscafé. Thank you, Max Morgenthaler!

The consciousness-expanding

LSD (1943)

LSD inventor Albert Hofmann Picture: KEYSTONE

Yes, there has Albert Hofmann pretty much touched. Woodstock and the whole hippie generation is thus almost a little on Swiss shoulders. And the annual street parade to some extent probably also …

Kitchen essential I

Too lazy to shovel the leftovers into a Tupperware (which you should probably bring back to your mommy!) And wash the plate off? Just cellophane over it! A good old sandwich for lunch? Pack in Cellophane! Tattoo freshly stung? Cellophane over it! Jacques Edwin Brandenberger – What would we be without you?

Kitchen Essential II

Anything that habitually can not wrap in cellophane is wrapped in aluminum foil. It's so. There are cellophane and aluminum foil edibles. That's why it's an essential invention! And another thing: what would be done without the invention of Heinrich Alfred Gautschi probably your Dürüm be packed? Food for thought, I know …

Kitchen Indispensability III

Peeler Rex (1947)

Stylish as usual, the peeler Rex slides over the rough potato skin. Picture: KEYSTONE

What a sleek kitchen utensil! And if it does not just cut away fingertips or if it just does not get the apple in the handle, then it's sophistication in pure elegance. Power almost even on potato peeling. Chapeau, Alfred Neweczerzal! Who needs a queen on the stamp, if you have such inventions in the country:

What a feast for the eyes. Picture: THE POST

Kitchen indispensability IV?

Garlic press (early 1950s)

Yes or no? A Swiss invention that polarises Picture: commons.wikimedia

In some country kitchens a component of the basic equipment, in other parts almost one causa non grata, Without wanting to unnecessarily heat the culinary tempers of our country, inventors are nevertheless Karl Zysset thank you, the idea is class after all!

So discussions about the use of the garlic press usually look like. gif: giphy

And somehow the suspicion steals that Swiss men in the kitchen are always looking for an increase in efficiency anyway.

The organ of organization

Doodle (2003)

Michael Näf (left) and Paul E. Sevinç (right) Picture: KEYSTONE

The cliché is confirmed: The Swiss is organized! So too Michael Naefwho, with the help of fellow student Paul E. Sevinç spontaneously founded an online platform to initially only organize a meal with friends. Well, somehow he somehow shaped our understanding of organization. By the way: How many doodles do you have to answer right now?

The Shoelaces U-12

Velcro closure (1951)

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Those were the days. Ratchet – Velcro ripped open or pulled and you were ready for "robbers and Poli" or for a Zvieri at the kitchen table. My young self says wistfully: Good job, Georges de Mestral,

The practical-complicated

Zipper (1923)

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Okay, admittedly: he can be problematic, the zipper. Sometimes you do not hook it properly, sometimes it jams, sometimes it opens without asking you from below. Nightmare of every child in chindsgi. Still, all in all, damned practical. Thank you sincerely Martin Othmar Winterhalter! Because even if not really conceived and invented, it has at least the world's first serial production of the zipper made possible.

Age does not protect against zippers! Gell, Arsène … gif: giphy

The national pride

Red Cross (1863)


"Switzerland simply has a humanistic tradition!" Or "Yes, that's our duty as Switzerland. With the Red Cross and the Geneva Convention and all. "Yes – that's right! Significantly involved in this very noble national feeling is ours Henry Dunantwho set up the Red Cross. And Swiss now lets us spit big sounds. Without us there would be no humanitarian organizations, that's the way it is. Pha.

Schweizer, when the topic of conversation suddenly changes to "humanitarian organizations". gif: giphy

The green fairy

Absinthe (1737)


Honestly: Did you know that? And as always with such alcohol stories, it is not possible in retrospect to say who is responsible for it. But what is clear: The recipe is in Val-de-Travers in Neuchâtel originated (Yes, the Welschen again!). The possible author? A man with the sounding name Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, Yeah, really. Google it!

The National Z'morge

Birchermüesli (around 1900)

Picture: flickr

There's nothing like a Bircher muesli! The Argentinians can wave their beef, the Italians roll their pizzas, and the French flambé their crêpe suzette. I'm really happy with the Bircher Muesli as unofficial national breakfast. Good work, Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner! You deserve to be called in The Big Bang Theory instead of …

The battle staff

Hand Blender (1954)


So really strong, creamy sauce? A warming, nutritious soup? Or a crisp checkered for the Key Lime Pie? Thank you Roger Perrinjaquet! Thus, the reason for so many delicacies. And some horrified Mommy. "No, Kevin! Nöd uf high-level afghan … »Sorry, mommy!

Almost more classical: the stationary mixer. gif: giphy

The exact

Tourbillon (1795)


Today, clichés are fed. And how! Probably is Abraham Louis Breguet a reason for the fact that in our language we have phrases like "like a Swiss clockwork!". His device, the tourbillon, should compensate for inaccuracies in pocket and wristwatches by gravity (by the way, no Swiss invention). Swiss hair-splitting at a high level!

So much precision almost gives you a pleasant feeling. gif: giphy

The pioneering achievement

Solar Impulse

Picture: AP Solar Impulse

Presumably, it is not yet possible to classify the whole scope of this invention. But flying an airplane with solar energy around the world is a damn cool thing. Big cinema, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Our grandchildren will probably know better how your performance is to be assessed.

The very big network

Okay, that may be cheating (yes, I already hear the technology freaks outraged). For the concept of the World Wide Web in its fundamentals was conceived and implemented by the British Tim Berners-Lee and the Belgian Robert Cailliau rather than by any Swiss. BUT: It happened in Switzerland on the CERN in genf. That's why we are so important to the world of technology. A little. So just on the edge.

The famed first web server. Picture: flickr

Subtle Note: "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER IT DOWN !! » Picture: flickr

The typographic heritage

No, not Steve Jobs alone has brought us an exciting collection of writings. We Swiss have also contributed something! For one thing, this was Adrian Frutiger with the inconspicuous typeface "Univers". Furthermore, Adrian Frutiger's typeface "Frutiger" manages a large part of the Swiss motorists through the road network.

Likewise from Switzerland – in the broader sense – the typeface "Helvetica" comes from Max Medinger, Beautifully simple!

The sounds

Adolph Rickenbacher and Georges Beauchamp have jointly designed the first serially produced, electrically amplified guitar, with only Adolph Rickenbacher Swiss citizen was. So it was the country with the cows, the chocolate and Heidi that rock'n'roll, the punkrock movement, Jimi Hendrix and, ultimately, countless openairies made possible.

Impressions from a world without Adolph Rickenbacher

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Note the Lord in the upper rank. gif: giphy

The melting ends

The cheeseburger foundation

Picture: flickr

Walter Gerber It was the one who first made the cheeseburger possible in a classically decadent way. With his invention of pre-made cheese slices, which have a low melting point, the kitchen world was once again revolutionized by a Swiss. It was logical that Swiss have something to do with cheese. We thank you, Walter, and bite with more pleasure in the next cheeseburger – or Croque Monsieur!

The important ones

Arterial clamp (1880)

McSwiss? The charismatic inventor of the arterial clamp is Swiss. Picture: flickr

Without Emil Theodor Kocher McDreamy, McSexy, Dr. Cox, JD, Turk and even George Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross hopelessly stuck. Because he gave them the arterial clamp! A small thing with great consequences. Not so unpractical, these Swiss inventions!

Inventor, co-inventor, developer, pioneer. Switzerland is full of potential – it does not seem to lack ideas and drive. Therefore, stop surfing the web, grab pen and paper and make something nice! 😉

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