Created In New York And You Use Almost Every Single Day
We take for granted the basic items that have become our every day.
The alarm clock buzzing in the morning to wake us up, the running water for our shower, the hot water heater to allow that water not to be freezing cold, the coffee pot brewing our caffeine, the engine that starts our cars, even the wheels that roll it to our destination.
Every little thing that we use today, someone that lived before us never experienced and lived without. Heck, my Nana looks at this laptop I'm tapping away on and shakes her head. She wouldn't know how to turn it on, let alone write a blog. For me? It's my everyday. But without this laptop, without our website, without the internet itself - what would we do? Please don't make me use a typewriter. (Shout out to Massachusetts for the World Wide Web and Florida for the Personal Computer.)
Mid America Nazarene University put together a list of the most impactful inventions for each of the 50 United States. It's really fun to go through the list itself, but when we get to New York we can be very thankful.
Frank Mcnamera, as the story goes, in 1949 forgot his wallet and was at a New York City restaurant with the thought of, "oh crap!" Don't worry, his wife paid the bill, but it got him thinking, that's for sure. By February of 1950, Mcnamera had created the Diners Club Card, which was small cardboard card and was the very first credit card. By the 60's the card was plastic and today they're used everywhere.
Sure, you can make the argument that they're the death of the dollar and the reason for so much debt, but they definitely come in handy in a pinch.
For all the states inventions with the most impact, see the full list here.