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The July 2011 edition of Popular Mechanics has an article entitled 101 Gadgets That Changed The World. The magazine defines a gadget as something you can hold in your hands, is a mass-produced personal item, and is an item that evolved from novelty to necessity.

Here, are just a few items that made their list–

#  1– Smart Phone

#  4 — Hypodermic Syringe

# 20 — Remote Control

# 33 — Microwave

# 46 — Fire Extinguisher

# 54 — Ballpoint Pen

# 65 — Zipper

# 73 — Printer

# 95 — Super Soaker

# 99 — Stapler

#101– Duct Tape

Have your kids make a list of their top 10 gadgets and have them explain their ranking.  It will be fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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