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Denim, nylon, colored cotton, vinyl... the history behind these and other fabrics.

Farm Innovations
Innovations related to farms, agriculture, tractors, cotton gin, reapers, plows, plant patents and more.

The history of clothing fasteners - buttons, lacing, zippers, snaps, velcro and more.

Fax/Fax Machine/Facsimile
The facsimile was invented in 1842 by Alexander Bain.

Ferris Wheel
The history of the ferris wheel.

Fiber Optics
Fiber optics and the use of light to communicate.

Fig Newton Cookies
The history behind this tasty cookie.

The history of photographic film.

One of the first significant developments in forensic science was identification by fingerprinting.

Fire - Alarm Engine Extinguisher Hose Ladder Pole
The history of many fire fighting innovations.

The history of guns and firearms.

Fireplace (Rumford)
Count Rumford (aka Benjamin Thompson) invented the Rumford fireplace in 1796.

Fishing Innovations
The history of fishing, rods, reels, baits and more.

The flashlight was invented in 1898, and the biblical quote of "Let There Be Light" was on the cover of the 1899, Eveready catalog.

Forensic Science Innovations
The history of significant developments in forensic science.

Floppy Disk
Alan Shugart nicknamed the first disk - the "Floppy" for its flexibility.

Fluorescent Lamps
The history of fluorescent lights and mercury vapor arc lamps.

Fly Swatter
Who first used the term "fly swatter"?

Flying Saucers
Yes, there are patents issued for flying saucers.

Flying Shuttle
John Kay invented the flying shuttle, an improvement to looms that enabled weavers to weave faster.

Food Inventions
The history of food. The story behind soup, sandwiches, pizza, pasta and other foods.

The invention of football, American style.

Hacky Sack or Footbag is a modern American sport invented in 1972.

The first high level programming language called fortran was invented by John Backus and IBM.

Fountain Pens
The history of fountain pens and other writing instruments.

The history of this famous kitchen appliance.

French Fries
"Potatoes, fried in the French Manner," is how Thomas Jefferson described a dish he brought over to the colonies in the late 1700s.

In 1928, Thomas Midgley and Charles Kettering invented a "Miracle Compound" called Freon. Freon is now infamous for greatly adding to the depletion of the earth's ozone shield.

How the empty pie plates of the Frisbie Baking Company became the early prototype for the world's funniest sport.

Freeze Drying/Freeze Dried Foods
The basic process of freeze-drying foods were known to the Peruvian Incas of the Andes. Freeze drying is the removal of water from food while the food is frozen.

Frozen Foods
Clarence Birdseye found a way to flash-freeze foods and deliver them to the public - several decades of frozen history.

Fuel Cells
Fuel cells were invented in 1839 by Sir William Grove, and are now becoming the power source for the 21st century. How fuel cells work.

Full Spectrum Lighting
John Ott was the pioneer of full spectrum lighting.

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