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Which of these twelve Spanish inventions do you think is the most relevant?

Spain has left a series of inventions that have meant a breakthrough and a change in society since their discovery. Do you know which are the most important Spanish inventions? Here is a list of the twelve most relevant Spanish discoveries.



Created by Manuel Jalón, engineer and officer of the Air Force, it meant a breakthrough for the 'women's liberation' at that time since before 1956 women had to mop the floor on their knees. The first mop to be successfully tested was in Zaragoza in 1956.



Manuel Jalón, also the inventor of the mop, did a lot for sanitary hygiene and created a disposable hypodermic syringe that meant a great advance in preventing the spread of diseases.


Enric Bernat had a revolutionary idea: to create a candy with a stick. This simple gesture in 1957 was a real breakthrough and soon spread around the world. In 1995, the chupa chups was the first candy to be consumed in space. The logo was also designed by Salvador Dalí.



This invention was created by the Murcian engineer Isaac Peral, who revolutionized submarine navigation by designing a submersible vessel powered by electric energy. Built in steel and for military purposes, Peral's submarine was successfully launched in 1888. It is currently on display in the port of Cartagena.


THE “FUTBOLIN” (Table football)

Alejandro Campos Ramirez, was a Galician poet, editor and inventor known for creating the table football. In 1936 this poet was wounded in one of the bombings of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.

It was during his stay in the hospital where he met many wounded children, most of them mutilated, who complained because they were not going to be able to play football. This is why he came up with the idea of the football table and patented it in 1937.



This is another of the most important Spanish inventions. Leonardo Torres Quevedo repeats in this list, who in 1887 registered his first patent on "An aerial funicular railway system of multiple wires", i.e., the cable car.

In 1907, Torres Quevedo erected the first cable car suitable for the public transport of people, on Mount Ulía (San Sebastián). Following the success of this invention, the cable car was exported beyond Spain's borders. For example, the Niagara Falls aerial tramway was inspired by the one created by Torres Quevedo.



Blaise Pascal was the inventor of the first calculator, which worked based on wheels and gears, but it was the Spaniard Leonardo Torres Quevedo who created the first digital calculator around 1914. It performed calculations autonomously (some of them quite complex).


It arises at the end of the XVI century in Spain after the prohibition of Carlos V to carry long bladed weapons (especially swords) to those who were outside the nobility. The penknife was a short-bladed weapon and also allowed to hide the blade.




The classical 6-string guitar as we know it today was developed in Spain between the 13th and 18th centuries as a modification of the ancient vihuela.




The Murcian engineer Juan de la Cierva invented and built this type of aircraft in the 1920s. It is a precursor of modern helicopters. The advantage of the autogyro with respect to the conventional airplane, in its time, was the capacity of take-off, gyroplane and landing in very reduced spaces.



In spite of having this name, the Molotov cocktail is a Spanish invention. It appeared for the first time in the Spanish Civil War, being a cheap weapon used by the militias of the Republican army, due to the lack of armament. But the name Molotov cocktail comes from Finland, years later, in the attempt to conquer this country in 1940.



It has its origins in the beggars of the city of Seville, who in the 16th century began to take advantage of tobacco waste and roll them in thin sheets of rice paper.

But it was not until 1825 that cigarettes began to be packaged and marketed, in fact the first manufactured packs were sold in 1833.

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Paul Walters

2 months ago #22

God I love trivia like this 

Fay Vietmeier

2 months ago #21

@Javier 🐝 CR 

Very interesting post 🍯 Javier .. thank you 

@Ken Boddie 

Dearest  "Bard" 🍯

.. a most creative card 

.. on Spanish invention 

.. you capture our attention  

(my favorite too)

But the winning trick, by far, 

Has to be that sweet guitar. 

This creates Rock stars !!

@Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris 

Thank you for explaining that about the “Spanish opening” 

.. I play chess but not strategically enough to name the openings 

Jorge Bañón

2 months ago #20

I had the opportunity to take part in the preservation works of the Isaac Peral' submarine. After many years of abandonment, we dig into the hull but also into the plans and texts of the engineer. And what we found is really astonishing: it was the first submersible in the world to launch a torpedo when submerged, it was the first to trim efficiently and maintain a constant navigation depth and it was the first to mount a WC that was able to operate against the water pressure over the hull.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 months ago #19

I'd also add the TV show “Money Heist” (at least the original seasons before Netflix bought it). Few studios make original shows like that…

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #18



Andrés Segovia - Leyend

Neil Smith

2 months ago #17

Has to be the guitar really. 

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #16

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 months ago #15

I'd go with number 13: the Spanish Opening (in Chess). Probably one of the most popular openings in the 1500s, the Spanish opening opened a series of tactical opportunities on the board, yielding interesting “open” positions. Without openings like that, chess probably wouldn't have become as popular a game in Europe, from where it strung as an international sport. Today it's been analyzed to death so most chess players prefer other openings that yield more “closed” positions, lending themselves for positional game (more strategy than tactics). Cheers

Ken Boddie

2 months ago #14

I can’t let @Javier 🐝 CR and the Spanish get away with all the glory, and so I’ve reposted this oldy about Scots achievements here: https://au.bebee.com/producer/great-scot

Debasish Majumder

2 months ago #13

absolutely fantastic buzz @Javier 🐝 CR ! enjoyed immensely. thank you for the buzz.

Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

2 months ago #12

Estoy de acuerdo cpn @Alberto 🐝 de la Torre  en cuanto a la fregona y obviamente la jeringa tiene gran relevancia. Un apunte… la chica tiene una gran mirada, no obstante no es un chupa chups sino una piruleta lo que saborea 😜, me encanta que Dalí diseñase el logo. La historia tras el futbolín es muy bonita. 

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #11

The winner is ……. The Spanish Guitar 😎😎😎

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #10

The Spanish guitar unsurpassed, IMO!

Ken Boddie

2 months ago #8

So many things of note, 

That are Spanish, did you quote, 

From gyro chopper charms, 

To those health jabs in our arms, 

The blade that folds away, 

And the mop that wins the day, 

Then two things of dubious picks, 

Bottle bombs and cancer sticks, 

Table soccer takes a trick, 

And those lollies on a stick, 

Cable cars and ships subsea, 

Are both interesting to me,

A device for complex sums?

That’s worth holding up both thumbs,

But the winning trick, by far, 

Has to be that sweet guitar. 

Jerry Fletcher

2 months ago #6

I am taken by the breadth of the discoveries. Perhaps the readers from other countries can offer such a list because this inventive ability is human and appears all around the world.

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #5

Alberto 🐝 de la Torre

2 months ago #4

The mop. Creo que es uno de los más utilizados por todo el mundo y que revolucionó el ámbito de la vida cotidiana. Los demás, aunque también son grandes avances, tienen una función más definida o técnicamente más condicionada, por supuesto, impresionante, sin duda todas ellas y orgulloso de que sean españolas. Pero para lo que es la vida más ‘común’ y diaria, por supuesto, la fregona. 

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #3

#2 fully agreed 

Renée 🐝 Cormier

2 months ago #2

Javier 🐝 CR

2 months ago #1

For me the most relevant and influential is the Spanish guitar.

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