Did You Know….

4 Oct

Sometimes I feel like a snail under a rock when my husband, who is a walking encyclopedia both in French and English, says to me, “oh, you didn’t know that.” It’s always laced with that oh so charming French way of making you feel utterly stupid (honey, I love you anyway)! Well, in an effort to enlighten those you aren’t familiar, France was actually the forerunner of the Internet with its Minitel which debuted in the 80’s and allowed people to chat 15 years before the chat room was actually born.

Voilà, le Minitel!

Mais (but), then an English dude stepped in and invented the World Wide Web to make the American Internet work anywhere and thus, killed France’s beloved invention.

Other French inventions you may not know about:

  • Photography
  • Cinema
  • Discovery of natural rubber/latex (hmmm…..)
  • Pasteurization
  • Neon lighting
  • Metric system (the what?)
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • The LBD (aka little black dress)
  • The bikini and the pencil skirt (F U France!)
  • And then, basically anything good that has to do with cooking (THANK YOU FRANCE!)

Well, now you know….


2 Responses to “Did You Know….”

  1. Paulette Fennewald October 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Is the French kiss really theirs????just wondering.

    • French Press October 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      AHAHA…no, and neither is the French braid 🙂

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