Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!


Inventions can change the world in an instant. Inventions are thought of every minute but very few of them actually make it to market. In this section we'll examine amazing inventions from all throughout history.

How to Think of an Invention

You're sure you have it in you to think of an invention, but you're not sure how to do it. Get some tips here on how to think of an invention.

Homemade Flamethrowing Guitar Plays Seriously Hot Licks

Inventor Colin Furze creates his own flamethrowing guitar. Learn more about this homemade flamethrower guitar in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

How the Hybrid Sports Bicycle Works

The Hybrid Sports Bike is a three-in-one, combining gas, electric and pedal power. Learn more about the Hybrid Sports Bike at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Innovations in Winemaking

Winemaking has been around for thousands of years, so there have been lots of innovations in the practice. Learn about 10 innovations in winemaking. See more »

5 Innovative Social Devices

Social devices like smartphones and tablets have changed our social lives. Learn about 5 of the most innovative social devices. See more »

How Newton’s Cradles Work

The spheres of Newton's cradles show how momentum and energy are conserved as they transfer force to each other. Read more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do you know how to think of an invention? Find out how to think of an invention in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Who invented the sandwich?

Before you take a bite out of your sandwich, have you ever wondered who invented it? In this article by they answer the question: Who invented the sandwich? See more »

When was the first battery invented?

Batteries are a necessity for our every day life, but have you ever wondered when was the first battery invented? Find out with this article by See more »

10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous

10 silly inventions that became wildly famous are explained in this article. Find out what these crazy inventions were and who invented them by See more »

Top 10 NASA Inventions

Do you know the top 5 NASA inventions? Check out the top 5 NASA inventions in this article from See more »