28. "The French won't accept new ideas. They're not inventive."

     Here are some of the inventions and discoveries which have come from France:

Aluminium (discovered simultaneously in U. S. and France)
Braille system of reading for the blind
Breech-loading shotgun
Cellophane
Commercial gas engine
Electric steel
Electric storage battery
Flying balloon
Gyroscope
Iron galvanizing process
Laminated glass
Machine for making paper
Metallic cartridge
Pasteurization
Phosphorus match
Photography
Rayon
Rayon nitrocellulose
Screw propeller
Sewing machine
Smokeless powder
Steam automobile
Steam pressure gauge
Stethoscope
Synthesis of camphor
Television 1000 line screen


     The Nobel Prize has been awarded since 1901 for contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Physiology, Literature and the Advancement of Peace. The prizes are awarded irrespective of nationality, race or creed. From 1901 to 1939, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 203 individuals. The United States won 25. The French won 28.

     The only person who has ever been awarded the Nobel Prize twice was Mme Marie Curie.