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From Transistor Radios to Duct Tape – Watch 101 Gadgets That Changed the World on History Channel

by Andrew

Posted on June 15, 2011

What does a Swiss Army Knife and a woman's undergarment have in common? Both made the History Channel and Popular Mechanics magazine's '101 Gadgets That Changed The World' list which will be counted down on the History Channel, part of DISH Network programming, on Wednesday at 9/8c. Many of the gadgets that are mentioned aren't huge, over-the-top inventions, but instead are everyday items that we often take for granted. Imagine going to use a gym locker without a combination lock or not having duct tape to quickly seal a fussy leak or pack up a box. Here are just a few of the other items that did make the list of top gadgets: audiocassette, transistor radio, the gun silencer, the zippo lighter, the flashlight and the alarm clock. Keep in mind that defines gadgets in the following way: "It's small enough to hold in your hands. It's mechanical or electronic, and mass-produced. It's a personal item that evolves from novelty to necessity--and ultimately shows its paradigm-shifting power." Watch the video below to learn more about the thought process behind selecting the top gadgets over the last 200 years. The two-hour special will feature commentary from tech experts including Popular Mechanics editors, History Channel experts and specialized professors. '101 Gadgets That Changed The World' will air Wednesday, June 15 at 9/8c on the History Channel (channel 120 for DISH Network subscribers). For more information on including the History Channel and other popular programming to your satellite TV package, visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.