Which came first: Coca-Cola or Oreo?
The classic soda company was founded in 1892, but Oreo cookies wouldn't be produced until 1912.
Which came first: ketchup or mustard?
By some accounts, tangy mustard has been adorning sandwiches since the Roman empire, although the first documented use of it was in Paris in 1292. Tomato ketchup didn't come onto the scene until 1812.
Which came first: baseball or basketball?
Games similar to baseball were documented in the U.S. back in the 18th century, but modern baseball was invented in 1845. Basketball was invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, by a Canadian physical education instructor named James Naismith.
Which came first: guitar or violin?
Early manifestations of guitar-like instruments date back to the 1200s. The five-string baroque guitar came about in Spain during the mid-16th century, but the modern guitar wasn't created until 1850 by Antonio Torres Jurando. Liras (ancient bowed instruments) have been documented as early as the 8th and 9th centuries. The first written documentation of a violin was in 1538, and the oldest surviving violin is believed to be from 1558.
Which came first: latte or cappuccino?
The cappuccino gained popularity in Italy in 1930. The first recorded cafe latte was introduced in the United States in the 1950s.
Which came first: Microsoft or Apple?
Microsoft was founded on April 4, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Apple was founded on April 1, 1976 in Cupertino, California.
Which came first: Domino's or Pizza Hut?
Pizza Hut was founded on June 15, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas. Domino's was founded on Dec. 9, 1960 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Which came first: the dishwasher or garbage disposal?
In 1887 Josephine Cochrane invented a device to wash her dishes quickly and and efficiently. She showed it off at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, then founded the KitchenAid company. That device was the precursor to modern dishwashers, an appliance KitchenAid would help turn into a household staple in the 1950s. The first garbage disposal was invented in 1927 by John W. Hammes. He patented the invention, founding InSinkErator in 1940.
Which came first: Oxford or Cambridge?
Oxford has been a school since 1096, but Cambridge wasn't founded until 1630.
Which came first: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or Twizzlers?
Harry Burnett "H. B." Reese invented the infamous peanut butter cup in 1928. However, Y&S Candies, which manufactures Twizzlers, is one of the oldest confectioneries in the United States. It was founded in 1845, and Twizzlers were released the same year.
Which came first: Instagram or Twitter?
Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006 in San Francisco. Instagram wouldn't come along until Oct. 6, 2010.
Which board game came first: Clue or Monopoly?
Monopoly was the first game marketed by the Parker Brothers in 1935. Clue was licensed and released by Parker Brothers in 1949.
Which came first: the first flight or sliced bread?
The Wright Brothers took off on Dec. 17, 1903. Sliced bread wouldn't be sold in stores until 1928.
Which came first: the NFL or NBA?
The NFL was founded on Aug. 20, 1920, in Canton, Ohio. The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946, in New York City.
Which came first: microwave or television?
Microwave cooking technology made its debut at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, but the modern microwave wouldn't be marketed until 1947. The first television was invented by 21-year-old Philo Taylor Farnsworth in 1927.
Which came first: DVD or USB?
Universal serial bus (USB) was released in late 1995. DVDs weren't far behind; they were introduced in Nov. 1996.
Which came first: Blu-ray or Bluetooth?
Bluetooth was developed by electrical engineer Jaap Haartsen and released by Ericsson in 1994. Blu-ray wouldn't be released until June 2006.
Which came first: hockey or soccer?
Cuju, an early Chinese predecessor to soccer, appeared sometime in 1000-2000 A.D. Note that FIFA recognizes cuju as the first version of modern soccer. There are many other accounts of different civilizations playing variations of games similar to soccer, but sports clubs started playing organized soccer matches around the late 1700s. The first official hockey match happened on March 3, 1875 at Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink.
Which came first: the blender or the stand mixer?
The blender was invented by Stephen Poplawski in 1922. Hand mixers were around as early as the 1850s, but Herbert Johnson invented the electric stand mixer in 1908.
Which came first: Ford or General Motors?
Ford was established on June 16, 1903. General Motors was founded on Sept. 16, 1908.
Which came first: Scrabble or Yahtzee?
Architect Alfred Mosher Butts invented Scrabble in 1938, but game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe didn't patent Yahtzee until 1956.
Which came first: modern scissors or the protractor?
The earliest scissors were used in Mesopotamia about 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, and during the Middle Ages people used spring scissors. Modern pivoted scissors weren't manufactured until 1761. A tool similar to a protractor was documented in the 13th century. Thomas Blundeville writes of using an early version of the protractor in 1589, and by the 17th century, the protractor was part of the standard toolkit for sea navigators and land surveyors.
Which came first: Playstation or Super Nintendo?
The Super Nintendo console was released in Japan on Nov. 21, 1990. The Playstation was released on Dec. 3, 1994.
Which came first: volleyball or football?
Volleyball was invented by YMCA physical education director William G. Morgan in 1895. American football dates back to the early 19th century, and semi-official games were played at Harvard and Princeton in the 1820s.
Which came first: pressure cooker or toaster?
French physicist Denis Papin invented the air-tight "steam digester" in 1679 to help reduce cooking time for food. In 1864, Georg Gutbrod started producing cast-iron pressure cookers. The first electric toaster was invented by Alan MacMasters in 1893.
Which state came first: Alaska or Hawaii?
This is a close one, but Alaska gained statehood on Jan. 3, 1959. Hawaii got its statehood a few months later on Aug. 21, 1959.
Which came first: Stonehenge or The Great Pyramid of Giza?
This one is a little tricky, so we're giving you credit for either answer. Historians believe construction began on Stonehenge around 3001 B.C., and some believe construction continued until about 2000 B.C.. This overlaps with construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was completed in 2560 B.C.
Which came first: The Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind?
Here's another close one: The Wizard of Oz was released on Aug. 25, 1939, and Gone with the Wind hit theaters on Jan. 17, 1940.
Which came first: Rolling Stone or Vogue?
The fist issue of Rolling Stone came out on November 9, 1967, while Vogue was released on Dec. 17 in 1892.
Which came first: Van Gogh's Starry Night or Da Vinci's Mona Lisa?
It's difficult to know exact dates, but it's believed that Leonardo da Vinci began work on the famous Mona Lisa in either 1503 or 1513. Van Gogh wouldn't paint Starry Night until June 1889.
Which came first: NBC or CBS?
The NBC network was founded on November 15, 1926, in New York City. The CBS network was founded about a year later, on September 18, 1927.
Which came first: the fall of the Roman empire or the printing press?
The final Roman emperor, Romulus, was overthrown in 476 AD. The Chinese were using wood-block printing as early as 868, and the modern printing press would be invented in the 15th century.
Which came first: compact discs or VHS?
VHS cassettes were released in Japan on Sep. 9, 1976 and in the United States on Aug. 23, 1977. The CD wasn't released until 1982.
Which came first: the ballpoint pen or pencils with erasers?
Hymen Lipman was the first to put in a patent for an eraser at the end of pencil on March 30, 1858. The very first patent for a ballpoint pen was in 1888, but failed. It wasn't until June 15, 1938 that the product actually came to market.
Which came first: Fritos or Cheetos?
Fritos were developed and released in 1932, while Cheetos hit stores in 1948.
Which came first: Mr. Potato Head or Barbie?
George Lerner patented Mr. Potato Head in 1952, but Barbie didn't make her debut until 1959.
Which came first: Mickey Mouse or Buggs Bunny?
Walt Disney drew Mickey into existence in 1928, but Bugs Bunny didn't have his official debut until 1940.
Which came first: the floppy disk or the pocket calculator?
The modern electronic calculator was released in October 1961, and Alan Shugart invented the floppy disk in 1967.
Which came first: bubble gum or the sewing machine?
There are early iterations of sewing machines from 1755 and 1790, but the first widely used and patented style wasn't developed until 1830. Accountant Walter Diemer invented bubble gum in 1928.
Which came first: the microscope or the steam engine?
The first microscope was invented in 1590. The patent for a steam engine wasn't filed until 1698.