Inventions: Fact or Fiction Quiz
See if you can spot the real versus fictional inventions in this quiz. All the real inventions here have either applied for or received patents.start quiz
Question 1 of 9
You need answers, you need a Ghost Detector.
... This one is real. Well, yes, it is an actual invention but it has more to do with ghost images in your television than poltergeists in your attic. It helps pinpoint the cause of ghost images in your TV. So far, the best bet for detecting ghosts of the Halloween variety has yet to be determined.
Question 2 of 9
Bad apples? Not with the Fruit Spinner.
... This one is fictional, for now anyway, but one could imagine such a device on the International Space Station. It would use centrifugal forces to keep apples fresh in zero gravity. We're still working out the details.
Question 3 of 9
Fear no hurricane with the Anti-flood Automobile Bag.
... This one is real. It's an airtight bag that wraps around your car. You wouldn’t doubt its usefulness if you ever had to watch your Honda floating down the river, filling up with catfish.
Question 4 of 9
Get better foam with the Floating Beer Widget.
... This one is real. A small plastic bubble of air controls the mixture of pressure and nitrogen in a canned beer, giving it a smoother head of foam. It's frequently used in canned British beer.
Question 5 of 9
No more soggy cereal with the Crunch Protector.
... This one is real. This device will help you keep your Wheaties crispy. With the milk on the bottom, cereal on top and a chute in the middle to portion out your bites, it keeps your cereal from turning to mush.
Question 6 of 9
Fresh air anywhere with Greenhouse Helmet.
... This one is real. The Greenhouse Helmet is a bubble that has space for oxygen-producing plants to grow around the wearer's head. No word on royalties accrued for this invention yet.
Question 7 of 9
Don’t risk injury in the kitchen -- use the Fiber-optic Knife Sharpener.
... This one is real. The fiber-optics control the angle of the knife during sharpening. The actual sharpening of the knife is done the old-fashioned way.
Question 8 of 9
Why suffer? Try the Mosquito Noise Reducer.
... This one is real. Unfortunately, it does nothing to prevent those annoying insect noises that ruin a good barbecue. It is actually a method for reducing a distortion called "mosquito noise" in digital images.
Question 9 of 9
Get the best seat on the plane with Airplane Prism Windows.
... This one is fictional. Writer Frederik Pohl came up with this idea in the 1952 book, The Space Merchants. It's a type of airplane window that allows passengers to see straight down for the ultimate window seat.