Q&A: What Is the Greatest Invention of All Time?

October 8, 2009 Updated: October 8, 2009

Thea Wedephol, Store Manager, Manhattan&#8212The wheel. Because it gets us everywhere we need to go. It reminds me of when I came to the U.S. Without wheels, an airplane would not be able to get here. The wheel made me able to travel from country to country. I like to travel. I grew up in Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, and Japan.
Thea Wedephol, Store Manager, Manhattan&#8212The wheel. Because it gets us everywhere we need to go. It reminds me of when I came to the U.S. Without wheels, an airplane would not be able to get here. The wheel made me able to travel from country to country. I like to travel. I grew up in Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, and Japan.
What is the greatest invention of all time?

From the wheel, allowing world travel, to cell phones to avoid police, we asked New Yorkers what they think is the greatest invention of all time.

Fred Thomas, Bass Guitar Player, Brooklyn&#8212The cell phone. Anytime you go to the airport to pick someone up, you can call to know when the person is coming. This way you can park outside the airport to pick the people and their luggage up, without being chased by the police.
Fred Thomas, Bass Guitar Player, Brooklyn&#8212The cell phone. Anytime you go to the airport to pick someone up, you can call to know when the person is coming. This way you can park outside the airport to pick the people and their luggage up, without being chased by the police.
Phuntsok Tashi, Sales Person, Queens&#8212All the different cultures in New York. It is really interesting, we have people here from almost every religion and country over the world, trying to make it work. I find this really interesting.
Phuntsok Tashi, Sales Person, Queens&#8212All the different cultures in New York. It is really interesting, we have people here from almost every religion and country over the world, trying to make it work. I find this really interesting.
Allan Jones, Security Guard at the Empire State Building, Brooklyn&#8212The wheel. It made people be a bit more mobile. It made the world more mobile. Allan said he couldn't live without the wheel 'because I got a nice car.'
Allan Jones, Security Guard at the Empire State Building, Brooklyn&#8212The wheel. It made people be a bit more mobile. It made the world more mobile. Allan said he couldn't live without the wheel 'because I got a nice car.'
Emanuel Fontana, Security Guard at a Public Library&#8212The light. Well, if you don't have it, you don't cope with anything. You need electricity to run anything, all over the world.
Emanuel Fontana, Security Guard at a Public Library&#8212The light. Well, if you don't have it, you don't cope with anything. You need electricity to run anything, all over the world.

 

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