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Thank an inventor

TimeOut celebrates National Inventors Month with a listing of folks you can thank for making our lives easier.

■ If you set your VCR to record your favorite show today, thank Charles Ginsburg and Shelby Henderson, inventors of the video tape recorder (1958) and Vladimir K. Zworykin, who invented the television (1935).

■ If you fastened your child's sneakers, thank George De ­Mastral, inventor of velcro (1955).

■ If you had surgery, thank Charles T. Jackson and William T.G. Morton, inventors of ­anesthesia (1846).

■ If you tidied up this morning, thank Ives W. McGaffey, inventor of the vacuum cleaner (1859).

■ If you adjusted the thermostat, thank Willis Carrier (1906), inventor of the air conditioner.

■ If you made a call, thank Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone (1876).

■ If you e-mailed a client, thank Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch-card tabulator (1889), a predecessor of the modern computer.

■ If you're wearing pants, thank ­Whitcomb L. Judson, inventor of the zipper (1893).

■ If you are wearing underwear, thank Mary P. Jacob, inventor of the brassiere (1914) or Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.

■ If you listened to the morning show, thank Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio (1897).

■ If you rode on two wheels, thank Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (1866)

■ If you read this article, thank Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press (1439).

Source: U.s. Patent Office