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Readers who have explored this blog's Ingenious Timeline may be forgiven for thinking the vast majority of useful inventions were made by Brits. The number of innovations and inventions is vast, and we are constantly seeking to fill gaps. Today's Guardian reminds us of an omission.

Zebra crossings are one of those inventions that has been adopted around the world without generating any royalties, rather like the English language itself, as the Guardian points out. The first zebra crossings were introduced in 1949, and are traced back to the Belisha beacons named after the Minister of Transport, Leslie Hore-Belisha.

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