Did you know that Alfred Nobel (of Nobel Peace Prize fame) invented dynamite? And it turns out that the dishwasher was invented by a lady named Josephine Cochran who got sick of her servants breaking her china!
Sliced bread was invented by a jeweller named Otto Frederick Rohwedder (who, according to the Brainwaves, was a bit obsessed with bread). It took him 16 years until he was satisfied with his machine!
In 1873 a rocking chair was invented that allowed the user to churn butter while rocking the baby to sleep!
In How Nearly Everything Was Invented by the Brainwaves there are plenty of interesting facts like these, to be had, and more!