Official: The iPhone is more important than a toilet

iPhone-Cake_slideshow_image We British are a sensible, restrained and measured bunch. We’re not easily impressed by flash and trash, preferring instead to value substance over style.

Which is probably why we regard the iPhone to be a more important invention than pointless ephemera such as the car, the camera and the flushing toilet.

The 4,000 British folk who were questioned for the Tesco Mobile survey regarded the wheel as the best invention ever, with heavyweights like the aeroplane, the lightbulb and the internet nestling at the top of the chart and the iPhone not far behind.

Shoes? Not as important as the iPhone.
Fridges? Not as important as the iPhone.
Hot water? Not as important as the iPhone.
Beds? Not as important as the iPhone.

Well done Britain!

100 GREATEST INVENTIONS 1. Wheel 2. Aeroplane 3. Light bulb 4. Internet 5. PCs 6. Telephone 7. Penicillin 8. iPhone 9. Flushing toilet 10. Combustion engine 11. Contraceptive pill 12. Washing machine 13. Central heating 14. Fridge 15. Pain killers 16. Steam engine 17. Freezer 18. Camera 19. Cars 20. Spectacles 21. Mobile phones 22. Toilet paper 23. Hoover 24. Trains 25. Google 26. Microwave 27. Email 28. The pen 29. Hot water 30. Shoe 31. Compass 32. Ibuprofen 33. Toothbrush 34. Hair straighteners 35. Laptops 36. Knife and fork 37. Scissors 38. Paper 39. Space travel 40. Kettle 41. Calculator 42. Bed 43. Remote control 44. Roof 45. Air conditioning 46. SAT NAV 47. Wi-Fi 48. Cats-eyes 49. Matches 50. Power steering 51. Tumble dryer 52. Bicycle 53. Sky+ 54. Tea bags 55. Umbrella 56. iPod 57. Taps 58. Crash helmet 59. Wristwatch 60. eBay 61. DVD player 62. Nappies 63. Ladder 64. Sun tan lotion 65. Lawnmower 66. Make-up 67. Chairs 68. Sunglasses 69. The game of football 70. Sliced bread 71. Sofa 72. Razor blades 73. Screwdriver 74. Motorways 75. Head/ear phones 76. Towels 77. Push-up bra 78. Binoculars 79. WD40 80. Mascara 81. Hair dryer 82. Facebook 83. Escalator 84. Hair dye 85. Wellington boots 86. Spell check 87. Calendars 88. Cheese grater 89. Buses 90. Post-it notes 91. Gloves 92. Satellite discs 93. Pedestrian crossing 94. Baby's dummy 95. Curtains 96. Bottle opener 97. Food blender 98. Dustpan and brush 99. Desks 100. Clothes peg



  • Tom P.
    "92. Satellite discs" ??? This time next year, 3D porn will be number one.
  • Fatal E.
    Anyone who would put an iPhone in the top 10 needs to be sterilised. They put it before glasses FFS! Without glasses science just wouldn't get done.
  • Smithdogg
    Painkillers at 15, and Ibuprofen at 32? Tits.
  • Ross
    The internet is more important than computers.....hmmm, how would that work then ??
  • zacspeed
    The wheel? more important than hair straightners? WTF!!
  • Steve
    Beer not even in the top 100?
  • Lumoruk
    notice mobile phones at 21, so the iphone isn't a mobile phone now?
  • Tom
    WTF! DIS REAL?!?! Tesco mobile sells iphones, go figure.
  • Bob
    iPhone > Combustion engine. Who'da thunk it...
  • Paul N.
    I think the joke goes... "Wheels? There's an app for that."
  • Peacecap J.
    My god there are a lot of idiots out there aren't there. Which part of the iPhone is actually an original invention anyway? Would be interesting to see where it appears in the list in twenty years time...
  • Noghar
    Q: What in your opinion is more useless than a 'survey' designed by Tesco to plug their iPhones? A. A chocolate teapot B. Tits on a bull C. Articles repeating the results of such a survey and commenting on them as if they had any significance whatsoever.
  • One t.
    The iPhone isn't a fucking invention, it's a mixture of inventions already thought up yonks ago. Anyone got an app for driving properly?
  • Nobby
    Anyone that voted iphone above the flushing toilet should have their toilets removed. Removing human faeces from the carpet, there is an app for that.
  • donttouchthehair
    61. DVD player But no DVDs on the list. Or 35mm film and film cameras. And no paper clip or medical equipment like X-ray machines. PATHETIC!
  • Brad
    The general public are fucking clowns.
  • CHEMO t.
    what about an app for chemo - think long and hard on that apple fans -
  • Mr G.
    The scary thing is not the relative ranking of these items but that, for each one, several people thought they were THE greatest invention. How many sad fucks thought the clothes peg was the greatest invention ever in the history of human endeavour? Even if it was just one, should that person be allowed out to go to Tesco? I can see a situation where a few harassed mums might, on the spur of the moment say a baby's dummy was a great invention but Google?! Hair straighteners?! Fucking EBAY?!!! To misquote my Uncle Joe: it's amazing what you see when you haven't brought your harpoon...
  • dude
    1) i'd put top 100/ top 10 lists as my number 1 - where would we be without them? 2) erm 3) thats 4) all 5) the 6) wit 7) I 8) can 9) muster 10) Iphone (ofcourse)
  • dude
    I think the smiley beat my attempt at wit!
  • dunfyboy
    I'd happily shit on an iphone, so, yeah, fair enough.

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