Q:

Who invented the seesaw?

A:

Quick Answer

It is believed that Korean girls in the 17th century who were not allowed beyond the confines of their courtyard walls invented the seesaw to catapult themselves in the air high enough to glimpse the outside world, according to Patricia Newman.

Know More
Who invented the seesaw?
Credit: Derek K. Miller CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

It is still a mystery when the first seesaw appeared in history, according to Chicago Theater Beat. There are no explicit references to the playground contraption before the 17th century. Another theory on the origin of the seesaw that appears in The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes involves children borrowing a plank and a log from the local sawyers to rock up and down on for play, according to Chicago Theater Beat.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who invented the cannon?

    A:

    While the specifics regarding who first invented the cannon are not known, it is believed that the Chinese fielded the first small hand cannons in the year 1260. Cannon designs in Europe continued to evolve throughout the 17th century.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the arch?

    A:

    It is believed that the Sumerians invented the arch somewhere around 6000 B.C. The Romans, however, receive much of the credit for perfecting the design.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the bridge?

    A:

    While details surrounding the invention of the first bridge have been lost to time, a bridge in the Palk Straight is believed to be the oldest ever discovered. The first signs of civilization in the region date back 1,750,000 years ago, and the bridge is believed to be as old.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the first chair?

    A:

    The ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first to invent a four-legged seat with a back, better known to most as a chair. The earliest examples have been found in tombs dating as far back as 2680 B.C.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore