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Failed Inventions (BBC)

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  1. What do you think is the best invention of the 20th century (1900-2000)? How about the 21st century (2000-now)?
  2. What do you think is the most inventive company in modern times (e.g. Apple, Sony, Nintendo)? Why do you think so?
  3. What characteristics or features will make a new product popular?
  4. What do you normally eat for breakfast? Do you make your own breakfast or buy it from a shop? Why?
  5. Do you ever drink hot milk? If so, when? If not, why not?
  6. Have you ever heard of the Sony "Walkman"? If so, can you explain what it is to your partner? If not, what do you think it might be?
  7. Do you ever watch "black and white" (monochrome) movies? Why or why not?
  8. How often do you use your washing machine? How did people wash clothes before the washing machine was invented?
  9. Which of these countries do you think is the most inventive: a) South Korea, b) America, c) Taiwan, d) Japan. Why do you think so?
  10. What product do you think will be invented in the near future (the next 50 years)? How about the distant future (the next 500 years)?

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