The world has never been so technologically advanced that we can do almost everything at the tip of our fingers. Life has drastically changed since the advent of modern technology and we’ve become dependent since then. From communication, transportation to doing basic everyday activities modern technology is always on our side. But despite having too much technology today, we’ve also lost some great ones along the way. Most people don’t even know hat such things even existed. These lost technologies were so way ahead of its time that it was mind blowing that these things were invented during its time. Some of these amazing inventions were rediscovered and dumb founded the scientists of our time. They thought they were ahead but someone else was. There were even some inventions that they have yet to figure out its use. Want to know what these lost gems are? Check out this gallery of amazing lost technologies that we can no longer use.
Flexible glass is a legendary lost invention from the time of Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar’s reign. The craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking bowl made of flexible glass before the Emperor who threw it to the floor, where the bowl dented rather than shattering. The inventor then easily fixed it with a small hammer. After he swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture, Tiberius had the man beheaded, fearing that the material could cut the value of gold and silver.
Damascus Steel is a type of steel used for producing sword blades in the Middle East. These swords have distinctive patterns of banding which are comparable to flowing water. People have claimed that these blades were so tough that it is able to slice through rocks and even cut other blades in half. It also has given rise to many legends, like the ability to cut through a rifle barrel or cut a hair falling across the blade. How cool is that?! The material used for forging the weapons is known to be imported wootz steel from Sri Lanka, but the process of making the swords and knives is what actually makes them unique and incredibly strong. Not only that, but it has been known that the blade forged this way was also extremely flexible. The particular process for forging Damascus steel appears to have disappeared sometime around 1750 AD.
Starlite is an indestructible heat-resistant plastic invented by amateur chemist Maurice Ward during the 1970s and 80s after seeing a plane burst into flames. In 1993, it received much publicity thanks to the show Tomorrow’s World. The material was tested to withstand as much as 10,000 degrees Celsius and could even survive blasts 75 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb. NASA got very interested in getting hold of the material but Ward refused to reveal how he made it as he didn’t want other people making money off of his invention. In 2011, he died along with his secret.
Violins are probably one of the earliest stringed instruments used. There something about these instruments the exudes classic elegance and nobility. Back in the 1700s, the Stradivari violins were very much sought after because of its amazing sound and quality that no has and most likely will ever be able to replicate. The process of making these one-of-a-kind violins is a closely guarded family secret. It was only the patriarch Antonio Stradivari and his sons, Omobono and Francesco who knew the secret. Sadly, after the patriarch and his sons died, the secret died with them. Now, there are thought to be only 600 of the instruments left and each is considered to being worth millions.
Mithridates also known as Mithridiatum, Mithridatum or Mithridaticum refers to any generally all-purpose antidote. It is an ancient semi-mythical remedy that contains as much as 65 ingredients that are widely used as an antidote for poisoning. It was one of the most complex and sought after drug during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the Middle Ages, the concoction was used as part of a regimen to ward off potential threats of plague. The drug has been used continually for centuries particularly in Italy and France. The updated recipe is called theriac and was well-known during the 19th century. Stories have it that even its inventor wasn’t able to commit suicide by poisoning because he has ingested the concoction over the years. Sadly, the recipe was lost centuries ago.