Massachusetts is famous for many things. The Boston Tea Party, terrible accents, and rapid sports fans, just to name a few. But besides the obvious, did you know Massachusetts is famous for the invention and development of many items, most still in existence today?

Many of the historic Massachusetts inventions and firsts are household staples that were created out of necessity, or in some cases even by accident. Others were in development for years at some of the most prestigious and well-respected colleges and institutions.

As a lifelong Bay State resident, I was surprised to learn that some of these items were invented right here in my home state.

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18 Groundbreaking Inventions that Came from Massachusetts

Check out the list below and let us know if we missed any.

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