The iPhone trumps the flushing toilet, central heating or the refrigerator—at least that's what the Brits say.
They ranked the phone as the No. 8 greatest invention in history, beating out the inventions above, as well as trains (No. 24), toothbrushes (No. 33) and sliced bread (No. 70). Tesco Mobile conducted the survey, which surveyed 4,000 consumers ages 18 to 65.
The wheel was the greatest invention followed by airplanes and light bulbs. The Internet and personal computers followed at fourth and fifth place, respectively. Google came in 26th. eBay ranked 60th.
Lance Batchelor, chief executive officer of Tesco Mobile, says all of the items on the list "have changed the world forever."
For a complete list of the ranked inventions, click here.
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