I was reading about this cool kiddo in North Caldwell, New Jersey, and how at the ripe old age of 11 he is inventing things.  I don't know about you, but in the 6th grade, I was not doing anything productive at all. In fact, I'm sure I was memorizing facts about New Kids On The Block from the latest issue of Tiger Beat magazine.

Little Nicholas Gencarelli invented his own, very cool version of the vending machine in his spare time.  Apparently, you can build anything out of Legos!  This creation dispenses real candy for a quarter. Now he's just showing off!  Sharing is caring so of course he brought his invention into his class at Gould Elementary.  I see an engineering job in this kid's future!

I started thinking about some other cool inventions that came out of Jersey and I bet you didn't even know these things that we all use almost every day were born right here in the Garden State.

I Bet You Never Knew These Things Were Invented In New Jersey

Baseball season is back!  Did you know that baseball was born right here in New Jersey?  Back in 1846, the first official baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey!  Yeah, we'll take credit for that! Go Yankees!

Ocean County District 18 Little League baseball. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media/Shore Sports Network)
Ocean County District 18 Little League baseball. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media/Shore Sports Network)
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In 1928, a brilliant man named Willis Carrier sold the very first air conditioner out of Newark.  These units were the first to be sized small enough to fit inside a residential home. God bless you, sir.  GOD BLESS YOU.

I fell off my bike and skinned my knee this weekend.  I know, I fell off my bike like I'm 10.  When I went inside to clean it up, I reached for a Band-Aid and had a dose of Jersey pride. Did you know they were invented here too?  In 1920 an employee at Johnson & Johnson invented them in New Brunswick.

Photo by Possessed Photography on Unsplash
Photo by Possessed Photography on Unsplash
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How about this for a bragging point.  Cell phone calls are all Jersey's!  The very first successful cell phone call in history was on record in 1973 at Bell Labs.  That’s pretty huge!

You love to stomp on it, but did you know bubble wrap was not only invented in New Jersey but it was originally meant to be wallpaper?  The wall paper was a no-go but IBM did see its worth as a means to protect their computers when shipping them back in 1961.  Sometimes the most useful inventions are just mistakes.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
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If you ask me, all of these inventors are total rockstars. Here are some more stars from New Jersey.

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