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You'll never guess what happened on December 28, 120 years ago. The dishwasher was invented! And even more amazingly, it was invented by a female!

Months earlier, Josephine Cochran declared with disgust, "If nobody else is going to invent a dish washing machine, I'll do it myself." Lo and behold she did just that.

She revealed her invention at the 1893 world's fair to mixed reviews and it was originally adopted only by hotels and large restaurants. The dishwasher wasn't used by the general public until the 1950s. Today of course we all depend on our dishwashers. I say we load up our dishwashers and raise a glass to Josephine Cochran for making all of our lives easier. Cheers Josephine!

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wynter wynter 10 years
I've never had a dishwasher - my mom has a portable one though. I actually don't mind washing dishes too much. My boys like to help me do that chore so it helps. :) ___________________________________ Mississippi State University Mascot
Food Food 10 years
yep, butcher block top, so it doubles as a kitchen island. and yes! it's saving my marriage too!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Well let me tell you all that my dishwasher saved my marriage. Seriously, I don't know how we would have survived all those dirty dishes if it wasn't for my trusty Bosch. I love it!!! Yum - I grew up with one those portable ones. Does it have a butcher block top?
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I've been tempted to get one of those for myself, yum! One of my old apartments had one. But I figure handwashing keeps me from being too lazy!
Food Food 10 years
The house I live in actually doesn't have a dishwasher either, but a friend of ours gave us her old portable one. It's a full size real dishwasher that you just roll over to the sink when you want to use it. It has been a lifesaver - I didn't even know they made them!
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I wish I had that choice! I don't have one, but then I really don't mind handwashing too much. Of course, if I had a dishwasher I certainly would use it!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I have a dishwasher and I STILL wash my own dishes. It's a force of habit.
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