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Betty White's Older Than You Think And These Facts Prove It

It's hard to believe that Betty White is already 95 years old! The hilarious comedienne was born in 1922 and she still has more spunk and (arguably) comedic timing than any young actress in Hollywood.

A lot has happened in the years since Betty was born, and a lot of things were invented. It's kind of amazing to think about how many 'social firsts' Betty has witnessed in 95 years.

When you stop to think about it, there are so many important things we use today that were actually invented after Betty was born!

Here are a few:

Traffic Signal:

Thank goodness the red/yellow/green traffic signal was invented by Garrett Morgan a year after baby Betty was born!

Before electric signals, traffic was controlled by traffic police and automated traffic signals that only had red and green lights.

Television:

Young Betty didn't have to live too long without television.

Mechanical televisions was sold commercially when she was four years old, but electronic televisions weren't available until Betty was in her 20s, in the 1940s.

Sliced bread:

By the time she was five years old, Betty could eat her morning toast on perfectly sliced bread thanks to the first commercial bread slicer!

Penicillin:

When it was invented, Betty was already six years old, but it wasn't used to treat infections until 1942.

Car radio:

Betty was already eight years old when the first car with it's own radio hit the markets.

Sunglasses:  

The first Foster Grant sunglasses were invented in 1929 and by 1937, about 20 million sunglasses were sold in the United States.

Electric Can Opener :

Even though the handheld version is still available today, if you can afford to splurge on an electric opener, do it - we bet Betty has one.

Sunscreen:

By the time she turned 14, the first sun screen hit the markets.

The First McDonald's fast food chain:

When the first McDonald's was established, Betty was 18 years old.

Microwave Oven:

When the first microwave oven was invented, Betty was 24. She had already appeared on numerous radio shows, including her own: The Betty White Show.

Seat Belts:

Betty was already 37 when the first car seat belts became available to the public.

Automatic Teller Machines:

Betty was entering mid-life when the first ATMs came to America.

Cellphones:

While most teens today get their first cellphone at 14 years old, Betty had to wait until someone invented the first cellphone.

She was 51 when the first Motorola hit the market!

Betty White may be older than sliced bread, but she's still a class act!

[h/t The History of Learning Site / Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG / Diply]

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