The state of Idaho is the birthplace of a number of inventions. A 14-year-old schoolboy from Rigby, Idaho, invented the television when he was a freshman in high school. Other Idaho inventions include the Pulaski, a tool used by firefighters around the world, and the miner's folding candle.
Although he transmitted the first all-electric picture from a San Francisco apartment, Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the TV, first envisioned television while a freshman at Rigby High School in Idaho. The student even drew a sketch for his teacher. Years later, Farnsworth would use that sketch to help him win a court case to prove that he was, in fact, the inventor of the television.
The world's largest man-made geyser was inadvertently created in Soda Springs, Idaho, when a local man looking for heated water for a swimming pool instead drilled into an underground chamber filled with pressurized gas and water. The geyser reached the earth's surface at 84 degrees Fahrenheit and is now capped and regulated.
A mattock-axe tool used in firefighting, called the Pulaski, was invented after the great Wallace fire of 1910. Ketchum, Idaho, resident Dick Fosbury invented the Fosbury Flop, a high jumping technique. A patent for a miner's folding candlestick was filed by Idaho resident George Winchester in 1910.