Things the World Wouldn’t Have Without Hungarians

Did you ever wonder what the world would be like without the contributions of Hungarians? Of course you haven’t! Almost no one has. But maybe you should. 

Hungarian Parliament by Zoltan Pelle

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People all over the world have a sort of, kind of, maybe relationship with Hungary. Too many people don’t even know where Hungary is located. It’s either somewhere in Europe or somewhere in Asia. If you go there, are you ’hungry?’ Of course, these same people usually have no idea of the contributions Hungarians have made to the world.

Here is a list of things the world wouldn’t have if it weren’t for Hungarians.

A world without soda water

Yes, the man who invented the soda water machine was Hungarian – Ányos Jedlik, 19th century physicist Benedictine monk. He first introduced his invention to his friends, then szódavíz (bubbly water) quickly became popular in Hungary. If he had not existed, we’d probably still be drinking still water only.

A world with less healthy people

Ever heard of Albert Szent-Györgyi? He was the doctor who discovered vitamin C. Without him, we probably wouldn’t know how much we can strengthen our immune system.

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A world without sleek presentations

Prezi was invented by three brilliant Hungarians: Adam Somlai-Fischer, Peter Halacsy and Peter Arvai. It has revolutionized how we make presentations and became indispensable almost instantly. Chris Anderson, CEO of TED said the following about Prezi, the cloud based presentation and storytelling software invented in 2009:

“Prezi is helping reinvent the art of presentation. Farewell, one-dimensional thinking. Welcome instead the power of inter-connection, flexibility, and the unexpected ‘Aha!”

A world without Rubik’s Cubes

You may say it wouldn’t be such a huge loss, but that’s only because you probably don’t know how to solve it. (That’s OK, neither do I). Once you do learn how to solve it, however, you will realize how enjoyable and fun this toy is.

A world without the Pulitzer Prize

Joseph J. Pulitzer – born József Pulitzer – was a Hungarian newspaper publisher who lived in the U.S. The award was first given in journalism in 1917 by Columbia University. It has expanded since, recognizing achievements in literature, poetry, history, music, and drama.

A world with a lot fewer talented people

Hungary has given a lot of talented people to the world. Some of them were born in Hungary, and others were/are of Hungarian ancestry. Some of the most well-known are: Tony Curtis, Rachel Weis, Drew Barrymore, Alanis Morissette, Adrian Brody, Peter Falk, Goldie Hawn, Joaquin Phoenix, Calvin Klein, Estée Lauder, Gene Simmons and Robert Capa. Other famous Hungarians you may have heard of include Harry Houdini, Béla Lugosi, Andy Vajna, Ferenc Puskás, Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Márta Sebestyén and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Read about Hungarian beauties and womanizers from the past!

A world with fewer alcoholic beverages

Many people still haven’t heard of the famous ‘Pálinka‘. It’s a Hungarian traditional fruit brandy that most Hungarians love. Also, ever heard of ‘Unicum’? It’s a Hungarian herbal liqueur, a well-known digestif and all-purpose stomach calmer. If you like Jägermeister, you’ll probably like Unicum as well. There are also several world famous wines that wouldn’t exist without Hungarians.

Featured image by Pelle Zoltán photography.