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1. The lighter was invented before the match.
I know what you're thinking -- "That's not possible." And you're right (kind of). It depends on how you define a "match." In the 16th century, long before we struck our coated-tipped matches against a box, the first "lighter" was modified from a flintlock pistol. A match is a piece of slender wood coated in a chemical substance at one tip. A lighter is a mechanical device used primarily to light cigarettes. The lighter we use today was invented in 1823. Modern-day matches were invented in 1826, according to Todayifoundout.com.