thanks to our neighbors, on canada day.

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things you might not know were invented in canada

 

1. Peanut Butter -1884 (by a pharmacist as an option for people who couldn’t chew food)

2. The Wonder Bra – 1939 (by Canadian Lady Corset Company)

3.Trivial Pursuit – 1979 (by a sports editor and photo editor who couldn’t find all their Scrabble squares)

Β 4. Odometer – 1954 (by a nova scotia inventor)

5. Rotary Snowplow – 1869 (by a dentist – a popular train track clearing device)

6. Egg Carton – 1911 (by a newspaper editor who found a new use for paper)

7. Imax – 1967 (by 3 filmmakers and an engineer)

8. McIntosh Apples – 1835 (by a farmer grafting his wild apple trees)

9. Walkie Talkie – 1937 – (by a western canadian inventor)

10. Insulin – 1922 – ( by 3 toronto scientists- not invented but discovered it and its use )

11. Instant Replay – 1955 (by a cbc tv producer)

12. Foghorn – 1854 (by an inventor/civil engineer/artist – who never patented it)

13.Β  Green currency ink – 1862 (by chemist/mineralogist – ink used to make us dollars green)

14. Baggage tag – 1882 (by a new brunswick railway man)

15. Paint Roller – 1940 (by a canadian inventor – later tweaked and patented by an american)

16. Standard Time- 1883 (by an engineer who brought it to canadian and american railways)

17. Wheelchair – accessible bus – 1945 (by a blind, quadriplegic veteran – took his first ride after his death)

18. Electric Wheelchair – 1952 (by an engineer)

19. Plastic Trash bags – 1950 (by 2 inventors – later sold to union carbide and became glad bags)

“i don’t even know what street canada is on.”

-al capone, american gangster

 

source credits: amanda green, mental floss, canadian pixel

77 responses »

  1. Always was told that Alexander Graham Bell (Canadian) invented the telephone but just found out
    Antonio Meucci did not renew his caveat after 1874 and Alexander Graham Bell was granted
    the patent for it in March of 1876.

    So, some scholars consider Meucci the real inventor of the telephone.

    Humm…

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  2. Not only do I love your list, but it’s interesting to see how long these things have been around. Peanut butter is one of those foods I literally can eat every day and not get tired of it.

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  3. From one of those neighbours ☺️, Thanks for the nod ! Wishing all of you south of the 49th parallel a happy 4th of July and a wonderful summer.
    (In case you wanted to round your list out to an even 20, the pacemaker was also a Canuck invention – built by a Canadian engineer based on research by 2 Canadian cardiac surgeons. )

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