Category Archives: innovation

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)

 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.  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

out of chaos.

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one of these is not like the others….

kinder uses

‘the firefighter plan ahead and use less steps approach’

to getting winter clothes on

quickly and with less chaos

brilliant.

“invention,

it must be humbly admitted,

does not consist in creating out of void,

but out of chaos.”

-mary shelley 

if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – milton berle

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the cousins

set up a business

selling  lemonade

to a captive audience

of family and friends.

 some of the employees

wait for the customers

to come to their door

and at times business is slow.

but one,

the littlest,

has an out of the box idea.

he quietly

reclaims

lemonade

already sold

and pours it back

into the the pitcher

to resell again.

to the same captive audience.

“i’m a hustler, baby; i sell water to a well!”
― jay-z