Category Archives: invention

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