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thanks to our neighbors, on canada day.
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
all in the same boat.
Barrow, Alaska in darkness on Monday
On Friday, the sun set for the final time in Barrow, Alaska, as the city plunges into polar darkness for the next two months and, in December, formally changes its name to Utqiaġvik, according to Alaska Dispatch News.
The next dawn in Utqiaġvik will be January 22, 2017, the first sunlight under its new name, an Inupiaq word that the wider area of Barrow has long gone by. The city of around 4,300 was incorporated in 1958 and originally took its name from nearby Point Barrow, named by a Royal Navy officer in 1825.
The city is the northernmost in the U.S. and each year spends a couple of months in darkness, owing to its position hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle, and about 2,000 miles northwest of Seattle.
Residents recently voted to permanently change the town’s name to honor indigenous peoples and the area’s roots. Locals seem relaxed about Barrow’s final sunset. As ADN reports, the sun “was nowhere to be seen” on Friday, and Qaiyaan Harcharek, a Barrow City Council member who led the drive to change the name, said the event didn’t have much of an effect on him. “I didn’t put much thought to it,” Harcharek told ADN.
“hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
credits: alaska dispatch news, erik shilling, university of alaska- fairbanks, atlas obscura
go north. and then go more north. and just a bit more north yet.
heading to the great white north
speeding on a train
one group of friends
one piñata head
one group of others waiting for us there
and bringing heaps of american spirit to go around.
“the cool thing about being famous is traveling. i have always wanted to travel across seas, like to canada and stuff.”
– britney spears
image credits: googleimages