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The Best Inventions To Come From Canada (20 pics)

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Canada is a lot cooler than you think.

Insulin – Toronto scientists Frederick Banting, Charles Best (pictured above), and James Collip didn’t actually invent insulin in 1922 (it’s a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas). Instead, they discovered it and learned how it could treat diabetes.

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Trash Bags – Trash bags with stretchy, waterproof polyethylene at their disposal. Harry Wasylyk of Manitoba and Larry Hansen of Ontario invented the first plastic garbage bag for commercial use in 1950. Union Carbide Company bought the idea and brought Glad trash bags into homes.


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Green Currency Ink – In 1862, Thomas Sterry Hunt invented the ink that makes U.S. bill green.


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IMAX – Filmmakers Gaeme Ferguson, Roman Kroiter, Robert Kerr and engineer Robert C. Shaw founded IMAX in 1967. Kroiter produced the first IMAX film in 1970. Star Wars creator George Lucas later credited him with originating the idea of “The Force.”


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Instant Replay – CBC television producer George Retzlaff used a kinescope when he created the first ever Instant Replay in 1955. Not surprisingly, it was during a broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada.


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McIntosh Apples – McIntosh apples didn’t just grow on trees back in the day. In 1811, farmer John McIntosh began grafting a wild apple tree at his South Dundas farm. People began enjoying the fruits of his labor in 1835.




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Peanut Butter – Montreal pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson envisioned his nutty ointment-like product, patented in 1884, as a food option for people who couldn’t chew.


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Standard Time – Engineer Sandford Fleming brought standard time to U.S. and Canadian railways in 1883. Time zones became U.S. law in 1918 and were accepted worldwide by 1929.


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The Baggage Tag – John Michael Lyons of New Brunswick changed travel when he invented the first baggage tag in 1882. The revolutionary document contained information about the bag’s point of departure, destination, and owner.


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The Egg Carton – Newspaper editor Joseph Coyle of Smithers, British Columbia, found an egg-cellent new use for paper in 1911.


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The Electric Wheelchair – In 1952, engineer George Klein made the world more accessible with a motorized wheelchair.


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The Foghorn – Robert Foulis invented a steam-powered foghorn in 1854, but died penniless because he didn’t patent it.


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The Odometer – Road trips were never the same after 1854, when Nova Scotia inventor Samuel McKeen created a device that measured distance with every revolution of a carriage wheel. Though to be fair, everyone from Vitruvius to Ben Franklin were also working on this one.


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The Pain Roller – The paint roller has a messy history. Canadian Norman Breakey invented it in 1940, but an American inventor named Richards C. Adams tweaked the design and filed the first patent.


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The Rotary Snowplow – Toronto dentist named Dr. J.W. Elliot first conceived the idea of a snowplow to clean up train tracks. The snowmobile and the snowblower were also born in Canada. But the Zamboni ice resurfacer? That was invented in California.


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The Walkie-Talkie – Don Hings invented what he called the “packset” in 1937. When Canada declared war on Germany two years later, he went to Ottawa to redevelop the device for military use.


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The Wheelchair-Accessible Bus – Walter Harris Callow, a blind, quadriplegic veteran, invented the first wheelchair-accessible but in 1947. He took his first and only ride after death, when his body was transported for his funeral.


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The Wonderbra – Leave it to Canada to invent one of the most popular push-up bras ever. Montreal’s Canadian Lady Corset Company first licensed the trademark “Wonder-Bra” in 1939, and then renamed the company Wonderbra in 1961.


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Trivial Pursuit – Invented in 1979 by Scott Abbott, a Montreal sports editor, and Chris Haney, a photo editor, when they couldn’t find all their Scrabble tiles.


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The Canadian flag.


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№1 Author: bowlervtec (4 Jul 2014 00:41) Total user comments: 1364


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well no shit the canadian flag.....
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№2 Author: Hory (4 Jul 2014 02:16) Total user comments: 327


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#1 is false. I was taught in school that Paulescu ( http://www.britannica.com/EBch
ecked/topic/1784847/Nicolas-C-
Paulescu ) invented insulin and I agree with Prof Ian Murray: "Insufficient recognition has been given to Paulesco, the distinguished Roumanian scientist, who at the time when the Toronto team were commencing their research had already succeeded in extracting the antidiabetic hormone of the pancreas and proving its efficacy in reducing the hyperglycaemia in diabetic dogs."[3]

"In a recent private communication Professor Tiselius, head of the Nobel Institute, has expressed his personal opinion that Paulesco was equally worthy of the award (Nobel) in 1923."[4]
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№3 Author: Vlad Tepes (4 Jul 2014 10:24) Total user comments: 0


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# 11 The greatest invention of all times according to American Lazy and Obese Society. You can eat a lot more without risk of being unable to move.
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№4 Author: Tomaz86 (4 Jul 2014 17:13) Total user comments: 10813


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Thank you Canad. :37:
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№5 Author: adzhoe (5 Jul 2014 04:10) Total user comments: 14959


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Good to know...Thumbs up Canada!
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