Canada is awesome! Our world today would be completely different if it were not for the contributions of brilliant Canadian minds. There are several things that are commonplace in today's society that you may have not known were actually Canadian inventions.
Here are 30 awesome gifts Canada gave the world:
Poutine was invented when a trucker named Fernand Lachance added cheese curds to his fries in Warwick, Quebec in 1957.
2. Justin Trudeau
Eye candy for some, inspirational figure for all.
3. Canola oil
Fried food has a Canadian to thank for canola oil!
The first practical snowblower was invented by Arthur Sicard in 1925. Snow-ridden countries are forever thankful.
You're welcome, Rihanna.
Basketball was invented by McGill University alumnus James Naismith in 1891. He initially used a peach basket for with a hole cut out of its bottom for a net.
7. Alkaline batteries
Alkaline batteries were invented by Canadian engineer Lewis Urry in the 1950's, who continued the earlier work done by Thomas Edison.
8. Walkie talkies
Canadian inventor Donald Hings is credited for the creation of the first portable signaling system, or walkie talkie, in 1937.
9. McIntosh Red apples
John McIntosh, a Scottish-Canadian farmer, discovered the first McIntosh sapling on his farm in 1881.
10. Rachel McAdams
This angel from heaven is Canadian, if you didn't know already. Ryan Gosling too.
11. Electric wheelchair
The electric wheelchair was invented by George Klein, a previous employee of the National Research Council of Canada.
Nuts everywhere have Elastic Hosiery, a company from Guelph, Ontario to thank for the jockstrap.
In 1921, Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles H. Best made history by discovering insulin.
14. Dry ginger ale
Dry ginger ale was invented by Canadian chemist and pharmacist John McLaughlin in 1851.
15. Peanut butter
What's a world without peanut butter? It was patented in 1884 by Marcellus Edson of Canada, who discovered it by milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces.
16. Paint roller
The paint roller was invented by Torontonian Norman Breakey in 1941, but his design was subject to countless imitations as several hardware stores neglected to patent his product.
17. Butter tarts
A butter tart is one of Canada's trademark desserts. It consists of butter, sugar, syrup and egg filled into a pastry shell.
The telephone is one of the all-time most important inventions in history. It was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880 in Brantford, Ontario.
19. Instant replay
Instant replay was initially created for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. It eventually filtered to sports stations all over the world.
20. Shania Twain
Shania is a Canadian treasure. She herself also discovered another Canadian gift to this world - Avril Lavigne.
IMAX was invented by Roman Kroiter, a Canadian film pioneer.
Unlike hockey, Lacrosse is a sure Canadian invention. It was invented by the Aboriginal peoples in the 1850s and became Canada's national sport in 1859.
23. Coffee Crisp
Nestle's Coffee Crisp is a Canadian treat that was originally inspired by a 1930s UK chocolate bar called Rowntree's Wafer Crisp.
Superman was conceived from the brilliant minds of Joe Shuster (who was Canadian-American) and Jerry Siegel.
26. Garbage bags
Harry Wasylyk, a Canadian inventor, invented the garbage bag in 1950. It was first intended for commercial use only, but it later became used in houses.
27. Bloody caesars
Walter Chell invented the bloody caesar cocktail when he was asked to create a new drink for the Westin Hotel restaurant menu in Calgary.
28. Standard time
Standard time was invented in 1879 by Sir Sanford Fleming, a Nova Scotian.
29. The Wonderbra
Louise Poirier, a Canadian, is known to be the mastermind behind the laced push-up bra.
30. Celine Dion
Celine is one of the rare and legendary talents to come from Canada (Quebec).
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