July 1st is Canada Day, a day to commemorate when three territories were united to become the country of Canada. Canada has brought the world some amazing things, including Celine Dion, Anne of Green Gables, and ketchup-flavored potato chips. Today, we are celebrating the top 5 inventions to come out of Canada.
5. Walkie Talkie. The Walkie Talkie started out as a series of separate experiments in radio by Donald L. Hings and Alfred Gross, but was fully developed when Canada entered World War II for military use. The next time you say “Over and out,” add an “eh” to the end to pay homage to the Canadians who created this amazing invention.
4. Egg Carton. Eggs used to be transported in baskets, which, while more festive looking, did not reliably keep eggs intact. In 1911, Joseph Coyle invented the egg carton to solve a dispute between a farmer and a customer who had received broken eggs, and his carrying container has remained a staple in egg delivery ever since.
3. Trivial Pursuit. Before the invention of this classic board game, people’s knowledge of Albert Einstein’s kindergarten teacher’s name or the third person to ever win a bronze medal in Olympic curling was deemed useless. Thankfully, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott came along. In 1979, after realizing a Scrabble set they had was incomplete, they decided to create their own new game, which became Trivial Pursuit.
2. Paint Roller. Before the paint roller, how did people paint walls? With tiny watercolor brushes? With finger paint? We have no idea, because thankfully, Canadian Norman Breakley invented this cylindrical device in 1940, and now walls everywhere easily can have even coats of paint.
1. Basketball. In 1892, James Naismith, a Canadian P.E. teacher, needed to entertain a class during a rainy day. He nailed a peach basket onto the rim of the elevated track, grabbed a soccer ball, and told his class the basic goals of the game. Thus, basketball was born!