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Curated from the Internet, these are some amazing inventions. Who knew they originated here!

Brassiere The miraculous Wonderbra was invented in Quebec. Montreal’s Canadian Lady Corset Company first licensed the trademark “Wonder-bra” in 1939, and then renamed the company Wonderbra in 1961.

Trivial Pursuit The board game was 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.

Odometer In 1854, Nova Scotia inventor Samuel McKeen created a device that measured distance with every revolution of a carriage wheel. Interestingly enough, everyone from Vitruvius to Ben Franklin was also working on this one.

Rotary Snow Plough Toronto dentist named Dr. J.W. Elliot first conceived the idea of a snowplow to clean up train tracks. The snowmobile and snowblower were also born in Canada.

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

McIntosh Apples In 1811, farmer John McIntosh began grafting a wild apple tree at his South Dundas farm. The juicy fruits of his labor were first enjoyed in 1835.

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.

Insulin Toronto scientists Frederick Banting, Charles Best 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.

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.

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. Super nutrious, it was a good option for everyone.

IMAX Filmmakers Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroiter, and 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.”

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

Green Currency Ink  Pre loonie? In 1862, Thomas Sterry Hunt invented the ink that makes U.S. bills green.

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.

 Paint roller Canadian Norman Breakey invented it in 1940, but an American inventor named Richards C. Adams tweaked the design and filed the first patent.

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.

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

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

Garbage 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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Maureen LittleJohn
Maureen Littlejohn is Culture Magazin's executive editor. She is a Canadian award-winning journalist who has practiced her craft around the world including in the United States, Africa and Vietnam. Currently based in Toronto, she has a keen eye for detail and has a deep appreciation for the “East Meets West” approach of Culture Magazin. Travel is her passion and she is happy to be able to share her adventures on a regular basis with the magazine's readers.