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The top 50 Canadian inventions in no particular order, except for the last 3. The 50 listed were voted on by Canadians, heh.

Alkaline long lasting battery - by Lewis Urry in 1959.

Ardox Spiral Nail - by Allan Dove in 1954.

Automatic Lubricating Cup - by Elijah McCoy in 1872
Fed oil to machine bearings.

Basketball - by James Naismith in 1892.

Birch Bark Canoe - By Frist Nations People.

Blackberry - by Mike Lazaridis in 1999.

Bloody Caesar - a drink invented by Walter Chell in 1969.

Canadarm - by SPAR Aerospace/NRC in 1975.

Caulking Gun - by Theodore Witte in 1894.

Cobalt-60 "Bomb" Cancer Treatment - by Harold Johns in 1951.

CPR-Mannequin: "Actar 911" - by Dianne Croteau, Richard Brault in 1989.

Crash Position Indicator-CPI - by Harry Stevinson in 1957.

Electric Oven - by Thomas Ahearn in 1892.

Electric Wheelchair - by George Klein in 1952.

Electron Microscope - by James Hillier, Albert Prebus in 1938.

Electronic Music Synthesizer - by Hugh Le Caine in 1945.

Explosives Vapour Detector - by Lorne Elais in 1985.

Five Pin Bowling - by Thomas E. Ryan in 1908.

Steam Fog Horn - by Robert Foulis in 1853.

Goalie Mask - by Jacques Plante in 1959.

Green Garbage Bag - by Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen, Frank Plomp in 1950.

G-Suit - by Wilbur Rounding Franks in 1941.

Instant Mashed Potatoes - by Edward Asselbergs in 1962.

The Instant Replay - by CBC Hockey Night In Canada in 1955.

Java Programming Language - by James Arthur Gosling in 1994.

Key Frame Animation - by Nestor Burtnyk, Marcelli Wein in 1969.

Lacrosse - by First Nations People.

Marine Screw Propeller - by John Patch in 1833.

Marquis Wheat - by Sir Charles Saunders in 1908.
A weather resistand grain.

Pablum - Alan Brown, Theodore Drake, Frederick Tisdall in 1930.

Pacemaker - by John Hopps, Wilfred Bigelow, John Callaghan in 1950.

Paint Roller - by Norman Breakey in 1940.

Plexiglas - by William Chalmers in 1931.

Poutine - by Fernand Lachance in 1957.

Radio voice Transmission - by reginald Fessenden in 1900.

Retractable Beer Carton Handle - by Steve Pasjack in 1957.

The Robertson Screw - by Peter Robertson in 1908.

Self-Propelled Combine Harvester - by Thomas Carroll in 1937.

Separable Baggage Check - by John Mitchell Lyons in 1882.

Ski-Doo - by Armand Bombardier in 1922.

Snowblower - by Arthur Sicard in 1925.

Standard Time - by Sandford Fleming in 1878.

UV Degradable Plastics - by James Guillet in 1971.

Walkie-Talkie - by Donald L. Hings in 1942.

Weevac 6 - by Wendy Murphy in 1980s.
A stretcher for infants.

The Wonderbra - by Louise Poirier in 1964.

The Zipper - by Gideon Sunback in 1913.

and the top 3:

Telephone - Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

Light Bulb - Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans in 1874.
Who sold the patent to Edison for $5000.

Insulin - by Frederick Banting, Charles Best in 1921
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On 2007-01-04 12:02, Joey Stalin wrote:
The top 50 Canadian inventions in no particular order, except for the last 3.

Given that the first 47 were in no particular order, it is a near miracle that they ended up being listed alphabetically!

Relax, I'm just yanking your chain.

In case anyone is interested, you can read more about these inventions here:

http://www.cbc.ca/inventions/inventions.html
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The Robertson Screw Head....... an illusion builders dream that sadly many Americans don't know about.

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Tim,

I know Robertson type screws aren't used very often. I did see a show a short time ago where they were building a deck using what they called "square drive" screws, which looked like the same thing.

Why are they so condusive to building illusions?
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Hi Vandy,

If you ever used Robertson screws you'd know what I mean. They don't slip or strip like a philips head does. You can take a screw...place it on the screw driver and hold the screwdriver horizontal and the screw won't fall off. This is particularly important if you are holding someting in one had and need to start a screw with the other. As well... because the square screwdriver nests so perfectly into the square screwhead it won't slip. If you are using a cordless screwgun you have to be careful that the screw doesn't suck to deep into the wood. ( that's why they are used as deck screws ) If you do that with a philips head the screw will strip before you can bury the screw deep into the wood.

If you have never used them ... give them a try. The best and most common size of screwdriver is a #2. Usually indicated by a red handle. You'll never go back to slotted or philips screws again.

I just found this on Wikipedia explaining why they didn't catch on in the US. It also mentions that theatrical set designers in the US prefer them as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertson_screwdriver

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Tim
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Tim,

Thanks. I was aware of those advantages, but I've never built an illusion. I thought there might be a special reason that they were great for building illusions in particular. But it seems like you are saying they are great for everything. The guys building the deck (I believe it was on "Hometime") said they really liked them.

Ever see the episode of "King of Queens" with the "Arthur Head" screwdriver? It's pretty funny.
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On 2007-01-04 17:23, Vandy Grift wrote:
Tim,

Thanks. I was aware of those advantages, but I've never built an illusion. I thought there might be a special reason that they were great for building illusions in particular. Ever see the episode of "King of Queens" with the "Arthur Head" screwdriver? It's pretty funny.


Hi Andy,

I never saw that episode but watch the show so I'll keep my eye out for it.

Best,

Tim
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The Bloody Caesar????

AGHHHHHHHH DO NOT get me started about the Bloody Caesar!! If Walter Chell is still with us, I'd like to give him a smack! LOL!

Clamato juice. Please.

I will say, however, that Steve Pasjack and Louise Poirier are true Heros.
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On 2007-01-04 17:28, Vandy Grift wrote:
The Bloody Caesar????

AGHHHHHHHH DO NOT get me started about the Bloody Caesar!! If Walter Chell is still with us, I'd like to give him a smack! LOL!

Clamato juice. Please.

I will say, however, that Steve Pasjack and Louise Poirier are true Heros.


Yeah, the Bloody Caesar doesn't sound very good to me lol.
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I happened to catch the last few mintues of this show and found out that the Top three on the list of Canadian inventions, in the order that they were voted in terms of their importance (ie. contribution to society and the world...

1- Insulin

2- Lightbulb

3- Telephone

Since these "happen to be the last three on the list, I'm guessing that Joey Stalin listed them in "reverse" order of importance, starting with the least important first... is that right??

I believe that the Canadian claimon the invention of the lightbulb is wide-open to contention.

So many variations on the bulb were developed during the race for scientist to find the longest lasting and brightest burning filament, and so many scientists were hired by Edison to help him in his search for the right construction and filament, that even though Edison gets the credit, he surely did not invent the lightbulm in a vacum (pun intended).

An interesting aside is that I grew up being told that my great grandfather, Frank Alexander (born in Rumania under the name Alexander Foucsiano) was the inventor of the light bulb.

It's true, my great grandfather was a successful scientist, and he was part of Edison's inner circle/team of inventors. And, I am told, that he (my geat grandfather) made a trip to his homeland of Romania and came back with one of the "best" filaments, for Edison to claim credit and victory in the race to bring light to the world in a commercially viable format.

So is the inventor of the lightbulb(s) Canadian, American, or Romanian ??? I suggest it is an invention of many minds and represents the scientific thought of many countries.

But... I digress.Smile
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Pamela Anderson and the hockey puck. Smile
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If that is the way you are going to play, then my vote is for French Canadian women, all of them especially that very talented magician Ursula Martinez, but they are not an inventions, they are national resourse.
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Some good stuff on that list, eh? Smile
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How have you been? I haven't read one of your posts in months.
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Thanks, Al. Happy New Year to you.
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On 2007-01-04 15:24, Timothy Drake wrote:
The Robertson Screw Head.......


I use them all the time! The only screw that doesn't round out.
POOF!
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They also invented Moosehead Beer.
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Light Bulb - Henry Woodward, Mathew Evans in 1874.
Who sold the patent to Edison for $5000.

Is that $5,000 US or $5,000 Canadian?
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Actually, if you want to pick nits, Alexander Graham Bell was a Scot. He was born and educated in Edinburgh. He moved to Ontario, but left Ontario and moved to the US. He invented the telephone in the US. However, there is no denying that there is a Canadian connection there.

The Ford connection with Robertson has not been verified on Wikipedia, so it may not be accurate.

The main reason the Robertson screws haven't caught on here in the States is that we would have to retool our screwdrivers in order to use them. It wouldn't be that troublesome for the individual, but major industries would have a problem, especially the suppliers of screws. We already have flat blade, Philips, Cross head, Allen head, hex head, and a plethora of other types of screw heads.

Metric didn't catch on as well as some thought it would here.
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Technically, insulin isn't an invention as much as it is a discovery...and an important one to be sure. There's an interesting story behind it.

Just looked up the telephone patent and it was with the U.S. Patent Office.

Now if you want to talk about Canadian "inventions", don't forget William Shatner and Collin Mockery! Smile
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