As Canada prepares for its 150th birthday, many of our friends in the U.S. might be wondering what all the fuss is about. After all, we’re a quiet nation of mostly snow and trees, right? Think again! Canada has a long history of innovation and invention and is responsible for many of the items that have changed the history of the world. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday we’d like to share some inventions that you may be shocked to learn were created in Canada!
|1. Superman: Next to Captain America, what superhero is more American than Superman? Sorry to disappoint, but the caped crusader was actually invented in Canada! Superman was first drawn by Canadian artist Joseph Shuster. It is said that Metropolis was actually inspired by the city of Toronto and the Daily Planet was inspired by The Toronto Star. Super, right? For more Canadian Superman ties, check out this article.|
|2. The Wonderbra: Canadian Lady Corset Company first licensed the trademark "Wonder-bra" in 1939. It was an underwire style push-up bra that revolutionized how bras were designed. The Wonderbra brand exploded in the 1990s and is known around the world.|
|3. The Lightbulb: Yes, that’s right, you can thank a Canuck for inventing the lightbulb. Matthew Evans patented the lightbulb in 1874, a full 5 years before Thomas Edison got his U.S. patent. Mr. Evans didn’t have enough money to commercialize his invention and sold his patent to Thomas Edison. Mighty neighborly.|
|4. Basketball: If it wasn’t for Canada, Lebron James wouldn’t have found his life calling! James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. Dr. Naismith was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. The first Canadian NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, came to be in 1993.|
|5. The BlackBerry: Arguably the world’s first smartphone for business! Invented in the 1990’s, the first BlackBerry devices were actually pagers. By 2003, they were one of the first to allow for push email, mobile telephone, texting, Internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services.|
|6. Combined User & Device RMM: Print Audit was the world’s first provider of RMM toolsets for devices, documents AND users all under one offering.|
|7. SBB for Printers: SBB, or Seat Based Billing, was first commercially adapted for managed print by Print Audit. For the first time companies can pay for the office printing by user instead of by page or by cartridge. Learn more HERE.|
Of course there are a ton of other things that Canada invented! Are there some that you think are particularly noteworthy not listed in this article? Do you have your own examples of products or services that you use from the Great White North? Share your thoughts and examples, we’d love to hear about them for our 150th anniversary!
Click below to enjoy a humorous look at why we’re proud to be Canucks.