Have you ever wondered who you could thank for the ability to watch an instant replay of that game-changing play you missed when you looked away for just a second? Or who decided it was a good idea to insert wire into a brassiere to give everything some extra lift with the Wonderbra?
Every year on July 1, people across Canada light fireworks, host barbecues and attend free concerts to honor and celebrate some of these very inventions that their country has given us. This day is popularly known as their country’s birthday, or Canada Day. While maple leaves and the familiar Canadian twang might be the first things you think “aboot” when someone mentions Canada, it’s important to remember all of the many things – like instant replay and Wonderbras – that this country to the north has given the world. Here are some of FlipKey’s favorites:
Maple Syrup – This sugary syrup was first produced in Canada, and it is commonly used to add flavor or to enhance breakfast items, such as pancakes and waffles. The Canadian province of Quebec remains the world’s largest producer, and it accounts for about three-quarters of the world’s output.
Justin Bieber – Like him or not, this pop superstar hales from Canada. He is responsible for catchy hits like “Baby” and “As Long As You Love Me,” which will now likely be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Poutine – A cross between heaven and a heart attack on a plate, this dish is a cultural marker of Canada that has slowly infiltrated surrounding countries. Although variations exist, nothing compares to a traditional plate of the gravy and cheese curd topped French fries that Canada has to offer.
Beer – To quote Canadian and Molson Brewery founder John Molson, “An honest brew makes its own friends.” Canada has taken these profound words to heart producing a variety of beers, including lager, ale, porter, stout, draught, and seasonal beers since 1786. Beer is the number one alcoholic beverage in Canada, in terms of production and consumption.
Present day Ice Hockey – The official national winter sport of Canada, ice hockey was born out of European stick and ball games and its popularity has grown immensely throughout the world. Canada gave rules to the sport, along with details of the length of ice and dimensions of the goals, which has helped hockey become a sport fans can enjoy for more than half of the year.
The scenic backdrop for movies like Titanic and Twilight – As Canada is the second largest country in the world (behind Russia), there are abundant, picturesque locations both on land and at sea that serve as the setting of many blockbuster films.
Medicinal Insulin – Taken by people with diabetes, insulin is injected to help the body move sugars from food out of the bloodstream and into cells throughout the body. Without the work of Frederick Banting, a Canadian scientist and doctor, the understanding of insulin might still be undiscovered.
The Walkie-Talkie – Canadian inventor Donald Hings created the portable radio, originally known as the “packset,” in 1937. It was quickly redeveloped to serve as an instrumental mode of communication during World War II.