In the realm of innovation and creativity, Canadian inventors have quietly made their mark on the global stage, particularly in the United States, where several groundbreaking Canadian inventions have become integral parts of everyday life. As Philipp Pratt, an innovation expert at Geonode, aptly puts it, “Turning frustration into innovation is a pivotal factor in the development of new products.” This ethos of inventive problem-solving has led Canadians to not only think outside the box but to redefine it entirely. Their contributions span a wide array of fields, from fashion and technology to food and beyond, leaving a lasting impression on their southern neighbors.
Without further ado, here are 5 Canadian Inventions that rocked America’s world.
“Turning frustration into innovation is a pivotal factor in the development of new products,” says Geonode Innovation Expert, Philipp Pratt. Canadians have a knack for thinking outside the box and executing timely, useful, and cool inventions. These innovative products have wowed even their southern neighbors – the Americans.
Let’s take a look at these Canadian creations that have surprised and impressed Americans.
Green Currency Ink
In 1862, Thomas Sterry Hunt invented the ink that makes U.S. bills green. This revelation adds another layer of surprise, as Americans handle their green currency without realizing its Canadian connection. The source of this information comes from historical records and the archives of the U.S Bureau of Engraving and Printing, showcasing the hidden Canadian influence on an iconic aspect of American currency.
The Wonder-Bra, an iconic lingerie piece, may have been coined by American Israel Pilot, but it was Canadian Moses Nadler who popularized the brand. The Wonder-Bra made waves in the fashion industry and captured the attention of American consumers. Nadler’s successful battle for the rights to the Wonderbra name surprised many in the American market.
Contrary to popular belief, peanut butter was not invented by American botanist George Washington Carver. Instead, Canadian pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson created it in 1884. Americans, who have a deep love for peanut butter, may be surprised to discover its Canadian origins.
This larger-than-life cinematic technology was created by three Canadians – Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, and Robert Kerr – in 1967. Today, IMAX theaters throughout the United States and the rest of the world bring blockbuster movies to life like never before. “IMAX has revolutionized the way we experience movies,” says Pratt. “It’s another remarkable example of Canadian creativity.”
According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, Engineer Sandford Fleming, a Canadian, 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. Americans were surprised by the practicality and efficiency of this timekeeping system.
It’s clear that Canada’s innovative prowess extends far beyond its borders. These inventions have not only changed the USA’s perception of Canada’s creative innovations but have also drastically improved the quality of life for many worldwide.
So, the next time you enjoy an IMAX movie, take a moment to acknowledge the Canadian ingenuity behind it. As Pratt says, “The best innovations go unnoticed, subtly improving our lives.”