O Canada: here the ten best things to come out of you… Happy Canada Day!
A mechanical arm used on space shuttle orbiters, the Canadarm is so-named so you can’t forget it was developed by CANADIAN company SPAR Aerospace Ltd. Don’t even try it.
2. Wayne Gretzky
If your nickname’s “The Great One,” you pretty much have to be on this list.
3. Peanut butter
Peanut butter paste was first patented by Canadian inventor Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884. Without that, the world would never have known millionnaire shortbread, Reece’s Pieces or the joy of licking the knife clean. We salute you, Marcellus Gilmore Edson!
4. Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery published her children’s classic in 1908, and the story of orphan Anne Shirley has been a part of Canadian kids’ childhoods ever since.
Canadian James Gosling invented Java programming language in 1994. Without Java, we wouldn’t have the internet as we know it, or Blackberries.
6. Justin Bieber
The most-followed person on Twitter (41 million beliebers and counting), multi-platinum artist and monkey-abandoner J-Biebz was born in 1994. Think about that one next time you’re feeling masochistic.
Dr. Fredrick Banting was knighted for his part as co-inventor in the discovery of insulin at Toronto University in 1921-22.
Mix fries, gravy and cheddar cheese curd for French Quebec’s national dish. Its name is Acadian slang for “mushy mess.”
9. Ryan Gosling
Hey girl, he made the list.
10. The Wonderbra
Montreal-based Louise Poirier developed the Wonderbra in 1964 while working for lingerie company Canadelle.
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