Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Remember When…


We used to go to the corner store and buy those sweet red berry gummy candies (I think they’re called Swedish Berries, but I have no idea why!) for a penny each! The sign said 1 cent per candy…and that is exactly how much it cost! No taxes!

During the gas war in Montreal in the 1990s, there was a time when gas was only 39 cents/L. (Then it rose to 79 cents/L before I moved and then later, 90+ cents/L) I can’t remember the last time it cost me $20 to fill up my car! Now it’s more like $65!!

We used to play outside until the sun set.

We used to not mind playing in the rain.

Saturday mornings had really good cartoons on TV.

Little House on the Prairie, Webster, Full House, Growing Pains, The Love Boat, Different Strokes, the Facts of Life, Family Ties and The Wonder Years used to be the only shows we were allowed to watch.

I cried when ET had to return to his planet and leave Elliot and Gerty.

My brother and I begged our Dad to buy us a skateboard each.

I wore Airwalks and Converse high tops just because everyone else wore them.

I lived for all those 1980s-1990s Glam Rock boys: Poison, Warrant, Mr. Big, etc.

It cost less than a buck to take the bus.

Stamps (local ones) were 35 cents.

It didn’t cost $13.50 to watch a movie in the cinema!

I first started wearing make-up. Navy blue eyeliner and fire engine red lipstick just seem so wrong now! Oh, and those thick brows and teased bangs!! Does anyone remember ever having a “crimper”?

Tight jeans tapered and pinned with safety pins were in.

I first wore a training bra.

I used to hang out with friends at the mall.

We used to go bowling for fun.

Drive-in movies still existed. I loved going to drive-ins! I’d never manage to be able to stay awake for the double feature though!

I used to be a die-hard Guns ‘N Roses fan and wanted to marry Axl Rose! (as if!)

Music videos were popular.

We didn’t use computers and we didn’t have the Internet.

We used to have sleep overs and stay up all night.

We used to have school dances.

We’d have boy-girl parties and play truth or dare.

We thought kissing was gross.

We’d get excited when one of our friends would tell us about their first “Frenching” experience. “Ewww! You used your tongue???” “He had HIS tongue in YOUR mouth??”

We used to pass around notes to friends in class.
We had secret admirers or were secret admirers.

I first got my driver’s license.

My friends and I would go cruising on the streets of downtown Montreal.

We thought it was ‘grown up’ to go out with friends for coffee.

We’d go for midnight runs to McD’s just because.

We wouldn’t want to see the summer end.

We’d go shopping for back-to-school stuff.

We couldn’t wait to see our friends in school again in September.

I remember when we were young and life was so carefree...
Monday, August 28, 2006

Bahahahahhahahaha!!!



Umm..yeah. I know I have a sick sense of humour! LOL You gotta love that Engrish!!!

Check it out!!!



I'm going to be an auntie!!!! My brother and his wife are expecting a baby in March. My sister-in-law is 13 weeks pregnant. Here's a pic of my cute little future niece or nephew!!! Toooooooo cute! (Yeah, I know...I'm just a wee bit too excited!!) lol











Photos supplied by my sister-in-law, Elisha :)
Sunday, August 27, 2006

discipline


A lot of times, I talk about how wonderful the kids are and not so much about all the times that they aren't so wonderful. The problem with being the temporary guardian to teens is that when it comes to discipline, it's a touchy subject. What's acceptable and what's not? How do you let the child (or in this case, teen) know that their behaviour is not acceptable?

In the past two weeks, one of our boys has broken our patio table, a bedroom fan, towel hangers in the bathroom, damaged my gorgeous dining table (and those are just the starters). Certainly, I don't think he purposefully meant to damage our belongings, but seriously...have some respect with other people's things. I would only ask that he be careful with our things. The other boy hasn't broken a thing and is very careful and respectful to other people's belongings.

Now here's where I'm the 'bad cop'. I always seem to be the one to reprimand or bestow chores or whatever. I am the wicked witch. In the way of punishment, I have told said person that he must pile firewood (which wasn't THAT much) and write 150 lines of "I will respect other people's belongings". Do you think this is too much to ask? Noooooo...I get the huffing and puffing and crying and feet stomping. When I was a kid, I was always taught that when in someone else's house, you be on your very best behaviour.

Is helping with the chores and writing lines being too mean??? I can think of way worse punishment! (that does not involve spanking, because A)I am severely anti-spanking and B) Even if I did believe in spanking, I wouldn't ever spank anyone else's child )

IMO, parents should be responsible for the disciplining of their children, but when entrusted in another adult's care (ie: teacher) then the teacher or other adult should use their own discretion, provided that it is fair, in the best interest of the child, and does not inflict harm (pyschologically, physically, etc). Most of my friends who have kids do a wonderful job with discipline. What bugs me is when I get kids/students who are able to have free reign at their homes and are able to get away with everything. Bad manners, lack of respect, horrible attitudes...those are just a few of my pet peeves.

The kids I get are with us 24/7 for two months at a time. They're involved in all aspects of the home while they're here. If I'm doing laundry then they help put away their things. They clean their own rooms and help with dishes. They even help with preparing meals. If they're disrespectful to other students or adults or if they don't behave, they are encouraged to use their words to voice out what is bothering them. Sometimes positive reinforcement or using words don't always work. This is when they get extra chores or extra homework. Is this tooooo much to ask for????

Parents out there...what do you do?
Friday, August 25, 2006

Va-va-va-vooooooom!!!



Yesterday, we took the boys on a surprise trip to Science North because they're going back to Korea in 5 days. Science North has very cool stuff for kids of all ages...one of my faves was the GROSSOLOGY exhibit! lol...now who's the kid and who's the adult, eh? Other than all the neat stuff kids can learn about the human body (like what exactly boogers are and what happens when you consume things that make you gassy..lol), my absolute fave was seeing a teeny tiny flying squirrel. I knew we had them in these parts of Canada, but hadn't ever seen one. I was so excited! They're sooooo cute AND they don't fly...they glide.

On the way back to the island, we stopped off at Sears so I could pick up a brand spankin' new vacuum cleaner!!!! I know it sounds nuts, but I am soooo excited! We have a Shop-Vac and it's really good (5 horsepower, sucks like you wouldn't believe, but is so cumbersome it's not even funny). I just needed something lighter and smaller to clean our house. The salesperson pretty much sold me on one particular beauty. I am now the proud owner of a very sleek, new, green machine! Incidentally, my friend Jill posted a review of the same vacuum from Eureka on her blog. I am VERY pleased with it. It's lightweight, has great suction power for a little thing, and it's just so easy to maneuver around with it.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Chocolate-y Fun For Kids


Some of you already know that when it comes to cooking, (in our house) we have to be super careful because one of our nieces has Celiac Disease (gluten/wheat allergy) and both she and her sister have nut allergies. Here's a quick and easy (and oh so yummy) recipe that both our nieces can enjoy :) Today I had my nieces and my two students all help make 200 of these cookies for the baseball game and library fundraiser (as per my sister-in-law's request).

Chocolate Drop Cookies
Yields 2 dozen

2 c milk choc chips
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c sunflower seeds

In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the choc chips and shortening, stir until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in cranberries and sunflower seeds. Drop by tbsp onto waxed paper. Chill.

Beautiful


Last night, my sister-in-law and I took the kids to see a play in Wikwemikong (Canada's only unceded Native reservation). What a magical experience it was. The old Wiky ruins served as the stage upon which the actors wove their tales of ancient years. It is interesting to note that the stories are told by Aboriginal youth for Aboriginal youth.

I absolutely love a good production and plays (along with other types of performances) have always been an important part of my life. I have got to say that the Debaj theater group put on a performance comparable to something one would see in Stratford or in any other place known for their theater/plays.

I'll be back with a write up on the play we saw last night. In the meantime, check out these two links: The Great Spirit Circle Trail and De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theater.
Sunday, August 20, 2006

silly little truths


If only my darling husband knew these things before he married me! :) lol

1. I have a terribly weak tummy (ie: my instant gag reflex sux). I dry heave and barf really easily if I'm anywhere near any kind of scent that is offensive (or even visualize something gross). While visiting Miyajima Island in Japan, my friend and I spotted a man skinning deer. The sight of the pelts hanging and just the thought of the skinning process made me ralph all over the place. Gross.

2. Once (years ago) when I was in a cafe, I asked the waitress for soy milk instead of cow's milk because I was vegan. She told me to grind my own soy beans!!! LOL Mind you, this was at a time when not too many restaurants and cafes catered to vegetarians.

3. I am sometimes absentminded. My students say I'm like a goldfish (small brains therefore short memory spans). The other day, I was washing dishes and cut myself with a very sharp knife. Two seconds after I cleaned and bandaged myself up, I did it again.

3. I once went skinny dipping in the Sea of Japan with a whole bunch of other teachers (from the UK, Aus, NZ, and the US) and some Japanese friends...in the middle of a typhoon! Oh, to be young and stupid :)

4. When I was teaching overseas, a group of Japanese housewives took me to a traditional Japanese restaurant for a meal and I couldn't bring myself to stomach swallowing 'uni' (sea urchin). I didn't want to be rude, so I tried to suck it up, and ended up vomitting into my lap. Embarrassing! (That's one of the only things I can't eat. I absolutely LOVE Japanese food!!)

5. I hate swimming in places where I can't see the bottom. This is why I love swimming here on Manitoulin - the water is so clear! The reason I hate swimming where I can't see is because I don't like swimming with critters and slimy things. LOL

6. I was not as angelic as a teenager/young adult as most people think I was. Those of you who know me and who grew up with me can attest to this. :) University wasn't only about studying and trying to save the world :)

7. I can sometimes be a total spazz! This morning I was hanging the laundry to dry on the clothesline, picking apples, weeding the garden, then when I came in to do the dishes, my darling hubby and my two students were all sitting down watching TV. I just about flipped out and started going nuts-o about doing all the work. They didn't hear me though. Apparently the movie was more entertaining.

8. I like to blog...even if I don't always have anything blog-worthy to write about! :)

9. I'm a little on the artsy side. Unfortunately my creativity always pops up at the oddest moments...like 2 in the morning! I do my best sketching, writing, painting, etc really early in the morning.

10. I'm a nerd. I like to read. I like doing research. I like learning new things.

Heidi and True...this post is for you :)

I must be getting old...


J and I took the kids to the fair in Providence Bay. The kids begged us to go on a ride with them and we complied. Oh boy...we went on the Avalanche and I was screaming the whole ride through. Poor J had the terrible misfortune of sitting next to me. Luckily he still has all his digits!

I must be getting old, because when I was younger, I'd go on all the rides at Disney World, Canada's Wonderland and LaRonde...and I'd keep going back for more and more and more. Now, one crappy little carnie ride makes me want to lose my lunch. Sucks getting old! :)

I have to admit, I enjoyed our day out. The fair brought back memories of childhood and my teenage years. Tattoo-covered carnies with cut-off sleeves, loud carnival music, flashing lights, sno-kones, cotton candy, candy apples, twirling strawberry rides, flying swings, bumper cars, nearly impossible to win games...ahh the memories! I almost won a little dirt bike, but ended up winning a stuffed bear for my hubby that says "Love You". I joked that all the guys on the fire department will call him a pansy when they see the bear sitting in his truck :)
Saturday, August 19, 2006

Who on earth


reads this blog?? LOL Out of curiosity, I was just wondering who reads this..apart from my family and friends, that is!

Of course, this really isn't a blog about anything interesting like politics, entertainment, fashion, mommy stuff (yet!!), but rather a whole mess of a whole lotta stuff.

Anyhooz, drop me a note and let me know who you are :)
Friday, August 18, 2006

some photos





from my "Study Holiday Program"

summer


A gigantic bright yellow and black spider weaves its beautiful web. A beautiful butterfly is unfortunate enough to find herself caught in the sticky web. Not too far from Madame Butterfly sits a Praying Mantis, who patiently poses for its excited spectators. Courtney, Elizabeth, Patrick and Hans revel in Mother Nature's garden.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

5 Little Things:


1. It's been 3 weeks since we last saw our cat, Nala. We think she may have gone into the woods to die :( She's an old lady and her days were numbered. Still wish I had more time with her though. I love that cat.

2. It's baseball night tonight. Firefighters vs. the kids. Hmm...who shall I root for? The kids or my hubby? lol

3. I was tricked. Last night we had supper at my parents' and my dad made a delicious stew. He neglected to tell us that he used a few different types of meat. One of those just happened to be black bear!!! OMG! Ewww! I feel so gross now. BTW, not only was it bear meat, but it was also road kill!!! Crazy guy! He and his friends witnessed a jeep hitting a 400 lb black bear and the OPP told them they could keep the bear meat. EWWWWWWWW! BLEECHHH! You can understand how ill I felt, esp after being vegetarian for 7 years!!!

4. Been feeling super sick again. My tummy aches and my head aches. To cheer me up, my hubby's been making the bed every morning. Too cute. I don't even complain if the quilt is a bit lop-sided or the pillows not perfectly in place. I think he's so cute.

5. This weekend my hubby and I are taking the kids to the Prov Fair. Providence Bay is having their annual agricultural fair. They got ag stuff like pony rides and horse pulls, but they've also got carnival type rides and food. Should be fun.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

just because


I love this photo.
Saturday, August 12, 2006

Adventures in Tobermory


For those of you who have never been to Tobermory (or have never even heard of it), it's definitely a place I would recommend visiting.

I took my two students from South Korea and my two nieces on a day trip yesterday. We boarded the MS ChiCheemaun Ferry (or the 'big canoe' in Ojibway) and had a blast. The boat has the capacity to transport 300 vehicles and LOTS of passengers. The ChiCheemaun features a restaurant, gift shop, game room, sun deck and other neat things. The view is spectacular. You can see a bunch of little islands and the water is a beautiful shade of turquoise and different hues of blue.

Upon arrival in Tobermory, we bought a hat for one of my nieces, as it was very hot and sunny, and she forgot hers at home (along with her Epi-pen! Goodness! This child's got severe allergies that could send her into anaphylactic (sp?) shock and she forgot her Epi-pen!!!). Tobermory is a quaint little water-side town that boasts a myriad of little, unique, cozy shops. I LOVE shopping in Tobermory because one can always find wonderful little treasures that can't be found anywhere else- mostly because they're one of a kind. There are also restaurants, scuba diving, boat tours, and much, much more!

After having a picnic lunch with the kids we set off to go on a boat tour. I didn't want to dine in a restaurant because of my nieces' food allergies, so I packed a healthy picnic lunch and we all ate by the water. Much to our dismay, all the boat tours were cancelled due to high winds. I really wanted to take the kids on a glass-bottom boat tour to see all the ruins and shipwrecks, as well as a visit to Flower Pot Island. Ah well, maybe next time.

Instead, we went on a hike and ended up having a pleasant little surprise. At the end of the trail we were on, we happened to find the newly constructed Visitor's Center. This place looked almost like Science North in Sudbury, only on a much smaller scale. We watched a film on the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory, the Niagara Escarpment, and all the flora and fauna that can be found in this region. I certainly learned a lot and the kids were all mesmerized. We didn't know how tiny bear cubs were and we didn't know that there is a type of rattlesnake that can be found in these parts of Canada!

The kids loved the scuba diving part of the film, as well as all the caves and grottos that are in the Bruce Peninsula. There were different exhibits: The marine exhibit, caves, etc. We had a great day and the students ended it off eating some beaver tails (no, not REAL beaver tails!). They're a nice pastry that looks like a beaver tail and is usually dressed or topped off with brown sugar or maple syrup. The kids were still full of energy when we got home (it's 1 hr and 45 mins by boat from Tobermory to the island) so I took them swimming in Sandfield. Then we came home and I made supper, they watched a movie and by the time my SIL came around 11PM, I was ready to pass out! LOL It was a wonderful day. The kids and I enjoyed ourselves immensely.

I never realized how fortunate we are to be living in such a beautiful part of Canada. Much of the land is undevelopped and some even untouched. The water (from our rivers, lakes, etc) is pristine and crystal clear. There are so many species of birds, animals, flowers, plants, etc. This is definitely a little piece of Heaven and I feel very blessed to be living here.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006

missing


one gray, slightly messy-looking female feline. She answers by the name 'Nala' and has a very pleasant disposition. She is about 14 years old and hails from Florida. She now resides on Manitoulin Island.

Oh, dear, dear Nala. Please return to us. You've been away for one week and four days. This is the longest you've ever left home before. You left us a while ago but for only four days. We thought we'd lost you, but you came back in the night. We worry that you've ventured out and will never return. The forests are not friendly for kitties like you. Many creatures lurk in the darkness at night and you have gone without food or water for nearly two weeks.

You were a bit apprehensive when I first moved into your home, but settled in quite nicely and kept me company at night when you shared our bed. You were happy because I cleaned your litter-box on a twice-daily basis (quite different from J, eh?) and you snuggled with me while I read in the evenings. You always woke me up with your sweet meowing and my Korean students were positive that you could speak Korean (your meows sound like 'hello' in Korean).

J's mom told me that when animals are ready to die, they often go off on their own. Did you know your time was coming? Is that why you left? Or were you just working on your hunting skills and just love being away for a while?

I hope you return soon, but I have a feeling you're in kitty heaven now. I really hope I'm wrong though.

Oh boy, I totally suck at being a farmer's wife! I'm not too good at losing animals or dealing with death...

oh what fun


...it is to see the smiles on children's faces as they're creating things with their hands. It's neat to see the determined look on their faces as their imaginations run wild. The ooey-gooey tactile sensation of pottery clay oozing between their fingers and the rythmical swirling of the pottery wheel just seems to have a magical effect on them.
My SIL and I have been taking her 2 girls and my 2 students to pottery classes every week. The kids just love it and so do we!
Saturday, August 05, 2006

Woe is me


In between teaching, dividing my time amongst my students, my husband, and my house, I come over to help mom with the rooms at our little inn. It's the same routine...she does the bathroom, I do the beds, bookings, etc. It's a busy life and not an easy one. My poor garden is suffering from neglect. What began as a dream garden with wonderful vegetables to boast, has become a nightmare due to lack of time to maintain it. My corn is coming along well, and so are the potatoes and tomatoes, but my poor snow peas and beans aren't yielding as much as I'd wanted. I can't even find my cucumbers and squash amidst all the weeds! The raspberries and currants are so plentiful this year that I can't even pick them fast enough! I managed to get about 12 containers of each into my freezer, but the birds are having a field day now because I am too busy to harvest all the time. Anyway, I'll know for next year not to get too ambitious and not have a garden if I have too many other things to do.

What grows in your garden? And how do you keep it from becoming invaded by weeds??? We started off way ahead of the game- we sprayed liquid manure, tilled, used the hoe...everything was perfect...until I got busy with students and the inn.
Thursday, August 03, 2006

on racism...


Okay, I know that if one has never been exposed to other cultures, one may not be very culturally sensitive. Right? Coming from cities like Toronto and Montreal, and having travelled all over the world, I can appreciate the differences each culture brings.

I have never been the subject of racism or any racist comments (directly), but last year I went to the grocery store with a student from South Korea and one of my old college friends. The three of us were shocked when this little girl looked at my student and began frantically clawing at her mom and shreiking, "Mom! Mom! We have to go! We have to go! Quick! Quick! There are Chinese here!!!!!" I thought it was mildly amusing. My student was hurt. My friend was horrified. She's also from Montreal and she's also a teacher. She's Canadian too, but not of a visible minority like me. Anyway, she almost went up to the mother and gave her a talking to. She wanted to say, "For your information, she is Chinese-Caribbean-Spanish-Filipino-Canadian and he's from South Korea!!!" Anyway, nothing was said, and I told my student to just shrug it off, because some people on the island have never seen anyone who is not Caucasian or Native, let alone have stepped off the island. It's not their fault they have never been exposed to different cultures.

It did bother me a little bit though since I've never experienced anything like that. Then when in Montreal, there was a pan handler who was harrassing one of the students for spare change. When ignored, he turned to the student and said, "Do you understand English?" He got so upset that he yelled at the poor kid, "HALLOOOOOW!!! You don't speak English??? Ching chang chong!" It just infuriates me to no end! That was so rude and so uncalled for. (We had a good laugh though, because my student's reaction was priceless, but that's besides the point)

Then last week, one of the kids playing baseball was giving my student a rough time. I think he was trying to see if he could aggrevate him and see what he'd do. Sometimes kids can be brats to one another. So this boy stepped on my student's foot and said a handful of taunting words. My student just kept cool though. The students love baseball on Thursdays and are getting along so well with the local kids. It's just this one little bugger that seems to be a shit disturber.

I know that if a person has never been exposed to people who are different, then they stare or don't know how to react. I guess I'm just so used to not even thinking about differences that these things have never been an issue for me. To me, the way I've been brought up was that first and foremost, people are people. They're not Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Mexican, Portuguese, German, American, Canadian, French...They're not Catholic, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist.. They're people!!!

Anyway, do you think that it's just children being children and not knowing how to react to people of different cultures? Do think it's the way they've been brought up? I know there are many factors, but I'm trying to explain this to kids stydying English as a second language. Basically I've said that it's not the kids' fault, since they've never seen people who are 'different' before.

I'm melting!!!


This summer heat = SWEAT!! I know there's a saying that 'ladies don't sweat', but dang...it's hot out there!

Lucky for me, when I was teaching in Japan, a Japanese girl friend of mine recommended 'blotting papers'. They're really thin, transparent sheets of rice paper. Some have a powdery surface on one side, but I prefer the ones that don't have that powdery substance on them. You just whip out a sheet, dab or blot the oily, greasy parts of your face (my problem area is my T-zone...esp. nose and forehead) and voila! No more shine!

Several cosmetics companies now carry these blotting papers. I used 'Shisheido' in Japan and have tried The Body Shop's version a few years ago. I don't know if they still carry them though. I imagine they would.

They're great to carry with you in your purse or pocket.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Yeeeeouchy!!!


I hate those pesky mosquitoes! The horrible blotchy red welts they've given me make me look like a leper! Oh, and they're sooooo itchy and painful! Surprisingly, the mosquitoes from Montreal are more brutal than the ones on the island!!!

I use citronella (or sometimes Skin so Soft), but for some reason, the little buggers seem to have become immune to it! Boooerz!! Any idea of what to use to quell the pain and itch?? What do you use to ward off the little pests? Ohhh, I hate, hate, hate mosquitoes! Maybe I need a pet bat to eat the suckers!!!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Opinions please :)


Ever since I moved in with J, my Queen-sized mattress and boxspring have been so patiently resting on our hardwood bedroom floor. Au lieu of me purchasing a bedframe to elevate us from the floor, my hubby has declared that he will build me a bedframe!! Yippeee, I say! I have seen the magic he can do with his woodworking skills. The guy's a genius! He can make beautiful wood furniture and art. He's just so gosh darn busy though!

Anyway, I'd like something a bit high but not toooo high. It's got to be clean looking- not too old fashioned, but not too modern. It's got to look a little rustic, as our bedroom is in a gorgeous loft with lots of sunshine and lots of open space! Ideally, I'd like to be able to store stuff under the bed in compartments. J said he'd build pull out drawers and try to camouflage them so they won't look too tacky. We don't have much storage space so this would be good.

Here are a few I have been contemplating.










If you have any ideas or suggestions, they'd be greatly appreciated!!
Cheers!

Canadian, Eh?


A student once asked me if there were any inventions by Canadians, and I could list off a handful of neat facts to boast. This question prompted me to further investigate the inventions of fellow Canadians. (I also got into an argument with a friend from Oregon a few years ago, which sort of prompted my research as well. He told me basketball was American and I said it was Canadian. Likewise for Lacrosse, the telephone, Smarties, and a few other things).

Made In Canada - Canadian Inventors and Inventions
By
Mary Bellis
The history of invention in Canada has followed a long and noble path. Canadian inventors have patented more than one million inventions, yet few people can name more than one or two Canadian inventors or any Canadian accomplishments.
"Our innovators have given novelty, variety, and colour to our lives with their great practical gifts, and the world would be an exceedingly boring and grey place without their vitality." - author Roy Mayer from his book Inventing CanadaCanadian InventionsOnly a small percentage of the great inventions invented by Canadian inventors are listed below.
5 Pin Bowling ...a truly Canadian sport invented by T.E. Ryan of Toronto in 1909
Able Walker ...the walker was patented by Norm Rolston in 1986
Access Bar ...patented food bar designed to help burn fat by
Dr Larry Wang
Air-Conditioned Railway Coach ...invented by Henry Ruttan in 1858
Abdominizer ...the infomercial exercise darling invented by Dennis Colonello in 1984
AC Radio Tube ..invented by Edward Samuels Rogers in 1925
Acetylene ...Thomas L. Wilson invented the production process in 1892
Acetylene Buoy ...invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1904
Agrifoam Crop Cold Protector ...co-invented in 1967 by D. Siminovitch & J. W. Butler
Analytical Plotter ...a 3d map making system invented by Uno Vilho Helava in 1957
Andromonon ...a 3 wheeled vehicle invented in 1851 by Thomas Turnbull
Anti-Gravity Suit ...invented by Wilbur Rounding Franks in 1941, a suit for high altitude jet pilots
Automatic Foghorn ...the first steam foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis in 1859
Automatic Machinery Lubricator ...one of the many inventions invented by Elijah McCoy, the "Real McCoy"
Automatic Postal Sorter ...in 1957, Maurice Levy invented a postal sorter that could handle 200,000 letters an hour
Basketball ...invented by James Naismith in 1891
Bone Marrow Compatibility Test ...invented by Barbara Bain in 1960
Bromine ...a process to extract was invented by Herbert Henry Dow in 1890
Calcium Carbide ...in 1892, Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide
Canada Dry Ginger Ale ...invented in 1907 by John A. McLaughlin
Chocolate Nut Bar ...Arthur Ganong made the first nickel bar in 1910
Computerized Braille ...invented by Roland Galarneau in 1972
Creed Telegraph System ..in 1900, Fredrick Creed invented a way to convert Morse Code to text
Compound Steam Engine ...invented by Benjamin Franklin Tibbetts in 1842CPR Mannequin ...invented by Dianne Croteau in 1989.
Electric Car Heater ...Thomas Ahearn invented the first electric car heater in 1890
Electric Cooking Range ...Thomas Ahearn invented the first in 1882
Electric Light Bulb ...Henry Woodward invented the electric light bulb in 1874 and sold the patent to Thomas Edison
Electron Microscope ...Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hillier, Albert Prebus co-invented the electron microscope in 1937
Electric Organ ...Morse Robb of Belleville, Ontario, patented the world's first electric organ in 1928
Electric Streetcar - Invented by John Joseph Wright in 1883
Fathometer ...An early form of sonar invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1919
Film Colourization ...invented by Wilson Markle in 1983
Garbage Bag ...(polyethylene) invented by Harry Wasylyk in 1950
Goalie Mask ...invented by Jaques Plante in 1960
Gramophone ...co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell & Emile Berliner in 1889
Green Ink ...currency or greenbacks ink invented by Thomas Sterry Hunt in 1862
Half-tone Engraving ...co-invented by Georges Edouard Desbarats & William Augustus Leggo in 1869
Heart Pacemaker ...invented by Dr. John A. Hopps in 1950
Hydrofoil Boats ...co-invented by Alexander Graham Bell, & Casey Baldwin in 1908
IMax Movie System ...co-invented in 1968 by Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr
Instant Mashed Potatoes ...dehydrated potato flakes were invented by Edward A. Asselbergs, in 1962
Insulin Process ...Fredrick Banting, J. J. Macleod, Charles Best and Collip invented the process for insulin in 1922
JAVA ...a programming language invented by James Gosling in 1994
Jetliner ...the first jetliner was designed by James Floyd in 1949
Jolly Jumper ...a baby's delight invented by Olivia Poole in 1959
Kerosene ...invented by Doctor Abraham Gesner in 1846
Lawn Sprinkler ...another invention made by the Real McCoy
Light Bulb Leads ..leads made of nickel & iron alloy were invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1892
Marquis Wheat ...invented by Sir Charles E. Saunders in 1908
Mcintosh Apple ...invented by John McIntosh in 1796
Music Synthesizer ...invented by Hugh Le Caine in 1945
Newsprint ...invented by Charles Fenerty in 1838
Odometer ...invented by Samuel McKeen in 1854
Paint Roller ...invented by Norman Breakey of Toronto in 1940
Plexiglas ...(Polymerized Methyl Methacrylate) invented by William Chalmers in 1931
Polypump Liquid Dispenser ...Harold Humphrey made pumpable liquid hand soap possible in 1972
Portable Film Developing System ...invented by Arthur Williams McCurdy in 1890, but he foolishly sold the patent to George Eastman in 1903
Potato Digger ...invented by Alexander Anderson in 1856
Process to Extract Helium from Natural Gas ...invented by Sir John Cunningham McLennan in 1915
Prosthetic Hand ...an electric prosthetic invented by Helmut Lucas in 1971
Quartz Clock ...Warren Marrison developed the first quartz clock
R-Theta Navigation System ...invented by J.E.G. Wright in 1958
Radio-Transmitted Voice ...invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1904
Railway Car Brake ...invented by George B. Dorey in 1913
Railway Sleeper Car ...invented by Samuel Sharp in 1857
Robertson Screw ...invented by Peter L. Robertson in 1908
Rotary Blow Molding Machine ...this plastic bottle maker was invented by Gustave Côté in 1966
Rotary Railroad Snowplow ...invented by J.E. Elliott in 1869
Rubber Shoe Heels ...Elijah McCoy patented an important iimprovement to rubber heels in 1879
Safety Paint ...a high reflectivity paint invented by Neil Harpham in 1974
Screw Propeller ...a ship's propeller invented by John Patch in 1833
Silicon Chip Blood Analyzer ...invented by Imants Lauks in 1986
SlickLicker ...made for cleaning oil spills, patented by Richard Sewell in 1970
Snowblower ...invented by Arthur Sicard in 1925
Snowmobile ...invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1922
Standard Time ...invented by Sir Sanford Fleming in 1878
Stereo-orthography Map Making System ...invented by T.J. Blachut, Stanley Collins in 1965
Superphosphate Fertilizer ...invented by Thomas L. Wilson in 1896
Synthetic Sucrose ...invented by Dr. Raymond Lemieux in 1953
Television ...Reginald A. Fessenden patented a television system in 1927
Television Camera ...invented by F. C. P. Henroteau in 1934
Telephone ..invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876
Telephone Handset ...invented by Cyril Duquet in 1878
Tone-to-Pulse Converter ...invented by Michael Cowpland in 1974
Trivial Pursuit ...invented on December 15, 1979 by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott
Tuck-Away-Handle Beer Carton ...invented by Steve Pasjac in 1957
Undersea Telegraph Cable ...invented by Fredrick Newton Gisborne in 1857
UV-degradable Plastics ...invented by Dr. James Guillet in 1971
Variable Pitch Aircraft Propeller ...invented by Walter Rupert Turnbull in 1922
Walkie-Talkie ...invented by Donald L. Hings in 1942
Wireless Radio ...invented by Reginald A. Fessenden in 1900
Wirephoto ...Edward Samuels Rogers invented the first in 1925
Zipper ...invented by Gideon Sundback in 1913


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