Ah, Canada. America's hat, the land that foisted Justin Bieber upon us.
For as much ribbing as the Great White North gets, please accept our extreme gratitude for all you've given the world (minus Celine Dion).
Don't know what we're talking aboot? Here are some famous things we should thank Canada for:
Believe it or not, IMAX technology goes back to 1967, when a group of Canadians invented it for EXPO '67 in Montreal. It was a crude early effort that involved syncing nine cameras together, but thanks, Canada! Our movie experience changed forever.
That extra lift you're getting from your bra is courtesy of Canada. Canadian Louise Poirier came up with the WonderBra in the 1960s, and it was marketed as a strictly functional item. Then America came along and did what it does best: start its own WonderBra company and use sex to sell it.
There is something just so Canadian about this. Inventor Alfred J. Gross was a pioneer in wireless technology we now think of as relics: pagers, walkie-talkies, cordless phones. Even though these were huge at one point, Gross, who was born in Toronto, apparently didn't make much money on them because his patents expired before the technology was embraced.
When genius strikes, it strikes all over Canada. Three Canadians were actually working on inventing plastic garbage bags at the same time in the 1950s. Little did they (probably) know that their invention would become the scourge of environmentalists because it could take up to 1,000 years for a bag to break down. Enter yet another Canadian, James Guillet, who made a bag that decomposes in sunlight.
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Leave it to Canada to provide the quintessential hospital cafeteria food, that gluey, gooey creation that is instant mashed potatoes. Canadian Edward Asselbergs created the potato flakes in 1960.
Two Canadian journalists decided to make the best of things when their Scrabble game set was missing pieces. The pair invented their own game in 1979 and one of the world's most famous games was born: Trivial Pursuit. Now there are dozens of versions of the game, including Canadian-only games.
Hoopsters should tip their hats to Canadian James Naismith, who not only invented basketball in 1891, but spent his lifetime promoting the sport's expansion into college and professional programs and getting it recognized as an Olympic sport.
We know, poutine is nothing to look at. Canadians take delicious, crisp French fries and drown them in brown gravy and cheese curds. But just like Canada itself, something just works about this strange creation.