I had some free time this afternoon and was feeling just a tad patriotic, so I decided to hop on wikipedia and discover some of the groovier things invented by our fellow Canadians. What follows are five of the more surprising things I had come across, complete with wikiquotes and links to the original articles. How many did you know were Canadian?
1. Five-Pin Bowling – Five-pin bowling is a bowling variant which is only played in Canada, where many bowling alleys offer it, either alone or in combination with ten-pin bowling. It was devised in the early twentieth century to offer bowlers the chance to play a game during a half-hour lunch break. This goal was achieved by using smaller balls which travel faster than ten-pin balls and which can be thrown in rapid succession. Five-pin bowling was invented in 1909 by Thomas F. Ryan in Toronto, Ontario.
2. Bloody Caesar – …was invented by bartender Walter Chell at the Owl’s Nest Bar in the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1969, to accompany the opening of a new restaurant, “Marco’s”. In its original form, it contained tomato juice and mashed clams; Clamato had only just been released (with the assistance of Chell) by the American Mott’s company that very year, and was not yet widely known or available.
3. The Zipper – was invented in St. Catharines, Ontario by Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-born immigrant to Canada who was in 1913 the top designer at Universal Fastener Company. He made his first “Hookless fastener” in 1913, and designed the complex machinery needed to manufacture it. The patent was issued in 1917 as a “separable fastener.” The B. F. Goodrich Company coined the name Zipper in 1923 for the line of rubber overshoes that it made using the fastener. The name slowly came to be associated with the fastener itself, and eventually acquired generic status.
4. Robertson Screwdriver – A Robertson screwdriver is a type of screwdriver with a square-shaped tip…The drivers are famous for holding onto screws (you can start driving a screw horizontally into the wall, and leave the screwdriver in the screw while you have lunch)…Today Robertson screws are almost unknown in the United Kingdom, scarce in the United States, where they are used mainly in theatrical set construction and account for 10% of screws sold, while being very common in Canada where 85% of the screws sold use the Robertson head.
5. The Electric Stove – Thomas Ahearn invented the electric cooking range in 1892 and installed one in the Windsor Hotel in Montreal. The electric stove was showcased at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, where an electrified model kitchen was shown. But like the gas stove, the electrical stove had a slow start, partly due to the unstable technology, and partly because first cities and town needed to be electrified. By the 1930s, the technology had matured and the electrical stove started to slowly replace the gas stove, especially in domestic kitchens.
Digital photo prints are on sale at Pharmaprix for 9Â¢ each and at Shoppers Drug Mart for 15Â¢ each. Both deals are awesome especially the 9Â¢ in Quebec. Quebecers get a shopping advantage for a change.
CNNMoney.com has just posted a great little article on a number of ridiculous fees that we’ll all face at one time or another in life, and what we can do to avoid them. A few of them may not apply to Canadians, but ignore those and you’ll find more than 2 dozen great tips and tricks to help you save in airfare, real estate, banking and more.
Read the article 35 Most Outrageous Fees (and how to avoid them) at CNNMoney.com.
My wife and I were watching the old boob tube the other night and were delighted to see one of our favourite ads pop on. I’m sure you’ve all seen it, but just in case you haven’t (or if it’s been as long since you’ve seen it as it was for us) let me bring you what we consider the greatest Canadian ad of all time – The North American House Hippo.
For more info on Concerned Children’s Advertisers, visit their website here.
Thanks Emma for this huge list of deals and boxing day picks 🙂
– Xbox 360 Premium + 12 month Live Gold Kit with Vision cam + wireless controller – $549.97
– Boxing Day Only: 30 Pack Nestle Pure Life Water – $2.97
– Comforters – $9.99
– Save 40% off All Sony Headphones
– Save 50% on All Value Video Games
– Save 15% off All Wii and PS3 Games
– Combo Storage Cabinet/Wardrobe – $99.97
– Extra 50% off All Clearance Watches and Jewellery
– Save 50% off All Menâ€™s and Kidâ€™s Outerwear (some exclusions apply)
Read Zellers flyer here
– Up to 80% off Brand Name Fashions
– 15% off All Electronics
– Menâ€™s London Fog, Dockers, and Pacific Trail Outerwear – $39.99
– Womenâ€™s London Fog Outerwear – $49.99
– 50% off All Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Code Bleu Jeans and Tops
– 50% Menâ€™s Robes, 40% off Menâ€™s Sleepwear
– 45% off Warnerâ€™s and Wonderbra Womenâ€™s Boxed Bras and Briefs
– 50% off All Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Kidsâ€™ Winter Boots
– Nine West Circle Around Collection 40% off Handbags
– 70% off 10 Kt. Gold Gemstone & Diamond Jewellery
– 50% off All Cookware Sets and Matching Open Stock
– 40% off Fireplaces
– 55% off All Matress Sets plus Free Local Delivery
Read The Bay flyer here
– Use your Sears Car or Sears Mastercard and for every $100 you spend, receive a $100 Sears Travel Coupon toward any Sunquest vacation package
– Prima 20â€ LCD TV w/PC Input – $299.99
– 60% off Christmas trees, lights, cards, etc.
– Use your Sears Mastercard or Sears Card and save an extra 35% off clearance womenâ€™s fashion, menâ€™s fasion, footwear, luggage, housewares, jewellery, and more
– 50% off Fall and Winter Sweaters, Knit Tops, Fleece Fasions
– 1/2 Price Pre-Wrapped Gifts
– 50% off Menâ€™s Fall and Winter Outerwear, Accessories, and Gift Boxes
– Kenmore Propane Gas Grill 65,000 BTUâ€™s – $219.99
– 6-Piece Diana Crystal Stemware Sets – $9.99
– Toshiba 50â€ Projection HDTV – $1299.99
– Womenâ€™s Lamb Leather Jacket – $99
– Her Lamb Leather Coat – $129
– His Lamb Leather Bomber – $119
– Her Belted Lamb Leather Jacket – $119
– His Lamb Leather Coat – $129
– Menâ€™s Casual Leather Bomber – $99
– Convert Shell Jacket Menâ€™s jet Stream – $59.99
– Champion Menâ€™s Crew Neck Fleece Top – $9.99
– Buy one MicroFleece, get one free
– Menâ€™s Air Hurance 2K6 Training Shoe – $69.99
– Top Flite Complete Distance 12 Pack – $9.96
– X Calibur Senior One Piece Composite Stick 2 for $99.98
– Rbk 3K Senior Hockey Skate – $99.99
– Mushroom Futon – $148
– Glass L-Shaped Desk – $98
– Hustle Sofa – $398 (In-store only)
– Microfibre Red Accent Char – $99.95
– Bagless Upright Vacuum – $98
Read The Brick flyer here
Shoppers Drug Mart
20X Optimum Points on December 30, 2006 only
– 50% off Seasonal Merchandise
– Dec. 23 – Jan. 5 get $0.15 4×6 digital prints from easypix online
– 25% off Life brand multivitamins and natural health products
– 12 Pack Life Brand Water – $1.49
– Fuji A400 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom – $99
– 50% off Selected Life Brand Memory Cards, Film or Batteries
– Turtles – $4.99 each
– 50% off selected Fragrance Gift Sets
Read Shoppers Drug Mart flyer here
– Curtis 7â€ Portable DVD Player – $79.99
– Klipsch SF-1 Tower Speakers – $299.99
– 1GB Cruzer Micro – $19.99
– AKAI 8.1MP Digital Camera – $169.98
– Video Jockey 2GB Video MP3 Player $99.99
– Sony CyberShot DSCW100B 8.1MP Digital Camera – $299.99
– Olympus Stylus 740 / 7.1 Megapixel Digital Camera – $299.99
– Free Second Set of 4×6 Prints – Digital or Film
– Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1 Speaker System – $279.99
Read London Drugs flyer here
– RCA 32â€ LCD HDTV – $799.93 Door Crasher
– 37â€ LCD HDTV – $899.94 Door Crasher
– Crest Toothpast 170mL – $0.93
– Memorex DVD-R/+R 16X 100 PK – $17.77
– Energizer Multi-Pack Batteries (12AA, 8AAA, 8C, 8D, 4 9V) – $4.97
– 2-Pack Pantene Pro-V Shampoo – $4.73
– Royale 32 Single Roll or 16 Double Roll Bathroom Tissue – $6.47
– DVDs 3/$10, 2/$10, 2/$15, 2/$20
– DVD Boxsets 2/$30, 2/$35
– Gamecube games $18.63 each
– PS2 games $14.63-$34.83
– XBOX 360 games $43.83 each
– 42â€ Plasma HDTV – $998.83 Door Crasher
– RCA 32â€ Stereo TV – $259.93 Door Crasher
– RCA HDMI Cable $28.54
– Sanyo 24â€ TV – $149.94
– RCA 50â€ DLP HDTV – $1299.83
– SV2000 DVD/VHS Combo $59.42
– Venturer DVD Recorder – $96.64
– 4GB Apple iPod Nano – $208.83
– Uniden 5.8GHz Triple Handset – $69.93
– vTech 5.8GHz Phone – $19.96
– 1-Hour film processing/ 8″x10″ enlargement 50% OFF
– KDS 19â€ LCD Computer Monitor – $159.93 Door Crasher
– 50% off Christmas cards, wraps, decorations, candles, tableware, etc.
– Kraft Peanut Butter 750g – 1KG – $1.88
– Pringles – $1.27
– Chunky Soup – $1.27
Read Walmart’s flyer here
– 37â€ Flat-Panel LCD HDTV – $849.99
– Gateway Intel Celeron M 370 Refurb Notebook (512MB, 60GB, Combo Drive) – $399.99
– PNY 2x 1GB SD Cards – $24.99
– Sony 1000 Watt Wireless Multi-Disc DVD Home Theatre System – $599.99
– Daytek Progressive Scan DVD Recorder w/250GB HD – $299.99
– JVC MiniDV Camcorder – $249.99
– Kodak C330 4MP Digital Camera w/3x Optical Zoom – $89.99
– Gateway Mobile AMD Sempron 3100+ Refurb Notebook (512MB, 80GB, DL DVD Burner) – $499.99
– Konica Minolta Refurb Colour Laser Printer – $169.99
– Konica Minolta Refurb Network Colour Laser Printer – $299.99
– Philips 16x DVD-R or DVD+R 100 Pack – $17.99
– Altec Lansing 2-Piece Speaker System – $9.99
– Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse w/Tilt Wheel – $19.99
– Mio C210 Portable Auto GPS Navigation System – $199.99
– Audiovox GMRS Radio Bundle – $19.99
– Kitchen Aid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt. Stand Mixer – $149.99
– Samsung 26 Cu. Ft. Filtered Ice and Water Side-by-Side Refridgerator – $1099.99
Read Future Shop’s flyer here
Real Canadian Superstore Ontario
– CiTech Progressive Scan DVD Player – $9.99
– Kodak C530 Digital Camera – $99.98
– Black Glider Rocker with Ottoman – $89.99
– Citizen 27â€ HD LCD TV – $599.99
– vTech 5.8GHz Triple Handset Caller ID Phone – $59.98
– SanDisk 512MB SD Card – $9.98
– Kingston 1GB SD Card w/ Reader – $19.98
– Original Nintendo DS – $89.98
– GameCube w/ Super Smash Bros – $89.98
– Select Clothing 50% off
– Fragrance and Make Up Sets 50% off
– Select Table Games (Air hockey, etc) 50% off
Read RCSS flyer
Let’s face facts – you dropped the ball. It’s Christmas Eve, and you still have shopping to do. Pretty soon those stores are going to be closed, and you’re going to be up the creek without a paddle. Or are you? Whether you like it or not, there’s one place left. It may smack of desperation, but it’s better than showing up empty-handed (though only slightly so). It’s the gas station.
Winterized Washer Fluid is always a great gift – it says “Stay safe this winter! People care about you! But obviously not me, because I bought you washer fluid.” There’s lots of options here – lottery tickets, Pringles, The Toronto Sun. What’s not to love?
Well tommorow’s Christmas Day, and I can only hope our last minute shopping ideas have provided you with some of the gifts you needed, or at least given you a few laughs. I hope you’ll all enjoy the rest of your holidays, and I’ll see you all on the other side of Happy Ho ho Day! 🙂
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you didn’t watch Arrested Development. After all, if you did – or if anyone did for that matter – Arrested Development would still be on the air. It’s a shame, because you don’t know what you were missing. Well now, courtesy of MSN, you can find out.
MSN is putting the entire series online for your enjoyment free of charge. Currently the first nine are available, and they’re adding three more every week until all 53 are available. If you’ve never seen it you owe it to yourself to give it a try. If you’re already a fan, there’s all kinds of new stuff for you to enjoy -like Messenger pics and wallpapers.
This show is a personal favourite, so please, consider my sharing this link my gift to you. Happy Holidays!
Click here to check out Arrested Development.
Want to save $100 on an Xbox 360? There are two great deals starting Boxing Day that you won’t want to miss;
Future Shop will be offering an Xbox 360 Premium Bundle (includes Headset, 20GB Hard Drive and 30 Days of Xbox Live, as well as two games packed in – Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Live Arcade Unplugged) for $399, and they’ll be throwing in the game The Outfit to sweeten the deal. With the extra free game, this is definitely the better deal of the two – but I think it’s also going to be the harder to find. It’s marked as a “Door Crasher” in their flyer, which suggests to me that this will probably be a Boxing Day only deal. I can’t confirm that though, so don’t be afraid to check on this deal the rest of the week. You might luck out!
Rogers Video is offering the Premium Console (including Ghost Recon and Live Arcade Unplugged) for $399 for the entire week – December 26th thru January 1st. There’s no additional free game, but we can say for sure that this will be on sale the whole week. Also – it seems logical that Rogers Video would run out of stock long after Future Shop. After all, not many people think of going to their local video store to pick up a sweet deal on a gaming console.
[Weâ€™re in the last week before Christmas, and everyday until that very last minute we here at SmartCanucks will be bringing you some great but obscure gift ideas for that special someone]
Nothing says I love you like “Ch-ch-ch-Chia!” Chia-Pets, the Clapper, the Ove Glove – anything bought to you by Joseph Enterprises is a worthwhile gift. This close to Christmas, ordering online probably won’t do you a lot of good unless you’re willing to put an IOU in a Christmas card. Luckily you can find most of these products at your local Home Hardware. And seriously, if you can show me someone who wouldn’t smile when unwrapping a ChiaPet, I’ll wear that damned Princess Leia dog costume.
Every great product ever imagined is available online at Joseph Enterprises.