As usual (well when he decides to post anyway), Dickson has an interesting post up on his blog, this time about the CBC’s poll of the greatest Canadian inventions. There are 50 different inventions on the list, and CBC wants you to cast your vote. A special two-hour show featuring the inventions and a bunch of famous Canadians will air on January 3rd, 2007.
Here are my top ten picks (in no particular order):
- Bloody Ceasar – Seriously, where would we be without this fine drink?
- Canadarm – Showing them how it’s done in Space, since 1975.
- Zipper – It’s the one thing I can properly operate after all those Caesars!
- Poutine – When made right, super yummy.
- Electron Microscope – Don’t forget about the small stuff!
- Snowblower – Nothing says Canadian like a huge machine to move the fluffy white stuff around.
- Insulin – A very worthy invention. Until the next major breakthrough renders it obsolete.
- Wonderbra – I feel very proud to be Canadian right now.
- Instant Replay – Though less important now thanks to TiVo and other PVRs, this is still a pretty cool invention.
- Java Programming Language – Java is important to me for two reasons: it’s initial success partially led to the creation of .NET, and it’s continued bloat/politics/other problems clearly demonstrate why .NET is so much better now 😉
There’s some really interesting inventions on the list, some really old, and some more modern. It will be interesting to see how they are compared on the show.
What are your favorites?