Happy Canada Day!

Whether it’s an extra day to relax in the city or another night at the cottage, we hope you enjoy your Canada Day long weekend. In honour
of our great country’s birthday yesterday (and the day off we get out of it!),
we’ve rounded up some inventions we bet you didn’t know were Canadian.

1. The lawn sprinkler
Not only did he invent the sprinkler in 1897, but Elijah
McCoy (who boasts 57 invention patents) is the namesake for the expression “the real
McCoy”. Who knew?

2. IMAX movie systems
Making its debut at EXPO ’67 in Montreal, IMAX movies were invented by Canadian filmmakers/entrepreneurs Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr. They decided to design a new system using a single powerful projector, rather than the multiple projectors used at that time. 
3. The zipper
Perhaps one of the greatest Canadian inventions, the zipper
was invented by Swedish-American electrical engineer Gideon Sundback at the Universal
Fastener Company in St. Catharines, Ontario. After the death of his wife (the
plant owner’s daughter) in 1911, he devoted himself to his work, leading him to
designing the zipper in 1913. Thank goodness!

4. The Abdominizer
The Abdominizer was invented by Canadian Dennis Colonellow in the 80s. We think this video says it all. Truly a gift to society.

5. The chocolate bar
While Canadians cannot be credited with inventing chocolate,
Canadian family-owned chocolate factory Ganong Brothers Ltd. did introduce the
five-cent chocolate nut bar in 1910. We hear that Arthur Ganong and factory
supervisor George Ensor got the idea to create a convenient snack for fishermen, since the company factory in St. Stephen, N.B. was close to popular fishing grounds. The
Ganong company is still running and located in the same town.

6. Instant mashed
Let’s be honest, we’ve all eaten them (and secretly enjoyed). But where do they
come from? Instant mashed potatoes were invented by scientist Edward A.
Asselbergs in 1962. The powdered food technique he developed was used to fortify foods with protein in nutrient-deficient countries and to create
convenient foods that could be used by campers or in military field rations. Et voila. Convenience for all of us.

7. Trivial Pursuit
Referred to by Time Magazine as “the biggest phenomenon in
game history”, Trivial Pursuit was created by Chris Hainey, then a photo editor at
the Montreal Gazette and Scott Abbott, a sports journalist for the Canadian Press, who
came up with the game in just a couple hours while playing Scrabble. The game
was released in 1981, stumping Canadians ever since.

8. The washing machine
Thank you to James Brown (no, not that James Brown) for
making all our lives easier and inventing the washing machine in 1835. We don’t
know what we would do without it.

9. The walkie talkie
Invented by Don Hings in 1937, the term “walkie talkie” was coined by journalists reporting on these new inventions during the World War II. Originally they were called wireless sets or pack sets. 

10. Wonderbra
Ladies, we have Moses (Moe) Nadler, founder of the Canadian Lady Corset Company, to thank for developing the first Wonderbra in 1939. By the 1960s, the company became known as the “Wonderbra ” company and in 1961, they introduced the plunge push-up bra that became a best-seller and is almost identical to today’s Wonderbra. 

And you thought we only invented maple syrup and basketball! #nowyouknow

DIY: Milkmaid braid

It’s an exciting day on the fourth floor – the launch of our first-ever video! Starring the lovely Andie and Natalie, they’ll take you through each step of creating an easy milkmaid braid.

What should our next video be about? Tweet us @rockitpromo or comment below to let us know.

Rave: Top 10 Viral Vids for 2011

Everyone loves a good viral video.  Whether it’s shocking, hilarious or ridiculous, we love a good laugh or witty joke. We have to admit, we’ve watched a lot, but there were a few stand-out favourites this year.  We’ll let these videos speak for themselves.

10. Kanye West, Jay-Z – Otis
One of our favourite music videos of the year, Kanye and Jay-Z chop up a Maybach, rebuild it and drive it around all while being super awesome.   

9. A Harvey Nichols Christmas 2011 – Ever faced a walk of shame? 
Though less viewed than our other selections, Harvey Nichols created a brilliant idea to promote their store during the holidays. Haven’t seen it yet? Only 500,000 have, check it out!

8. Old Spice – The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
Great example of an amazing marketing campaign. With almost 38 million views, it’s by far one of the best commercials we’ve seen in a while. 

7. Denver Official Guilty Dog!
Denver that scoundrel. 

6.Ryan Gosling talks about F*ck Yeah and Hey Girl

5. YouTube Challenge – I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present
A follow-up to “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy,” Jimmy Kimmell once again reached out to parents and asked them to trick their children and film reactions. These poor children… but hilarious all the same.

4. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass by Sophia Grace Brownlee
It’s hard to find things more adorable than two little girls rocking out to Nicki Minaj.  These two were featured on Ellen and had the chance to go shopping with Minaj after their little music video went viral.

3. The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger
Ever wonder what a honey badger gets up to? This video takes you on the daily adventures of our favourite marsupial, the honey badger.
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2. Marcel the Shell with shoes on
An adorable shell with shoes. What’s not to love? 

1. Shit Girls Say
Our favourite of the year for sure. Let’s be honest, we’re guilty of most (if not all) of these phrases. We can’t stop smiling!