Oh Canada! Necessity is the mother of invention and, apparently, Canadians are a needy yet resourceful bunch.
A recent nation-wide vote for the country's best inventions has uncovered some surprisingly innovative Canucks:
Insulin, a life-saving treatment for Diabetes, was the brainchild of Frederick Banting.
Apparently, the idea of using Insulin to control the deadly disease came to Banting in a dream. Banting, along with colleagues, isolated the compound in 1921. At the time, diabetes was as deadly and disasterous as cancer. Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923.
While the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, was born in Scotland, he immigrated to Canada as a young man and later set about to create a means to communicate across the long distances of his new home.
He had been working in Boston but Bell's severe headaches brought him back to his family home in Ontario for some much needed relaxation. Alexander made his way to his 'dreaming place', a nearby bluff, and brainstormed the idea for a 'harmonic telegraph'.
Thought it was Edison's bright idea? Nope. Two Canadians, Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans, patented the light bulb in 1875.
Unfortunately, the duo didn't have the funds to produce and sell the light bulbs, so they sold their idea to good ole Thomas Edison.