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18 Amazing Gifts Canada Gave The World

'The White North' just turned 148 today. The under-the-radar and polite country of Canada has given the world some of the best inventions and artists of all times. 

Now that Canada is celebrating its birthday today with snowbirds and carnivals, let's thank the nation and the residents for the amazing presents they gave us all.

18 Amazing Gifts Canada Gave The World

18 Amazing Gifts Canada Gave The World

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#1) Cobie Smulders, actress in TV series 'How I Met Your Mother'

#1) Cobie Smulders, actress in TV series 'How I Met Your Mother'

The Canadian actress is best known for her roles as Maria Hill in 'The Avengers' (2012) and Robin Scherbatsky on the TV series 'How I Met Your Mother' (2005–14).

#2) Insulin invented by Frederick Banting, James Collip and Charles Herbert Best

#2) Insulin invented by Frederick Banting, James Collip and Charles Herbert Best

The three Canadian medical scientists co-invented the medication in 1922 to treat Diabetic patients. Frederick Banting received a Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

#3) Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

#3) Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

'The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.' were the words of the great visionary Alexander Graham Bell in the year 1906. He had his lab and conducted his experiment on invention of telephone in Canada and got telephone patented in 1876 in Canada itself.

#4) Basketball invented by James Naismith

#4) Basketball invented by James Naismith

Along with inventing the game in 1891, he wrote the Original Basketball rule book, founded the basketball program of University of Kansas and witnessed the game being adopted and played as an official event at Berlin's Summer Olympics in 1936.

#5) James Cameron, Director of blockbuster movies 'Avatar' and 'Titanic'

#5) James Cameron, Director of blockbuster movies 'Avatar' and 'Titanic'

This Canadian filmmaker who also happens to be an inventor, engineer and philanthropist, is one of the biggest gifts Canada gave to the world. He is the Director of Avatar and Titanic, two of the highest-grossing films of all time.

#6) Cardiac Pacemaker invented by John Alexander Hopps

#6) Cardiac Pacemaker invented by John Alexander Hopps

John Alexander Hopps is also known as 'Father of Bio-medical Engineering in Canada'. In 1951, he came up with world's first external artificial pacemaker.

#7) Java co-invented by James Gosling

#7) Java co-invented by James Gosling

James Gosling, Canadian computer scientist, is also known as 'Father of the Java programming language'. The programming language was released in 1995.

#8) Snowmobile

#8) Snowmobile

Snowmobile was first patented in Canada in 1915 by Ray H. Muscott of Waters, Michigan.

#9) Prosthetic Arm invented by Helmut Lucas

#9) Prosthetic Arm invented by Helmut Lucas

Helmut Lucas invented Prosthetic Arm in 1971.

#10) Wonderbra invented by Louise Poirier

#10) Wonderbra invented by Louise Poirier

Though the brand was first trademarked in 1955 in the U.S., it was developed in Canada.

#11) Walkie-Talkie invented by Donald Hings and Alfred J. Gross

#11) Walkie-Talkie invented by Donald Hings and Alfred J. Gross

Earlier called as 'packset', Walkie-Talkie were invented in the year 1942 by the two Canadian inventors. Alfred J. Gross also patented the telephone pagers and cordless phones.

#12) AM Radio invented by Reginald Fessenden

#12) AM Radio invented by Reginald Fessenden

Reginald Fessenden used radio transmissions of voice and music and continuous waves in his experiments to invent AM Radio and then patented it in 1906. On the Christmas eve of 1906, in the first public voice broadcast ever at his Radio-Telephone Installation at Brant Rock,US, Fessenden said, 'An inventor is one who can see the applicability of means to supplying demand five years before it is obvious to those skilled in the art.'

#13) Superman, co-created by Joe Shuster

#13) Superman, co-created by Joe Shuster

Joe Shuster is a Canadian-born artist who co-created the character 'Superman' with his high school friend Jerry Siegel in 1933.

#14) Ice Hockey invented in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

#14) Ice Hockey invented in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

The first organized indoor game of Ice Hockey was played on March 3, 1875 at Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink between two 9-player teams, including several students of James Creighton and McGill University .

#15) Bryan Adams, Singer of the music album 'Reckless'

#15) Bryan Adams, Singer of the music album 'Reckless'

He's a globally known singer, musician, social activist, actor, producer and photographer.

#16) Video games: Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia

#16) Video games: Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia

Assassin's Creed was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a Canadian subsidiary of the French video game developer Ubisoft in 2007. The game 'Prince of Persia' is currently being published by Ubisoft.

Grand Auto Theft Vice City IV and Need For Speed

Grand Auto Theft Vice City IV and Need For Speed

The game NFS was developed in 1994 by several studios around the world including the Canadian company EA Black Box. 'Grand Auto Theft Vice City IV' was co-created by the Canadian development team Rockstar Toronto.

#17) Paint Roller invented by Norman Breakey

#17) Paint Roller invented by Norman Breakey

He's the man who made painting walls a fun activity. He invented the basic device in 1940.

#18) Pamela Anderson, Actress and PETA activist

#18) Pamela Anderson, Actress and PETA activist

Anderson is also an author, model, producer and former showgirl for shows like V.I.P. and Home Improvement. She stripped down for PETA's advertising campaign "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" in 2003.

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