It’s true. Unlike Jeopardy!, Trivial Pursuit was actually created by a pair of Canucks. The board game was invented in 1979 by journalists Scott Abbott and Chris Haney, and, after a few years of fundraising and developing trivia, it was officially trademarked on November 10, 1981. The duo lost money on their initial sets due to manufacturing costs, but the rights to the game were eventually purchased by Hasbro in 2008 for an estimated total of $80 million.
It’s true, eh: Superman is as Canadian as Wolverine and Captain Canuck. Sort of. “The Man of Steel” was created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Toronto-born cartoonist Joe Shuster in 1932. In the early stages, the character’s alter ego, Clark Kent, worked for the Daily Star, which was directly patterned after the Toronto Star newspaper. We'll stake halfsies.
If you appreciated The Revenant and Star Wars in the past year, then Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroiter, and Robert Kerr should be your heroes. The three Canadian filmmakers demonstrated the first IMAX film, Tiger Child, at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan. Its technical achievements led to future variations such as IMAX 3D, IMAX HD, and Digital IMAX. In terms of venues and installations, there are now 1,061 IMAX theatres in 67 different countries (as of December 31, 2015).
If you've ever felt the need to key up a synth jam like Soft Cell’s "Tainted Love," then you can thank Canada. In the late 1940s, Canadian composer Hugh Le Caine invented the Sackbut, an electronic music instrument that provided control of three different aspects of sound: volume, pitch, and timbre. The innovation later influenced Dr. Robert Moog, who sold his first modular synthesizer prototype in 1964 before attracting the attention of artists such as Diana Ross, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles.
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Joshua Khan is a Toronto-based writer that is 100% Canadian (but absolutely terrible at coming up with inventions). Follow him and his endeavors at: @blaremag.