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By earjerseyqq123 on Jan 13, 2014 05:27 AM
They appreciate a good pickup truck but also a good hike. Their idea of a good time entails dressing like extras in a John Wayne movie, but it can also involve hurling themselves a snowy Rocky Mountain slope.
But Albertans are also a clever, imaginative breed with a penchant for innovation.
Look around and chances are that an idea born in Alberta has had an impact on your life, the new federal Conservative movement not withstanding. (Yes, that political force was born from the Canadian Alliance, that came from the Reform Party, which was born in Alberta.)
Albertans have become legendary for their propensity to dig, so it stands to reason that it was Albertans who invented a way to pull bitumen out of sand in northern Alberta, and who invented a way to take fossils out of the dinosaurrich earth of eastern Alberta without damaging the fragile specimens.
But it's everyday things, such as the ATCO trailer or the Caesar, that Canadians run across everyday and that they may not know were invented in Wild Rose Country. And those are the inventions offered here today.
Click through the slideshow below for top 12 oddest, most surprising, most delicious inventions to come out of Alberta.
1. Caesar CocktailA Caesar sometimes referred to as cheapaggboots.co.uk a Bloody Caesar,1 after the similar Bloody Mary, is a cocktail popular mainly in Canada.
So Ubiquitous, Yet So AlbertanThe Caesar can be enjoyed coast to coast to coast, and even in some bars in Mexico and Italy, but the very metropolitan cocktail was born in Cowtown.
"The Caesar was invented in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell of the Calgary Inn (today the Westin Hotel) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He devised the cocktail after being tasked to create a signature acheapoakleys.com drink for the Calgary Inn's new Italian restaurant. He mixed vodka with clam and tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and other spices, creating a drink similar to a Bloody Mary but with a uniquely spicy flavour."2. BearProof Garbage Can
A Canadian IconIt's estimated that more than a thousand bears have been killed since the mountain parks were established, due to human garbage and the habituation effect it has on the bruins. There have also been people killed by bears looking for human food. That trend is being reversed in partly due to people's greater awareness of what their garbage does to bears but also due in great part to the bearproof bin. The bear bin was developed in the 1970s by HaulAll Equipment Systems of Lethbridge.
3. Ginger Beef
So afakeoakleys.com Chinese, Yet NotIt's the dish that every Chinese restaurant has on the menu that most favourite takeout for Canadians and that most effective comfort food requiring chop sticks ginger beef. But even though it was invented by a Chinese chef working at a Chinese restaurant, the dish is actually from, ahem, Calgary. Credited for the meal is George Wong at the Silver Inn. ColdFx
No One Likes A ColdColdFx was invented by Dr. Jacqueline Shan and Dr. Peter Pang. It was invented as a cold prevention product that has become a consumer favourite but has also found a loyal following in professional sports teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Flames, Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, as well as the Canadian Olympic team.
5. The ATCO Trailer
A Building You Can Move AroundATCO trailers have become staples of the oil patch, forestry camps, school yards and even overseas bases for the Canadian Forces.
"The first generation of ATCO modular buildings were little more than a small travel trailer that could be hauled from one site to another as the need arose. As bfakeoakleys.com ATCO grew, the company pioneered the modular building industry and ATCO's "relocatable towns" became the company's hallmark. These trailers could be attached to each other to form a complex to accommodate workers complete with internal walkways and adapted for a range of uses, including fullscale industrial kitchens and temporary office space.
ATCO modular buildings were, and continue to be used for a variety of purposes including workforce accommodations, kitchens, offices, classrooms, and custom designed buildings. The units are prewired with electrical systems, plumbing for showers, sinks and toilets, as well as connections for waste disposal and hookups to existing water systems."6. The Rubber Curling Hack
This Guy Was Anything bredbottomshoes.com But A Hack"Edmontonian Elias B. "Ole" Olson, like many Canadians, was an avid curler. In 1939, during a bonspiel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he was preparing to launch his rock. He thought out his shot, took hold of the granite stone, placed his foot in the dent hacked from the ice and began to push off. Then, at the crucial moment, he slipped and missed his shot. It is not known how hard Olson hit the ice, but like Newton, the bump was enough motivation to invent a solution. For the passionate curler about to make an important shot, a hole hacked from the curling ice was simply too unreliable.
Olson reasoned that rubber, commonly used in car tires and shoes for a good grip on ice, would also serve the curler well. On his way home, he purchased some raw rubber form a tire company and began tinkering. Using the family stove he set to work baking the prototypes. Eventually, Olson settled on a chunky design that provided grip for the thrower's foot and prevented slipping."7. The Pizza Perogy
Delicious Does Well In Alberta"Nowhere in the Slavic cooking lexicon is a pizza perogy mentioned, and this particular innovation belongs to Walter Makowecki and his Heritage Frozen Foods, the manufacturer of Cheemo. Even the brand namethe Inuit word for Hello, correctly spelled Chimois an intriguing marketing development that draws attention to the flashfrozen nature of this borninEdmonton foodstuff.".