You probably know of or use these famous things invented in Montreal, but never knew that they were actually invented here!
You can’t ignore the fact that Montrealers are pretty creative. Just look at the leaps and bounds made in AI, right here, the gaming industry, and even Cirque du Soleil, the international success circus sans animals.
Peanut butter was patented in 1884 by Montrealer, Marcellus Edson, contrary to pop culture having you believe otherwise.
He took peanut flour, added sugar and cooled it to have the consistency of butter, and voilà, peanut butter was born in Montreal.
The Wonder Bra, Wonderbra
Montrealer Moses Nadler founded the Canadian Lady Corset Company which owned the label. But, it was an employee of the company, Louise Poirier, that designed the Wonderbra — the “lift and separate” bra that gave women cleavage, even though they didn’t have any!
First Internet Search Engine, Archie!
Archie, the first ever internet search engine, you know, pre-Google was created right here in Montreal, at McGill University in 1988. Credits go to Alan Emtage for this amazing, modern day Canadian invention.
Playtex Baby Bottle Liners
Jean St-Germain, at age 16, and a grade-four dropout, created the baby bottle liners. St-Germain, born just an hour’s drive from Montreal, used a condom in a baby bottle to reduce the amount of air a baby swallows when drinking milk. He got the idea when he saw his sister-in-law burping her baby. He sold the idea in the ’50s for $1000.
Pornhub was born in Montreal. As part of Interhub, Matt Keezer founded the porn internet website on May 25, 2007. It was sold to MindGeek in 2010. By that time, Pornhub had more than 100,000 videos uploaded!
Trivial Pursuit Game
The really popular board game, Trivial Pursuit, was created on December 15, 1979 in Montreal by Canadian Chris Haney.
Believe it or not, Haney was a photo editor for the Montreal Gazette. He and The Canadian Press sports editor, Scott Abbott, were having a few beers while playing Scrabble, when they lost some pieces and decided to invent a new game.
The First Snowblower
Montreal inventor, Arthur Sicard, invented the snowblower in 1925. He sold his first snowblower, the “Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower” in 1927, to the town of Outremont.
The first 3D puzzles were invented by Montrealer, Paul Gallant in 1991. Throughout the 1990s, three-dimensional puzzles were made, leading to a rapid growth in the company.