Whose Bright Idea Was It? - Manitoba Style

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30 made-in-Manitoba inventions to be thankful for

Thomas Garnet (Gar) Gillies created the Garnet Amplifier, a vacuum tube-based amplifier that gave rock bands like The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive a distinctive, gritty sound

Better known for being the inspiration for James Bond, Winnipegger Sir William Stephenson also invented a wire photo transmitter for newspapers to immediately share images that eventually became the fax machine.

Better known for being the inspiration for James Bond, Winnipegger Sir William Stephenson also invented a wire photo transmitter for newspapers to immediately share images that eventually became the fax machine.

Kelly Sveinson invented the first insulated prefabricated chimney, using a metal Coca-Cola sign for raw material in 1933. It's known as a 'Selkirk chimney' worldwide.

Kelly Sveinson invented the first insulated prefabricated chimney, using a metal Coca-Cola sign for raw material in It's known as a 'Selkirk chimney' worldwide.

P. J. E. Peebles graduated from high school in St. Boniface and then went on to be one of the team that came up with the Big Bang Theory (no, not the TV show).

Peebles graduated from high school in St. Boniface and then went on to be one of the team that came up with the Big Bang Theory (no, not the TV show).

Five Winnipeggers -- Randy Dueck, Gerry Terwin, Duncan Campbell, Chris Sargent and Paul Lejeune -- originated the game of murderball, a.k.a. wheelchair rugby, in 1975.

"When people in the community see you in a chair they kinda treat you like you're made of glass or that you're fragile; But, in wheelchair rugby, it's kinda like high speed bumper cars.

Winnipeg emigrant John Hamerton discovered the number of human chromosomes  46, not 48 as had been believed.

The study concluded that doing good and feeling good have very different effects on the human genome, even though they generate similar levels of positive emotion

Martin Cooper grew up in the North End breaking apart Coke bottles to figure out how to burn paper and turned that curiosity into the first mobile phone for Motorola. Of course he made the first cellphone call on it, too. And yes, he says it was inspired by Star Trek's Communicator.

The first handheld mobile cellphone and the former Motorola vice president and division manager Martin Cooper (inventor)

The clank and clamour of metal garbage cans being moved to the curb was too much for Winnipegger Harry Wasylyk, who began experimenting with a newfangled material called polyethylene after the Second World War. His first plastic bags were made in his kitchen and supplied to the Winnipeg General Hospital. You may now know them as Glad-brand garbage bags.

The clank and clamour of metal garbage cans being moved to the curb was too much for Winnipegger Harry Wasylyk, who began experimenting with a newfangled material called polyethylene after the Second World War. His first plastic bags were made in his kitchen and supplied to the Winnipeg General Hospital. You may now know them as Glad-brand garbage bags.

Want to know what it's liked to be stabbed? Police officer Jeff Quail invented the Shocknife in 2005 to add an element of authenticity to law enforcement training, which he found didn't properly prepare officers for the real-life threat presented by knives, screwdrivers and other edged weapons.

Shock Knife (This is more of a training tool than a real weapon. It looks like a knife but carries an electrical charge like a taser. The electricity flows through the edge/form of the knife which is.

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