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A Mother of An Invention


There's an interesting background story to a recent Canadian invention.  An apparently tasty one at that.  But before we get to that, let's pause and review some of the things invented by Canadians.

**Oh, Canada plays softly in the background**

Canola Oil - mainly used for cooking, although orgy participants have found another use for it.

The Walkie-Talkie - the precursor to the fast food drive-thru order placement thingy.

Standard Time - but we didn't invent daylight savings time.  You can blame a New Zealand dude by the name of George Vernon Hudson for that dim move.

The telephone - it's what we used before texting.

The hydrofoil boat - oh boy, just what we need: a boat that can fly.

The snowmobile - hey. we gotta have some fun up here.

The snow blower - makes sense, and accounts for fewer heart attacks shovelling snow.

SONAR - it was invented by Reginald Fessenden.  Hey, at one point in my life I lived on Fessenden Street.  And every time I gave my address I had to spell it!

Ice Hockey - puck off, we did.

Table hockey - but of course, it's what we play when the ice melts up here.

Basketball - funny how a Canadian invented the game but so few Canadians play in the NBA.

Look up, look way up - IMAX

Peanut Butter - see canola above

Pablum - see peanut butter

Easy-Off Oven Cleaner - usually requires 3 or more applications.

Now this list is by no means complete.

And I haven't even mentioned what is perhaps our most famous invention - and best known - the Canadarm.  Yeah, that thing on the space shuttle with the Canadian flag on it.  It stands on guard for thee, America.


Well, did you know Canada invented something else to aid in space exploration?  Canadians have only just learned the details behind an out of this world taste sensation.  It took 2-3 months of research and development and cost over $400,000 - to develop -wait for it - a space cookie. Yep, you heard me right, a crumby (pun intended) cookie.

This mother of an invention, originally called the CANookie (boy we CANadians are a clever lot) Canasnacks (oh, yeah, like that's so much better) made it's way skyward in the pocket of now retired Canadian astronaut Dave Williams in 2007.

Canada was to have developed an entire space menu for astronauts - take that Tang - but the idea was canned, or CANned, in favour of just the cookie.

Now this is how you make a cookie.  Apparently over 37 suppliers were involved in the cookie's development and more than 100 combinations of ingredients were tested and evaluated.  I wonder if they called in the MLE folks?

One of the devlopers' biggest concerns appears to have been how to apply a Maple Leaf logo on top of the cookie.

MMMM...looks so appetizing, in child proof wrapping, too.

The endeavour was highly labour intensive because some space cookie cadet decided each 5th cookie would have a red maple leaf, requiring the colouring to be applied by hand.

Astronauts won't be taking these Canasnacks into space anymore.  The space program has been cancelled.

And you won't be seeing them on store shelves soon.  The government can't find an interested supplier.

Hmmm...  Your Canadian tax dollars at work.


This post originally appeared at Sound Off To America

Comments

00dozo said…
You CAN't get any punnier than that.
;-)
nonamedufus said…
00dozo: You know it's a good thing they did away with the CANookie name. After all there's a ban on sex at the space station. If anything astronauts CAN't nookie.
Quirkyloon said…
Canada has astronauts?

Whoda thunk it?

hee hee hee

Canookie, Canookie, Canookie starts with C!
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: Astronauts? Yeah! Hell, some of our politicians are pretty spaced out.

Seriously, Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut and former head of Canada's Space Agency is now a member of Parliament.
Don said…
If Messicans had invented Taco Bell, I would have gladly credited them with something useful. I can't think of one meaningful invention that has come from our "friends" south of the border. Thank God for Canada!
nonamedufus said…
Don: Yay *salutes, hugs beaver, wipes away tear and waves flag*

What about Corona?
K A B L O O E Y said…
Well, IMAX is pretty cool. And I do like me some tasty peanut butter. Wait; George Washington Carver was Canadian?
nonamedufus said…
KABLOOEY: The first patent for peanut butter as it is known today was apparently issued in 1884 to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Isn't that just jiffy?
RA said…
But we Finns invented the ice skates (some 8000 years ago!), so there! Where would your hockey be without them, eh?
nonamedufus said…
RA: OK, I'll give you ice-skates. Chalk one up for the Finns. Where would we be without them? Ever hear of another Canadian invention called broomball - played on ice without skates?
Jen said…
I had to Google the telephone and you know what? You're right!
nonamedufus said…
Jen: Would I lie to you? Hello? Hello?
CatLadyLarew said…
Oh, Canada! I'm so proud of you CANookies!
nonamedufus said…
CL: Could have been worse. We could have invented a pasta and called it CANoodle.
Candadians invented a lot of things, but not peanut butter. That was George Washington Carver, the great African-American inventor. I learned that in grade school. Stop trying to take over our country.

Those cookies look good.

Almost all cookies look good.
nonamedufus said…
Mike: The invention of peanut butter is in dispute. In 1884, Canadian Edson was awarded a patent. In 1897, American Kellogg (yes that Kellogg) obtained a patent. And, in 1903 Washington Carver began his PB research.

Of course if you really want to be sticky about it, the Aztecs were eating peanut butter hundreds of years ago and Africans have been grinding peanuts since the 15th century.

Now, who first came up with chocolate, peanut butter cups?

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