Friday, 14 April 2017

L is for Lacrosse and Lightbulbs

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, my theme for the 2017 Blogging From A to Z Challenge, is CANADA. 

Join me throughout April (every day except Sundays) to learn more about the inventions, the people, and the cultures that make up one of the greatest countries in the world!

Lacrosse and…Lightbulbs? Yup!

One of the saddest days I can remember happened a couple years back, when the Edmonton Rush lacrosse team moved to Saskatchewan. Dad and I attended those games, watching the black and silver jerseys sprint across the arena, whipping a ball into a net as loud music riled up the crowd. So much fun!

Lacrosse, as you may have guessed, is a true Canadian sport, invented by French explorers in Montreal back in 1867. The ball and stick game first called baggataway, later became “la crosse” for the stick’s resemblance to a bishop’s crosier. Obviously, the sport has evolved over time, and is now played all over the world—but in 1994, it was declared the national summer sport of Canada. (You remember what our winter sport is, right? Go Oilers!)

I really miss going to those lacrosse games. Maybe as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration, Dad and I can take a road trip to Saskatchewan to see some of our old favourite players score. Now that’s an idea, isn’t it?! 

Speaking of ideas, I bet you didn’t know that a Canadian invented the light bulb. I know what you’re thinking—Thomas Edison wasn’t Canadian. But Edison is one of 24 people credited with having invented the incandescent light bulb. Henry Woodward—a Canadian—invented the electric light bulb in 1874, and then sold the patent to Edison, who refined the design and made it commercially viable. Crazy how Edison gets all the credit, huh?

I’m helping out with Easter this year, so I’ve gotta jet—but don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for a big letter “M” post with some important inventions, at least one of which will be part of my Sunday dinner!

~ Chase Superman Duffy 

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