Don’t put your eggs in one basket isn’t just a saying
Before the invention of the egg carton, eggs truly were carried in an egg basket which resulted in a percentage always breaking on the way to market. When Joseph Coyle, the publisher of the Interior News from Smithers, BC heard an argument between a hotelier and the deliveryman over the yolky mess, he devised a plan to reduce breakage. In 1911 he invented the cartons with individual pockets and set about crafting them by hand. The demand was so great for the “Coyle Cartons” that he swiftly created a machine and patented his idea in 1918. He quit working as a newsman and focused on his cartons. Unfortunately, many stole the idea and he didn’t amass the millions he deserved. But we can thank him for cracking the case.
Bear-proof bins invented in Lethbridge
Bears are brilliant and they are quick to take advantage of the stupidity of lazy humans. Why forage for berries when there’s leftover burgers in open-topped garbage cans? Haul-All of Lethbridge knew about the problem and decided to take action. Thirty years ago, they designed the first Bear-Tight containers that are now in over 250 national, provincial and state parks across Canada and the United States. That tricky handle that you have to push in to release the lid is simple yet stumps the brilliant bears and any other animals. Dr. Stephen Herrero, the leading authority on bear behaviour from the University of Calgary said of the Hyd-A-Way, “This single product has done more to save the lives of bears and people than any single thing I can think of.” Haul-All put a lid on that problem for good.