I’m not lucky enough to report live from the floor of CES or that Mac Expo coming up next week, but I can report live from my couch after watching “Canada’s Greatest Invention” on CBC. As reported, this program would have a countdown of, well, the greatest inventions to stem from the Great White North, and wouldn’t you know it, the BlackBerry was in the running.
Our favoured device slid in at a solid 18th place out of 50 inventions, passing notables Pablum and Basketball. The program interviewed Canadian celebs regarding their opinion on each invention, and the BlackBerry had design personality Debbie Travis, NBA star Steve Nash, and the inventor of the ‘Berry, Mr. Mike Lazaridis weighing in.
Lazaridis started by saying, “We weren’t planning to get rich. We were having fun, we were problem solving.” While at a restaurant, a friend lamented to Debbie Travis that it looked as though the men were playing with themselves (oh my!) below the table (Travis corrected the misinformed by telling her they were playing with their ‘Berrys – good cover).
The Canadian Larry Bird, Steve Nash, said that he didn’t carry one, and another personality (I dropped my pencil and missed it – sorry) said that future babies would be born with BlackBerry pouches, just like Kangaroos. The segment ended with Travis praising the device, saying it was just a great idea, she’s glad a Canadian thought of it first.
What beat the BlackBerry? Well, number 17 was a ski-doo. Are you kidding me? …And what?! The Bloody Caesar at 13? Come on. I’d put the BlackBerry over that shod any day. Insulin ended up at the number one spot.