Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas
from About.com Money

Read the Fascinating Story of Inventor Elijah McCoy

Inventor, Elijah McCoy (May 2, 1844 – October 10, 1929) Was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer, notable for his 57 U.S. Patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. The popular expression, "The real McCoy", was first published in Canada in 1881, but the expression, "The Real McKay", can be traced to Scottish advertising in 1856. This expression, typically used to mean the real thing, has been associated with Elijah McCoy's oil-drip cup invention.

40
3

George Washington Carver changed lunchtime sandwiches forever when he invented peanut butter. Born a slave, Carver didn’t attend college until he was 30 years old, but he went on to create 400 new uses for peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes, and pecans

458
60
2

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves. During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

302
44
3

James Naismith - Basketball P.E. instructor James Naismith from Almonte, Canada got the idea to dribble a soccer ball down a court. The trick was to toss the ball into a peach basket. This was back in 1891 when he coached in Massachusetts. He would later write a rulebook for basketball. That’s a Canadian slam-dunk!

99
11

There are so many great quiet-time activities here. My preschooler loves them…

48
2

Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.[N 2]

12

This is a very cute idea for a biography project. This girl did her poster and report on Helen Keller. I think that this would be a great idea for doing an "All About Me" project as well.

35
1