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Candian patent No.1

In 1869, the Canadian patent No. 1 was issued to W. Hamilton. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the first Canadian patent, issued before the present number series, "was granted in 1791 by the Governor General in Council to Angus MacDonnel, a Scottish soldier garrisoned at Quebec City, and to Samuel Hopkins, a Vermonter, for processes to make potash and soap from wood ash." Hopkins also was granted the first U.S. patent by George Washington, dated 31 July 1790 for an improvement "in the making Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process."

April Fool's Day - Here are 5 pranks you can play on people

1. Conference call two people then don’t say anything, just listen.
2. Place a ‘house for sale’ ad in the newspaper for someone’s home.
3. Paint the tips of someone’s pen and pencil with clear nail polish so none of them work.
4. Hide a small radio in the ceiling tiles above someone’s desk and turn it on very softly.
5. Fill someone’s hair-dryer with baby powder.
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