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How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

Man Throws 4,800 Bottles with Messages out to Sea, Gets 3,100 Replies

Harold Hackett of Prince Edward Island, Canada, does what the BBC calls “old-school social networking.” Since 1996, he’s tossed 4,800 bottles into the sea. The currents have carried some of them to Europe, Africa, the United States, and Caribbean islands. He knows this because he’s received more than 3,100 letters from people, many of whom [...]

Rare Electric-Blue Lobster

Only one in four million lobsters is blue, a genetic mutation in coloring that makes for an interesting-looking creature. This blue lobster was caught Wednesday off the shores of Prince Edward Island, the only one since 2009. Blair Doucette, the fisherman who nabbed the beauty, says he has never caught a blue lobster in his [...]

Dietribes: Potatoes

• A root vegetable, potatoes were at one time seen as sinister beings, hiding in the soil away from God’s light. The potatoes’ appearance (which in the Middle Ages came in many colors, such as “deathly white,”) was bulbous and twisted, evoking a leper’s hand. Thus, the potato was thought to have some connection to leprosy, [...]

All About Anne (of Green Gables)

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maude Montgomery’s first book about Anne, the redheaded orphan of Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and her misadventures. But this year, Anne fans are in for a treat. This week, the Anne of Green Gables canon (the Anne-on?) is expanding: Publisher Penguin [...]