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The Sweetest Heist of All Time: The Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

The United States have the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. China has the Strategic Pork Reserve. And Canada? Apparently it has its own strategic maple syrup reserve and it’s [...]

Bank of Canada Redesigned Banknote Because It Was "Too Asian"

The Bank of Canada’s new $100 banknote design included a picture of a woman using a microscope and a bottle of insulin to celebrate Canadian’s medical innovation. Focus groups engaged by the bank to critique the initial [...]

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 [...]

Happy Canada Day! What is Canada Day?

Happy Canada Day! On this date in 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially [...]

Store Clerk Spanks Robber

(Video Link) Two would-be robbers in Gatineau, Quebec experienced a major victim selection failure last Tuesday. They walked into Zhen Yang’s convenience store, pointed knives at him and demanded money. Yang fought back. First, he sprayed them with bear repellent. One took off running while he grappled with the other. Yang spanked the intruder’s bare bottom [...]

Collision Course: A Brief Guide to Earth’s Most Interesting Impact Craters

A Norwegian family arrived at their cabin to open it up for the spring and found a surprise: a large rock had smashed through the roof. It was identified as a 1.3 pound breccia meteorite. It didn’t hurt anybody, and its sale price should easily cover the damage to the roof; meteorites are valuable to [...]

Court Case Could Force Quebecois to be Married Against Their Will

In Quebec, where over a million people are unmarried but cohabiting, such couples are recognized as “de facto spouses,” but the law put them under no obligation to each other if they break up. However, a “palimony” case involving an unnamed billionaire and his de facto spouse of ten years could end that. The couple [...]

12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes

Want to contribute to a worthy cause and get your favorite celebrity to do something awesome and/or ridiculous? That’s the idea behind Charity Bribes. Anyone can post something awesome or bizarre for a specific celebrity to do. These ideas go on a master list, where the good people of the Internet vote for their favorites. [...]

5 Reasons to Feel Uneasy About Canada

Maple Leaf image via Shutterstock I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been complimented on the safe, peaceful oasis that is my homeland. I’ve been petted and cooed at in public; laughed at by airport security when my passport was presented; had my socks pilfered during a routine mugging in Baltimore after a red and [...]

The Fearless Wonders

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. How Mohawk “skywalkers” came to build New York’s skyscrapers. THE FEARLESS WONDERS St. Lawrence Bridge 1886 In 1886 the Dominion Bridge Company (DBC) of Canada was hired to build a cantilever railroad bridge across the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The north end of the bridge lay [...]