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The CNE Midway, Freaky and Fabulous!

It’s been about a hundred years since the days of the pictures below, and it occurred to me that while people once flocked to the Midway to see Freaks and Curiosities, people now flock there to eat deep-fried butter and snickers bars, the Freak-Foods of the modern age. Having said that, it also seems strange that people would pay money to see obese people. Today, one would simply need to look through the crowds at the CNE, at the games, in the deep-fried line-ups to see many people just as large as the stars of Johnny J. Jones’ Congress of Fat People. Perhaps as a public service, the CNE should bring back the Sideshow.

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CCT0005 CNE, Toronto c1913. Johnny J. Jones presents the Congress of Fat People (above) at the Midway. The “Congress” cast (below) featuring Big Boss Henry, Little Emma, and Baby Louis.

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The Canadian Flag turns 50! Here’s one way to celebrate!

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Today, our beloved Canadian flag turns 50 years old. It’s modern design and simple colour scheme draws a sense of adoration from the global community, as a symbol of peacefulness and politeness (I might self-righteously say). So how should be celebrate that notable birthday?

  • Maybe you could just stare lovingly at the red and white and thank it for health-care, peace-keeping and the Underground Railroad.
  • Maybe you could thank it for the invention of Basketball (Thanks Mr. James Naismith) and Hockey (you heard me!)
  • Maybe you could watch a Rachel McAdams movie while listening to “Rude” by Magic (’cause it’s just so elfin’ good!)
  • You could practice drawing it.
  • Maybe you can read a Roberson Davies or Margaret Atwood book.
  • Maybe some of you still recovering from a night of romance and debauchery from Valentines Day might want to wrap yourselves in a flag while watching some Battlestar Galactica on DVD…

…Or, maybe you could take a note from one of our fearless leaders, who celebrated this way back in 1996…

CCT0118 - Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L'ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.
CCT0118 – Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien moves an anti-poverty protester out of his way in Hull, Quebec on Feb. 15, 1996. The Prime Minister’s chokehold became known as the Shawinigan Handshake after his home town. / L’ancien premier ministre Jean Chrétien déplace un protestataire combattant la pauvreté hors de sa voie dans la coque, Québec le 15 février 1996. Le chokehold du premier ministre est devenu notoire comme prise de contact de Shawinigan après sa ville natale.

Ah, good times, eh?!

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Rob Ford Enjoying his Leave of Absence

Police broke up a crazy party at a large mansion in the midst of construction in Brampton on the night of May 2. While the son of the owner had been allowed to have a party, his parents could never have imagined that 1,500 to 2,000 people would show up, causing a reported $70,000 in damages. More controversial was that amongst the guests, a certain politician, had popped in while on a leave of absence. It wasn’t until today that Canadian Culture Thing acquired this cell-phone imager still from the riotous party.

While Mr. Ford does not recollect being at the party, he also reassured us that if he had, it was only because he was on “one of his drunken stupors” and therefore it was “no big deal”.

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Toronto’s Subway Celebrates it’s 60th Birthday Today!

60 years ago today, Toronto launched it’s subway system with the first train pulling out of Davisville Station moving southbound on the Yonge Street line. The stations in the line at the time were: Eglington, Davisville, St. Clair, Summerhill, Rosedale, Bloor, Wellesley, College, Dundas, Queen, King and Union.

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