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Heritage Moments #4: Basketball and Match.com Coupons

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Fact: Canadians invented Basketball! This is a fun one, and it’s a great piece of trivia to stupefy any of your U.S. friends or loved ones. Seriously, if you ever do any cross-border dating, and I highly recommend it, this one will surprise and astound the date you met on Match.com or whatever dating service is trending with the kids these days. A Match.com Coupon Code For You? Just don’t tell them that, because you’re Canadian, you used a match.com coupon code. Why pay more money than you have to? Yes, the modern game of basketball came about because an older guy didn’t like climbing ladders. What I don’t understand is that the commercial doesn’t even show the idea of baskets with full holes in the bottom of them. We saw the ‘midway’ point, where they cut a tiny hole… Read the rest
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Priceline Coupons and William Shatner

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Welcome to our weekly feature of Canadian Heritage moments. This week we’re going to make an exception and create an ‘honorary’ Heritage Moment: William Shatner’s Priceline coupon commercials. Shatner is of course a Canadian treasure: he’s most famously known as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek. He’s also the face of Priceline.com, an online booking company that has famous commercials that showcase Shatner at his looney best. As a part of his agreement to do commercials for Priceline, Shatner agreed to take shares in his company as payment. It’s estimated that he’s earned $600 million from his Priceline partnership, according to the Telegraph. That article from the Telegraph was written back in 2010, when Priceline.com’s stock was worth roughly $200/share. Today? In 2017, the stock is worth around $1700/share. That’s a lot of money. He could buy the… Read the rest

The ‘Burnt Toast’ Canadian Heritage Moment

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Our Most Requested Heritage Moment: Have you ever smelled freshly-ground coffee beans and then found that no one was making coffee? What’s your first reaction? If you’re like most people, it’s ‘I’m having a seizure!’, or ‘I’m having a stroke!’. Pretty much every single Canadian knows exactly what you’re talking about when you say you smell ‘burnt toast’. It’s become short-hand for ‘I think I’m having a stroke’ in every day conversations with Canadians. You’re referring to this video about the famous surgeon Dr. Wilder Penfield. He was a famous neurosurgeon who developed a surgical treatment for epilepsy. At the time, no one was really sure why epileptic seizures occurred. Dr. Penfield was a really, really good guy. As in, the world definitely has less of these types of people, and could certainly use more. He went to Princeton… Read the rest
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Heritage Moments: Superman

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A Canadian Fought For The American Way? So…this guy’s Canadian? Is Superman Canadian? Well, no. But in these Canadian Heritage Moments, they highlight a cool part of Superman’s history that most people don’t know. First, the part that people know: Superman was co-created by two people: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They met in Cleveland, Ohio, and struck up a friendship fueled by their passions for writing stories and creating characters. Now, the Canadian part: Shuster was born in Canada. He and his family moved down to Cleveland when he was ten years old. So, before the idea of Superman was first sparked in their imaginations. As you can see in the video, they aged Shuster up in this video to look like a young adult that’s about to set off to start his career. He’s already sketched out the… Read the rest

Heritage Moments #2: Halifax Explosion

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Welcome back to our weekly series featuring Canadian Heritage Moments, which were commercials that ran on Canadian television in the 1990’s. A Heroic Self-Sacrifice. This one is actually quite sad and I’m glad that they created this commercial, as it highlights and important moment in Canadian history that most people in Canada weren’t aware of. For those who don’t know, the Halifax Explosion was the largest explosion in the world until the atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Essentially what happened was a large French cargo vessel carrying high explosives (the S.S. Mont-Blanc) collided with a Norweigan vessel, the SS IMO. The explosion killed 2,000 people and injured many more. But what this commercial highlights is how an act of self-sacrifice kept this body count from being much higher. Initially thinking it was just a fire on a… Read the rest

Canadian Heritage Minutes #1: Kanata

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Welcome to our series featuring Canada’s ‘Heritage Moments’, a series of commercials that aired on Canadian television in the 1990’s. We’ve decided to take a look at each one and the historical moment in Canadian history they depict. Kanata…Yes, the village. In this video we see Jaques Cartier and his explorers as they encounter the Iroquois as they venture up the St. Lawrence river. While the Iroquois are pointing out the route to their village, Stadacona (which later became the home of Quebec City), they mention the word “Kanata”, which means village. As you can see the whole commercial is built up like a dramatic encounter, with close-ups of the Iroquois as the flag-waving explorers (literally!) encounter them. It’s weird how so many nations’ English names are the result of mistranslations that somehow endured the test of time. The Japanese… Read the rest