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Fake Facts: What No One Tells You about CN Tower

Name a few memorable landmarks in Canada. Along with the Rockies, Niagara Falls, and that awesome potato out in Maugerville, you certainly thought of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario — a building that earned global fame on April 2, 1975, when it became the planet’s tallest structure. You’ve had 40 years to the day to learn about… Read more »

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Fake Facts: St. Patrick’s Day

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish — meaning Costco has tighter control of its membership than the Emerald Isle does. If you’re claiming temporary refugee status on March 17, you should know at least a couple facts, right? Or nine. But five are false. Can you drive the fakes out of Ireland?

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Fake Facts: Beer

The Fredericton Craft Beer Festival pours some tall small ones tonight. We’ll be there to see how craft brewers from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia make beer classy. Want five facts about beer now? Only two are fake facts… Which ones will ale you?

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Fake Facts: Scuba Diving

I learned scuba diving in Boracay, Philippines. The coral looked all bleached out and covered in nasty sea urchins, but I did enjoy seeing the massive lapu-lapu (grouper) that looked hungry for my buddy, Mandeep. Recently I read/heard Greg Hemmings‘ mention of scuba and it reminded me of the facts below. Well, three of them. One is a fake fact. Dive in.

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Fake Facts: New Brunswick Flag Flies for 50

New Brunswick’s provincial flag hits a half-century today. Light up 50 candles! Just… keep them away from the fabric. Here are six facts about our flag. Except three of them are fake facts. How much do you know about NB’s flag?

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Fake Facts: Happy 230th Birthday, Fredericton!

Fredericton turns 230 years young today (February 22, 2015). Here are six facts about the City of Stately Elms. However, two aren’t true. Well, what do you know?

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Fake Facts: The Plots of David Adams Richards

Mr. David Adams Richards promotes a new play at the Fredericton Public Library tonight (Feb 19). His acclaimed novels, usually set in small towns, feature large emotions, family ties tethers, and people working through life alone together. Here are plots to four of his books. Except only three are his. That means one is not. Do you know? It’s a quiz of short duration.

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Fake Facts: Fredericton City Hall

When Fredericton turns 230 on February 22, where would you send its birthday card? Right: City Hall. (Pretty weird of you to mail a city a card, though.) Here are six amazing facts about Fredericton’s City Hall. Also, three fake facts. Which is which?

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Fake Facts: Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

Despite humankind being an outlier in killing each other via wars, people didn’t automatically think to develop proper army nursing systems or rules for the battlefield wounded. We just kind of… left them out there. On February 17, in 1863, Jean Henri Dunant (you can call him Henry) founded the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded to resolve this… Read more »

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Fake Facts: March of the 104th

The time? 1813. The place? British North America. The topic? WAR… of 1812. On February 16, 1813, one of the greatest military marches in history happened in Canada. With the Americans planning an offensive in the spring, the British needed reinforcements. But the St. Lawrence ice prevented troop transport. So, New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot just hoofed… Read more »

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    Fake Facts: National Flag of Canada Turns 50

    Happy 50th birthday to the National Flag of Canada today. Huge undertaking to ratify the maple leaf. Took almost no effort to make up two fake facts, however. Just how much do you really know the National Flag of Canada?

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    Fake Facts: Happy (?) Valentine’s Day Outside North America

    There are a handful of countries that aren’t Canada or U.S.A. In these places, Valentine’s Day hearts might skip to a different beat. Four of these facts about other countries are real; one is a fake fact. You can figure this out through process of elimination (much like how you ended up with your Valentine partner). Happy (?) Valentine’s Day Outside… Read more »

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    Fake Facts: Shades of Grey

    The family comedy Fifty Shades of Grey hits theatres this weekend. Seems everyone is eager for movie’s shady parts. But what about the grey? How well do you know the Switzerland of the colour palette, anyway? Well enough to pick out the three fake facts? P.S. I’m in Canada so I need to stick with the g-r-e-y spelling (see #3).

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    Fake Facts: Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln joined Earth 206 years ago today (February 12). Do you know five facts about him? How about the three that are real here?

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    Fake Facts: Caramel Secrets

    What’s the difference between caramel and butterscotch? This came up at work while Anne was not sharing a gifted tin of Quality Street bonbons. Here are five truths about the wonder of caramel. However, two truths are not true. How well do you know caramel?

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    Fake Facts: Unique Sandwiches You Didn’t Know Existed

    My friend Lindsey gave me half of her restaurant sandwich the other day. Gesture: nice. Sandwich: terrible. Result: She owes me some fries. Here are six facts about sandwiches you can buy that are far more interesting than Derek’s ham-and-cheese you pinched from the staffroom fridge. But… two of these foods are fake. What’s a fact and what’s a fake fact?

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    Fake Facts: Katy Perry, Lion & Roarin’

    At Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry wowed us by both opening and closing the show for Missy Elliott. The “fruit sister” also rode upon a giant lion (or tiger) while singing the lyrics: “You’re gonna hear me roar / Louder, louder than a lion.” Do you think Simba’s crew is the best you can do for volume? Here are five facts about lions… Read more »

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    Fake Facts: Werner Horn, The Great War Saboteur

    A hundred years ago today, a German tried to blow our bridge away. Let me introduce to you Werner Horn. He added a bomb to a New Brunswick train bridge to help Germany win the Great War. (Spoiler: Didn’t help.) Here are six facts about that. Except one is totally not a fact. I just made it up…. Read more »

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    Why New Brunswick Loves to Elect PCs and Liberals

    It’s election day in New Brunswick. Any students studying law or political science in the province this term really luck out because, via candidate signs, the syllabus is literally on your front lawn. One aspect of this voting process that’s difficult for students to comprehend is: Why do the same two parties keep getting elected?… Read more »

  • Also possibly because "Tim Torkildson" is an anagram for Lord Oink Mitts.

    Fired for Homophones or Punished by Prefixes?

    Even though it’s not entirely accurate, media reports that it is true: ESL blogger Tim Torkildson got fired for writing about homophones. Why? Because his employer feared “homophones” sounded too cozy with “homosexuals.” To make sense of this senseless situation, let’s look at two things: (1)  The story’s root (or technically what comes before roots): prefixes. (2)  How learning prefixes… Read more »