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Old 02-23-2010, 01:34 PM  
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I think it's time for another installment in our cultural exchange program I like to call "What's next Canada?"

So Canada, What's on the Horizon that's different from us Down her in the States?

How was Valentines Day? Does it exist in Canada?



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How was Valentines Day? Does it exist in Canada?
Well you know how they yell weens of the hollow? On Valentines Day they actually shoot real arrows at their valentine sweethearts. If you are out on the street on feb 14 you are fair game. Or maybe they hit you with a club...no thats seals I think...


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no, no wait i know this one...uhm..why is that seal holdin a club?

Some of the interesting holidays in January are Happy Mew Year for Cats Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Thomas Crapper Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day, and Penguin Awareness Day.

Dump Your Significant Jerk Day, Weather Person's Day, Be Electrific Day, and Ferris Wheel Day are some weird observances of February.

In the month of March come Pig Day, Panic Day, Unique Names Day, National Children's Crafts Day, and Act Happy Day.

Weird holidays in April include Sorry Charlie Day, Blame Someone Else Day, Pecan Day, and Tweed Day.

Save the Rhino Day, Paranormal Day, and Kite Day are some of the weird holidays celebrated in the month of May.

Hug Your Cat Day, and Take Your Dog to Work Day come in June.

Weird holidays of July are I Forgot Day, Canada Day, and Country Music Day.

Sister's Day, Happiness Happens Day, and Professional Speakers Day are some August daily observances.

Labor Day and International Literacy Day are some in September.

Devil's Night, Internet Day, and Mother-in-Law Day come in October.

Among the weird holidays celebrated in November are All Hallows or All Saints Day, National Family Literacy Day, and Sadie Hawkins Day.

Coats for Kids Day, Special Education Day, and National Dice Day fall in December.

Bonza Bottler Day is a kind of fun holiday, which happens every month when a day and month coincide.

Gaata get sum bubble wrap.....

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Well, Valentines Day is celebrated on February 14 here in Canada just as it is in the US. Ditto for Ground Hog day on February 2.

Here in Manitoba we had a civic holiday on Monday, February 15th, which is designated as Louis Riel Day. He was a Metis leader that tried to start a rebellion against the Canadian government back in the 1800's and was hung for treason. Now, he's celebrated as a great Metis leader who was eliminated just because he stood in the way of Confederation. Basically, he wanted the Government of Canada to set aside a separate province just for the native people in the new country of Canada that was being contemplated, and the leaders of the time didn't think that was such a good idea. So they hung him to shut him up.

But, as time changed people's minds, in 1971, to mark the 100th Anniversary of Manitoba becoming a part of Canada, the Government of Manitoba commissioned a statue of Louis Riel to be made by two Manitoba artists who happened to be metis themselves. Good thing, cuz the monstrosity they made had everyone thinking: "WTF?"

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They used their "artistic freedom" to depict Loius Riel's "tortured mind" by making is body distorted and contorted, and they made the statue anatomically correct, which also caused a bit of a stir:



And, so, shortly after the statue was unveiled, the Manitoba Government enhanced public enjoyment of the statue by adding a wind screen:



... so that you really can't see it except from a boat on the river.

In 1996 the Manitoba Government commissioned another statue of Louis Riel, but this time they told the artist what it was gonna look like, and we got this:



This time, the artist presumed that Louis Riel wore clothing.

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Devil's Night, Internet Day, and Mother-in-Law Day come in October.
TX, I think this one was set up specially for you
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Nestor: Amazing. In America nudity in public would have been frowned on to the point where it wouldn't have happened. That statue is just ugly though. Is Metis still a popular movement?


oldog: she's getting better he's getting worse. My misses i actually going to the big city Saturday while I sit at home and contemplate. I'm not sure what yet, but I will be in deep contemplation.

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My misses i actually going to the big city Saturday while I sit at home and contemplate. I'm not sure what yet, but I will be in deep contemplation.

...2 cups of coffee, 15 mins and the sports page usually ends the contemplation at my house.
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...2 cups of coffee, 15 mins and the sports page usually ends the contemplation at my house.

Six cups of Coffee and some Matte' usually help me. But then I think were not talking about the same thing.
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Nestor: Amazing. In America nudity in public would have been frowned on to the point where it wouldn't have happened.
Yeah. I, for one, can see the good sense in having Honest Abe depicted as being fully clothed while sitting in his chair in the Lincoln Memorial. I think if someone would use their artistic freedom to sculpt him in the buff, and make him anatomically correct to boot, there'd be a bit of a stir in Washington too. Somehow, that's just not the way Abe Lincoln should be remembered.

Word is that the artists that sculpted that original Louis Riel statue were wanting to show his virility by equipping him with a full erection, but they chickened out. Probably a good thing, too.

I think that whole "modern art" business is crap. If I can't understand what an artist is trying to tell me by looking at his sketch, picture, sculpture or whatever, then I'm probably not very interested in anything he has to say anyway. I think the ability to draw, paint or sculpt something so that it looks alive and realistic the way it would in reality is true art. That is, the ability to draw a flower that looks like a flower takes more talent than someone drawing "their impression of a flower", which may look nothing at all like a flower.
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Nestor, art is all about impressions..and your interest in what you are seeing,...It's all in the eye's of the beerholder.

I don't drink, so I can't stand art....unless it is beautiful.



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