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anonymous  September 28, 2007 8:14 AM

Q: Kelowna is home to a sea monster that is also known by the Salish name N'ha·a·itk, or Naitaka. What is its palindromic English name?

A: Ogopogo

1The charming, somewhat comical statue of the large creature believed to be roaming the depths of Okanagan Lake is a far cry from the frightening beast described by the Interior Salish Native people more than 100 years ago. They would exchange mysterious stories about the monster they named N'ha-a-itk. The Native people, who depended heavily on the lake for many of the necessities of life, would scan the waters carefully for the 'Devil of the Lake' before setting out on their expeditions. 2The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has the following information for those interested in the Ogopogo: "Before the white man came to the Okanagan Valley, the Indians knew of the lake monster which they called N'ha-a-itk. This monster lived in a cave close to Kelowna at a place called Squally Point.


1.  VTours
2.  TrueAuthority

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anonymous  September 26, 2007 7:05 AM

Q: Recently the 8th International Mobile Throwing World Championships were held in Savonlinna, Finland. Although she didn't win first place in the Women's Individual Original category, this Canadian did place fourth with a throw of 38.04 meters. Who is she?

A: Vicky Särkijärvi

The 8th international Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships took place in Savonlinna on Saturday the 25th of August 2007. 

SOURCE:  Savonlinna Festivals

(Note: There isn't any other information available for this. Sorry.)

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anonymous  September 25, 2007 4:51 AM

Q: The first 'Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest' was recently held in Memphis. Of the four Canadians in the two dozen preliminary contestants, only one made the top ten. What is his name?

A: Jay Zanier

Each year, fans queue for a candlelight vigil at [Elvis Presley's] former home Graceland and partake in a solemn procession past the singer's grave in a small garden on the sprawling estate. Jay Zanier of Guelph, Ont., is among the top 10 finalists vying for the 2007 title.

SOURCE:  CBC Arts/Music

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anonymous  September 24, 2007 10:35 AM

Q: Matthew Webb, a British Channel swimmer, met his match when he tried to swim across the river below Niagara Falls on July 24, 1883. What is the name of the river?

A: Niagara River

Captain Matthew Webb (19 January 1848 – 24 July 1883) was born at Dawley in Shropshire, one of 12 children of a Coalbrookdale doctor.

At 4.25pm on 24 July 1883 he jumped into the river from a small boat and began his swim. Within 10 minutes he had become caught in the current and was dragged under by a whirlpool. His body was found four days later and buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia (read the whole article)

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anonymous  September 21, 2007 10:53 AM

Q: The city boasting this landmark can also boast being the landscape double for the moon in which James Bond film?

A: Moonraker

Moonraker, released in 1979 is the eleventh film in the James Bond series and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. Set completely in England, it follows Bond's mission to stop an industrialist Hugo Drax from destroying London with a nuclear weapon.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia

(NOTE: I'm not sure why this question was listed in Quirky Canada, as the locations are in England and the U.S. )

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anonymous  September 20, 2007 7:06 AM

Q: All but one of canada's deceased prime ministers is buried in Canada. Who is buried in Surrey, England?

A: Richard Bedford Bennet (R.B. Bennett)

R.B. Bennett was born born on July 3, 1870 in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick. He became prime minister of Canada in 1930. A bachelor lawyer from New Brunswick who had prospered in Alberta, Bennett was elected to the House of Commons in 1911 and became Conservative leader in 1927. Bennett died at Mickleham, England, in 1947 and was buried in the village churchyard there. He is the only Canadian prime minister not buried in Canada.

SOURCE: Gov't of Canada

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anonymous  September 19, 2007 8:30 AM

Q: This Canadian author was monitored by the RCMP for suspected communist sympathies because he attended anti-apartheid rallies. Who is he?

A: Pierre Berton

RCMP spies kept secret files on hundreds of Canadian politicians and bureaucrats as part of a project called the "VIP Program." By the late 1970's the now-defunt RCMP Security Service had compiled 668 files; security files were created on 800,000 Canadians suspected of ties with Communist organizations and other interests considered "subversive." In 1984, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) joined the RCMP in spying. Pierre Berton had files opened on him, or reports were added to existing files, following every public appearance he made that aroused suspicion - appearances such as the anti-apartheid rallies in South Africa.


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anonymous  September 18, 2007 7:45 AM

Q: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland, best known as Jack Bauer on 24, also has a recording studio and record label. What is the label's name?

A: Ironworks

Ironworks is a small independent record label created and owned by the star of the Fox TV hit series 24, Kiefer Sutherland, and his long time friend and fellow musician, Jude Cole. Ironworks Studio is housed in a historic ironworks foundry in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles; a bohemian suburb that attracts young, artistic hopefuls from all over the world.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia

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anonymous  September 17, 2007 7:29 AM

Q: This iconic Canadian author had a typeset designed as a tribute to him. What is his name, and consequently the font name?

A: Mordecai Richler

1Mordecai Richler, CC (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian author, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and essayist. 2The font was jointly commissioned by The Giller Prize and Random House ofCanada in consultation with the Richler family. The tribute is unique. Never before has a font been commissioned by a Canadian cultural institution from a Canadian designer in honour of a Canadian and while several fonts bear the names of famous books or authors, those associations were made post-facto. Commissioning a font as a tribute to a contemporary writer is unprecedented in recorded type history.

SOURCES: 1Wikipedia,

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anonymous  September 16, 2007 9:37 AM

Q: Trolley buses still operate in Vancouver and Edmonton. Which city has been considering phasing them out?

A: Edmonton

Edmonton's trolleybuses will be around for a while longer, at least until 2008. In a 8-5 vote on July 27, 2004, City Council decided to keep the trolley buses in service.

SOURCE:  Edmonton Transit System

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anonymous  September 15, 2007 7:24 AM

Q: Winnipeg's last streetcar rolled off the line in 1955. Before it turned to electric power it was horse powered. What was the name of the streetcar company?

A: Winnipeg Street Railway Company

In 1882, WINNIPEG STREET RAILWAY COMPANY was incorporated May 27 under the management of Mr. Albert W. Austin who obtained a charter from the City of Winnipeg to operate horse-drawn streetcars on Main Street. The City granted Austin’s company the rights to construct and operate street railways in the City, as well as in the parishes of St. Boniface, St. John’s, St. James, and Kildonan. The first horse-drawn streetcar went into operation October 21. Albert Austin was a son of James Austin, founder of the Dominion Bank. Young Albert had expansive dreams. Two things above all, he wanted to do.

First: He wanted to move the city to the shores of Lake Winnipeg, where the water was clean and fresh; not like the disease laden water of the Red and Assiniboine, which was delivered in tank carts to the people.

Second: He wanted to run street cars along Main Street.


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anonymous  September 14, 2007 7:51 AM

Q: Quesnel, B.C., known as Gold Pan City, is also known as the capital of the world of what material?

A: plywood

Quesnel is located along the gold mining trail known as the Cariboo Wagon Road and was the commercial centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush. The name ultimately derives from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean. It also marks one end of the Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail. Quesnel runs on its forestry industry. Home to 8 different factories, including a medium density fiber plant, plywood plant and two pulp mills, it produces enough income to support more than 27,000 citizens. Quesnel is home to the head office of West Fraser Timber, the second largest lumber producer in North America.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia

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anonymous  September 13, 2007 6:28 AM

Q: This Canadian director has built his reputation through a variety of mediums. He is currently on the Canadian Opera Company's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Who is he?

A: Atom Egoyan

1Atom Egoyan (born July 19, 1960) is a critically acclaimed Canadian filmmaker of Armenian descent. Egoyan was born to Joseph and Shushan Yeghoyan in Cairo, Egypt and was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As a teenager, he became interested in reading and writing plays. Significant influences included Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. 2Egoyan is now based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife, Arsinee Khanjian, an actress who appears in many of Egoyan's films, and their son, Arshile. In 1999, Egoyan was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Egoyan has directed a dozen full-length films, several television episodes, and a few shorter pieces.


1.  Armeniapedia
2.  Wikipedia

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anonymous  September 12, 2007 7:28 AM

Q: The Third Gross National Happiness [GNH] Conference will be held in Thailand in November. The Second GNH Conference, held in 2005, was hosted in which Canadian city?

A: Antigonish, Nova Scotia

The conferenece was held at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Proclaimed by Bhutan’s king in 1972 as a standard for the country’s well-being, Gross National Happiness (GNH) has been proposed as a model for other countries as well. A conference last year in Nova Scotia drew participants from as far away as South America, Africa, Iceland, and India.

SOURCE:  Rethinking Development

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anonymous  September 11, 2007 5:59 AM

Q: Started in St. Ann's church basement, in P.E.I., as a potluck fundraiser, this event now serves more than 25,000 a season. What is it?

A: Lobster Supper

The first lobster supper was a potluck dinner held in 1958 when St. Ann's church required renovations. Now, the church serves up its lobster fare to hungry travellers and locals who claim that it's the best cooking this side of Paris.


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anonymous Kandahar, Afghanistan September 10, 2007 6:48 AM

Q: Canadians in Kandahar have a little bit of home. Which international fast food chain has a restaurant there?

A: Tim Horton's

Tim Hortons has gained enormous popularity among members of the Canadian military, with outlets being located on or near many Canadian Forces Bases. Bowing to the request of Canadian servicemen and women, and a personal request relayed by Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, TDL Group announced in March 2006 its commitment to open a franchised location at the Canadian Forces operations base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The opening of the new Kandahar location in a 40 foot trailer on the military base was welcomed by Canadian troops on June 29, 2006.

Wikipedia:  Tim Horton's
(subheading: Tim Horton's and the Canadian Military)

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anonymous  September 07, 2007 9:05 AM

Q: The town of Berwick grew because of its apple growing capabilities. Although it no longer relies on apples for its economy, it is still recognised as the Apple Capital. Of which province?

A: Nova Scotia

Berwick (2006 population: 2,454) is a Canadian town in Kings County, Nova Scotia.

The town is located in the eastern part of the Annapolis Valley on the Cornwallis River.

Berwick's official nickname is the “Apple Capital of Nova Scotia" because apples were a major economic force in developing the town. Since the 1950s, area farmers have since diversified to other crops and livestock, although a large apple sculpture is found in the centre of town to commemorate the importance of this historic industry.

Wikipedia, Town of Berwick

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anonymous Quirky Canada September 07, 2007 8:59 AM

A local radio station has a rewards program in place where you can win stuff. They have a bunch of categories where you answer the questions and get x number of points for the right answer. One of the categories currently running is called "Quirky Canada" and I thought it would be really cool to bring that here. What follows are the questions asked, the answers, and the information source. this will be updated each day, for as long as this category is available. Enjoy - and feel free to contribute!

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