While you’ve been studying the mating habits of Northern terns for the past two years, we’ve been compiling the craziest, kookiest, funniest, oddest stuff about Canada for this collection. This one-of-a-kind book is sure to capture the hearts andMoreWhile you’ve been studying the mating habits of Northern terns for the past two years, we’ve been compiling the craziest, kookiest, funniest, oddest stuff about Canada for this collection.
This one-of-a-kind book is sure to capture the hearts and minds of thousands of curious Canadians, kooks and weirdos just like you. Crazy Canadian jokes. Jaw-Dropping Canadian records. Celebrities you never realized were Canadians! Great entertainers! Singers! The world’s favorite musicians! Bodacious bands! Famous Canadian Female Firsts! All Canadian—and you probably never knew it! Really! Plus hilarious historical hiccups. Preposterous Canadian culture! Loopy Canadian laws.
Big-wig bloopers. Political pratfalls! To tell you the truth, there are goodies in this glad-bag that we never even dreamed of in our wildest imaginings and now wonder how we ever got by without knowing about them. Like this strange-but-true historical moment....We dont know if you‘re ready for this or not, but in Canada if you kill a horse, youre guilty of killing a bird.
And no less an authority than the Supreme Court of Canada has decided it’s so. It all began in Queens Park, Toronto, in the shadows of the seat of 0ntario‘s government. An Indian, Fred Ojibway, was riding his horse and using a feather pillow as a saddle because he was too poor to afford a real one. But, alas, Freds horse broke a foreleg and, as is the custom amongst Indian people, he shot the animal to relieve the animal its misery. This, in turn led to his arrest.
Fred was taken to court and charged with, of all things, violating the Small Birds Act.Since he had killed a horse, the law seemed not to apply. Thus he was later acquitted, and that should have been the end of a rather absurd moment in Canadian legal history. But it wasnt to be. The prosecution appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court claiming that the Small Birds Act defines a bird as an animal covered with feathers, and with the minimum of two legs. Poor Fred. The Supreme Court agreed — and found him guilty. He was fined $250.
Since then, the precedent has been set, and anyone who kills a horse in Canada can presumably be arrested for killing a bird. Especially if the horse has a feather pillow for a saddle!