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17 Adorable Facts About Manitoba

Welcome to the land of 1.5 million Slurpees sold.

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1. Manitobans consume the most Slurpees from 7-Eleven in the world. And they've held that title for 16 straight years.

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Winnipeg, specifically, has the largest amount of Slurpee consumers in the world, with an estimated total 1,500,000 Slurpees sold since the first 7-Eleven came to the province in 1970.

2. In fact, 7-Eleven erected a Slurpee statue in Winnipeg — now the biggest in the world. Congrats.

Extended: Record breaking 711-litre Slurpee made in Winnipeg http://t.co/MFfvrBWs0h

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6. Because most groundhogs are hibernating in Manitoba on February 2, the province has to use a puppet groundhog to predict how much winter they'll see.

Happy Groundhog (Groundfog) Day Winnipeg! Manitoba Merv didn't see his shadow. What does he know? He's just a puppet:

8. On one random day in 2012, customers at a Winnipeg Tim Hortons picked up the tab for the next customer 288 times in a row.

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It was not a coordinated stunt, but a random gesture of kindness that customers wanted to keep on a roll. Eventually, one guy decided not to pay for the customer behind him. Asshole. (Just kidding.)

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9. In 1874, a magistrate had to try himself for public drunkenness, so he charged himself five dollars and his closing statement — to himself — was "...taking into consideration past good behaviour, your fine is remitted."

12. Even though Sir John A. Macdonald doesn't have a fancy shmancy political city named after him (like Washington does in the States), Manitoba named a small rural municipality "Macdonald" as a wink to the first Prime Minister.

"Thanks, guys!" — John A. back then, taking what he could get.

13. "Honey dill," a sauce only available in Manitoba, was created from a mistake trying to steal and copy someone else's sauce. It's now become one of the most popular sauces.

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14. The town of Flin Flon was actually named after a sci-fi character. Oh, yeah, and it's where the Canadian government commissioned the largest weed farm.

The town has also dedicated a giant statue to the fictional character "Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin" it is named after. (The jolly man to the right.)

16. And in November of last year, a writer for ManitobaHot.com set polar bear footage to random songs, hidden in the depths of YouTube, with only a handful of views each. Please watch these overlooked pieces of art on the Internet.

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17. Truly.

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I realize this is not-so-much a "fact," but representative of the darling place we call Manitoba. The world needs to know.

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