1. Manitobans consume the most Slurpees from 7-Eleven in the world. And they’ve held that title for 16 straight years.
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.
4. They have the first-ever, and only, polar bear prison for naughty bears who walk saunter into town.
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.
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.
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.)
11. During the first royal visit to Manitoba in 1939, the king (George VI) and queen (Elizabeth) were met by Mr. King (Mackenzie King, the then-prime minister), and Mr. Queen (the then-mayor of Winnipeg). It was King and King, and Queen and Queen.
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.
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.
I realize this is not-so-much a “fact,” but representative of the darling place we call Manitoba. The world needs to know.