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10 Things You Should Know About Toronto

Canadians love to hate on Toronto for being the center of its own universe. Here are 10 interesting facts about that universe.

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Toronto's reputation for being self-centered is a self-perpetuating beast.

After all, in a recent Toronto Sun poll, Toronto was the top choice if a city had to be blown off the map, while 43% said they would trade Quebec for Hawaii.

But here are a few things that may (or may not) change that image.


Our first mayor, William Lyon MacKenzie, led a rebellion and came back from the dead on Twitter as @rebelmayor.


Until the advent of sand blasting in the 1960s, almost every building in Toronto was the color of coal soot.


Toronto's beloved Honest Ed's is the supermarket equivalent of a black hole.


The land on which Toronto was built was purchased from the Mississauga First Nation band for a few hundred British pounds, 2000 gun flints, two dozen each of kettles and hats, all the hand mirrors they could carry and 100 gallons of excellent navy rum.


The city is renowned for its architecture.


We have a restaurant called Smoke's dedicated to poutine (i.e. gravy, fries and cheese curds).


Every fall, downtown is taken over by Nuit Blanche, an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.


Toronto's PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with four million square feet of retail space.


About a week before Halloween, the annual Toronto Zombie Walk attracts thousands.


Toronto has the only city hall that ever appeared in Star Trek.

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