Poutine

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In life there are many mysteries such as how do you store butter so it’s not too hard or soft? Why do we need 3 remotes for the TV and how do you get rid of ants? Another question that I have is how do newspapers pick what stories to run?

In yesterday’s Toronto Sunday Star there was a two page article on the “World Poutine Eating Championship”. For those new to the world of Poutine, it is a common Canadian dish, originating in Quebec, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds. The “winner” ate 14.75 lbs of the delicacy in 10 minutes. It’s too bad that a group of middle school students at Dublin Heights School who set a Guinness World Record in ball hockey didn’t get a mention. It just shows you the power of the potato.

Today was a travel day and I left Toronto at 5.30am heading to Montreal. I had a 12noon meeting with a group of McGill students at a McDonalds in the city. This was part of the 10,000 coffees initiative where experts talk to leaders of the future about their experiences in work and life. This was also the group that was organizing the 7th Guinness World Record on the “Canada Quest for Kids” road trip. They had had some bad news last week. They are attempting the most people in the “Love Clap”, a fun pat-a-cake game for kids, and thought the record they had to beat was 300. However Guinness informed them that the record was now 645 so they were scrambling around to get more people.

We had a good chat and they headed off determined to make up the numbers. I hope they can pull it all together for tomorrow. As the old saying goes “The proof of the Poutine is in the eating”.

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