18 Mind Blowing Facts About Montreal You Never Could Have Known
We basically had Google before it was even a thing.
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Throughout Montreal's long history, a lot has occurred in the city. Too much for you, or us, to really track. But not for Propos Montreal, who has released yet another in installment of their ongoing series "Facts About Montreal."
The sixth edition of the trivia-tastic series of articles, some of these are so surprising you will actually question if they're true or not. Propos Montreal assures us they are, and we trust 'em, so read on and use these informative tidbits the next time you want to impress some peeps at a party. Check out the original post here.
1. Before there was Google
The first online search engine (and ancestor of Google) was called "Archie," invented by Alan Emtage, J. Peter Deutsch from McGill, and Bill Heelan, a student at Concordia.
2. Mario in Montreal
Nintendo launched an educational title in 1992. In the NES version of the game "Mario is Missing," Luigi has to find Mario and passes by Montreal, where he visits the Stadium, the Oratory, and Mont-Royal.
3. Ring 'dem bells
The west tower of the Notre-Dame Basilica is called "La Persévérance" and hides a 11, 684.5 Kg bourdon bell called Jean-Baptiste. The eastern tower is called "Temperance" and is home to a 10 bells carillon.
4. Lassie can't compare
The dog statue, which is right by the Raphaël Lambert Closse statue is called "Pilote" and helped save Ville-Marie from the Iroquois on March 30th, 1644.
5. Classic Mulligan
A "mulligan" in golf lingo is when a player gets a second chance to hit the ball. It was coined in honour of David Mulligan during the 1920s. After a long and stressfull drive across the Victoria bridge to get to the Montreal Country Club golf course, his buddies gave him a second chance to hit his tee off when his initial drive was out shittier than usual. The term is still used today.
6. The Oscar of fireworks
The La Ronde fireworks competition is one of the most important one in the world. The competition has won the "Golden Jupiter" which is like winning an Oscar or a Grammy.
7. He who first blew
Outremont was the first city in the world to use Arthur Sicard's invention during the 1927 winter, the snow blower.
8. Legends are made
From 1909 to 1996, for 87 consecutive season, the Canadiens had a future hall of famer in their team roster.
9. Poor man's pudding
The pudding "Chômeur" was created by Georgette Falardeau, the second wife of Mayor Camilien Houde. The dessert was created in their home situated at 4455 St-Hubert Avenue during the great depression of 1929.
10. Ownership changes
From 1665 to 1818, Saint-Hélène Island actually belonged to Longueuil.
11. Not quite warp speed
The top speed for the metro, old and new one, is 72.5 km/h
12. Juniors are still good too
The Montreal Junior Canadiens was a Junior league hockey team that played in the Ontario league from 1961 to 1972. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League wasn't created until 1969.
13. Disney and rotisserie
The St-Hubert BBQ logo was created by Jack Dunham, ex-cartoonist for Disney during the 30s and the 40s. Dunham worked on such classics as Fantasia and Snow White.
14. Know your alphabet
Everyone knows that YUL is the Dorval airport, and most know that Mirabel's calling letters are YMX. But there is very little people that know that YMQ are the call letters for the greater Montreal area.
15. Which way does the runway run?
At the airport, runways 06R/24L and 10/28 are situated in Dorval, while runway 06L/24R is in St-Laurent.
16. Oh so noble
Montreal has 2 noble hereditary titles, one of them is Baron of Shaughnessy, and the current title holder is actor Charles Shaughnessy, better known for his roles in the soap opera "Days of our lives" and the role of Maxwell Sheffield in the sitcom "The Nanny."
17. Quarters on Quarters
Born in Montreal in 1680, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne founded the city of New Orleans in 1718, so the French Quarters should in fact be called the "Montreal Quarters."
18. The last of them
On March 11th, 1960, 36 years old Ernest Côté was the last prisoner to die from the the death penalty in Montreal and Quebec. He was executed at the Bordeaux prison for the murder of Alxander Herron.