Colossal Canadian Failures: A Short History of Things that Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, 2002 - History - 318 pages
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Did you hear the one about the canal builder who forgot canals need water? The battle where everyone ran away? Or the boat made of ice, and the town that mixed up time? How about the shovel invented for soldiers with a hole in it? Colossal Canadian Failures is a lighthearted look at Canada's unsung heroes the eccentrics, the failures, the misguided, and the just plain overoptimistic who never met an idea they could resist, no matter how crazy. From engineering blunders to business and political failures and more, Colossal Canadian Failures provides a muchneeded ego boost for anyone who thinks they've said "oops" one too many times.

  

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Apparently research doesn't count for much anymore. It was 23 kids not 25 and paintings of the Major show him to be an upstanding looking citizen. Not to mention that what today is considered a shack was actually a respectable home in those times. A large number of the settlers lived in the same type of building. A one room log home, possibly with a sleeping loft above, and 12-15 acres of cleared land were required for the Homestead Act that helped to populated St. Joseph Island in the mid 1800s. And one of the 'shacks' that the Major lived in became a school house for his 23 children. It has been moved to the St. Joseph Island Museum Complex and I can assure you that it is not the unkept shack the book implies. Was he a womanizer? Yes there's no denying it. However, if you're going to write about someone, at least take the time to check the facts, at the very least with more than one source. The man had close to 2 dozen children for crying out loud, I can assure you the records are there.  

Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
A Better Land Social Experiments
15
You Say You Want a Revolution?
39
Planes
53
Trains
65
Automobiles
83
Boats
99
Buildings
139
Adventurers
147
Heres a Good Spot to Live Settling
183
Farming
207
Missed Opportunities
219
Oh Were Supposed to Make Money
231
Ideas So Bad They Dont Fit
289
Selected Bibliography
307

Lets Take a Shortcut Canals
125

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About the author (2002)

Randy Richmond is a newspaper reporter and author of The Orillia Spirit, published by Dundurn Press in 1996. He lives with his wife and three children in London, Ontario, where he gets inspiration for stories about failure from looking at his home improvement projects.

Tom Villemaire is a newspaper reporter and editor and a freelance writer. He lives alone in Balaclava, Ontario, and, at times when she permits, with his girlfriend in Toronto. A failed astronaut and garbage man, Villemaire lowered his sights and settled upon writing as a career.

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