You don’t have to look far back into Vancouver’s history before things start to get a little weird.
Some of the weirdest things to happen in the city happened less than fifty years ago. From peculiar ways of spending government money to super racist activities, here are five of the strangest moments that took place.
The Government Paid A Man To Play The Town Fool
The Canada Council for the Arts sponsored a social worker in 1968 to play the Fool from Elizabethan times at the courthouse. In performing as a jester, The Canada Council wanted to resurrect the jester tradition to spark conversation. The town fool even drove a donkey-drawn vehicle along Cambie St. Joachim Foikis was paid $3500 for the gig, and there’s nothing foolish about that.
The KKK Hosted Meetings At Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
In 1925, the West Coast faction of the Ku Klux Klan owned the lease to what is now known as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. in The mansion estate in Shaughnessy briefly went up on the market after the original owner passed away. In total, about 8000 people were members of the KKK during its peak.
Severed Feet Are Found in the Straight of Georgia
A young girl discovered a severed human foot in a sneaker in the Strait of Georgia during the summer of 2007. There have been 10 more feet found, and it remains a partial mystery as to identity of the owners. Not only were feet planted as a hoax, but as far back as 1914, shoes with feet were also reported.
Margarine Was Banned For 70 Years
The BC Dairy Industry lobbied at the provincial level to have this upstart imitation butter spread banned in 1886. Originally created in France thirty years prior, margarine was an illegal product to purchase in the province of BC until 1949. To date, the federal government has had no polarizing attitudes towards this present-day kitchen staple.