That guy is probably not the real Easter Bunny

I think I saw the Easter Bunny yesterday, but I’m not sure if it was the real Easter Bunny or just some guy dressed up like a bunny.

Mike’s top five signs that’s probably not the real Easter Bunny.

#5. Smells like dryer sheets and menthol.

#4. He keeps bragging about the double-time-and-a-half he’ll be getting for working a regular day off that falls on a stat holiday.

#3. His costume is made from a clubbed seal.

#2. He disappears down his hole for days at a time, then all of sudden shows up at a night-club with Charlie Sheen.

#1. He has a beard and is wearing red pants, red coat and big black boots.

and a few more…

#1a. Likes to show everyone the pictures he has of when he was the Energizer Bunny doing the Cha Cha with Pam Anderson (in the 80′s).

#1b. He keeps telling you how he makes so much more than Santa.

Princess Mary Clam Chowder

Here’s our ‘tried and true’ version of this well known Vancouver Island clam chowder. Our recipe is based on the original recipe from the Princess Mary Restaurant in Victoria, which closed it’s doors February 27th. (Here’s the ‘Times Colonist’ article).

Our version has a few modifications (mushrooms and Clamato) and is delicious!!


Princess Mary Clam Chowder v1.0

3 slices of bacon
1 tsp thyme
1 cup sliced/diced onions
3 cups uncooked potatoes (diced)
1/2 cup celery
5 cups hot water
1 tbsp parsley
1 can sliced mushrooms
a pinch of curry
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
28 oz canned tomatoes
1 1/2 cups carrots
3 cups clam juice (or Clamato Juice)
1 tin of clams

1. Slice bacon (small pieces), saute bacon, thyme, onion
2. Add potatoes, celery, hot water, salt, pepper
3. Cover, simmer 5 minutes
4. Add tomatoes, carrots, clam liquid (Clamato)
5. Simmer, 1 hour
6. Add clams (at the end)
7. Thicken with flour if desired…

By: Mike Benny

Where did April Fool’s Day come from?

April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day

The story goes like this…

Back in the day, in France in 1582, Pope Gregory introduces the Gregorian Calendar…

This leads to New Year’s celebrations being moved from April 1st to January 1st.

Some people continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st – they were known as “April Fools”.

Soon, people started inviting “April Fools” to non-existent parties at the end of March and that morphed into the pranks we see today.

So if you want to get back to the original spirit of April Fool’s Day, invite someone to a fake new years eve party!

To back up my story, here’s what Wikipedia says about it…

In the Middle Ages, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns. In some areas, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. Many  suggest that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-16th century.

By: Mike Benny

Top five April Fool’s Day pranks

Beef shower

Yum. Beef shower. – Photo by alaahammou

Looking to have some fun on Sunday? Mike’s top five (10) April Fool’s Day pranks.

#10. Get everyone up really early and tell them that this is the weekend we turn the clocks back an hour.
#9. Switch the signs on the men’s and ladies’ washrooms at church.
#8. Hide food in a trash can and when someone comes by grab some and eat it.
#7. Glue the handset from the phone to the cradle.
#6. Glue all the eggs into the carton.
#5. Remove the shower head and place a beef bouillon cube in it, then put the head back on.
#4. Go to Tim Hortons with your loser roll up the rim cup and demand they give you a “play again”, whatever that is?!
#3. If they come to pick up your garbage in the morning, run out and ask the guy for a receipt.
#2. Don’t fix any of the pot holes.
#1. Pretend you’re gonna start charging for parking downtown!

Here are a few more from Guyism

By: Mike Benny

Top five potential problems with selling booze at Starbucks


Starbucks has been testing the sale of beer and wine in some of it’s location. They already have an “alcohol and light bites” menu in a few locations, and will be expanding it to thousands of stores soon.

Top five potential problems with selling booze at Starbucks.

#5. Flask sales way down.

#4. The only place on earth where a glass of wine is actually MORE expensive than at the airport lounge.

#3. That caffeine and Merlo combo can make happy HOUR last for days.

#2. That “lady” that shows up at 10am for a Venti double-Shiraz “after her morning show” then sits there all day eating samples.

#1. The barista now wants a tip AND your empties!

By: Mike Benny

Top 5 Signs it’s the first day of Spring!

Dirty car

Spring officially arrives at 9:57am with the Spring Equinox. But, there are other ways to tell it’s the first day of Spring…

5. It’s March 20th…

4. Scraping your windshield in the morning and washing your car in the driveway in the afternoon.

3. Two words: Cadbury Eggs!

2. Your buddy from Australia just called to complain about the fact that summer is over and it’s the first day of fall!

1. At the gas station, they’re re-label the “Traction Sandbags”, “Flood Protection Sandbags”.

St. Patrick’s Day Jokes and No-No’s.

Mike’s top five St. Patrick’s Day jokes.

Lucky Charms

Lucky Charms – photo taken by Evan-Amos

#5. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s day!

#4. Why did the leprechaun buy TWO lottery tickets? Dublin his odds!

#3. Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover? Because you shouldn’t press your luck.

#2. Why are leprechauns always asking for money? Because they’re always a little short before payday.

#1. Where does a leprechaun buy his suits? From a four leaf clothier.

Top five ways to get in trouble on St Patrick’s Day.

#5. Eat haggis, drink scotch and insist Scotland and Ireland are the same thing.

#4. Wear a button that says “Kiss me, I’m Iris”.

#3. Insist you are wearing something green and it’s right here on your finger.

#2. Go door to door – demanding candy.

#1. Re-introduce snakes to the island.

Ways to tell your neighbor might be a Leprechaun

#5. Always tries to cover up his Irish accent by saying things like “G’day Mate..”.

#4. Rainbow always seems to end in his backyard.

#3. Spends his summers planting clover along foothills blvd…

#2. Always wears green and he isn’t even from Saskatchewan.

#1. Always thinks everyone is after his Lucky Charms!

Not everyone lost an hour of sleep #DST

In BC, most of us lost an hour of sleep as we adjusted for Daylight Savings Time, but not everyone…

“… Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge are on Mountain Time and do not observe DST. This means that their clocks are the same as those in Edmonton in the winter and the same as Vancouver in the summer.”

“… also Cranbrook, Fernie, Golden and Invermere are on Mountain Time and observes DST, so they are always on the same time as Calgary. One exception: Creston, is the same time as Calgary in the winter, and Vancouver in the summer.” (Source: wikipedia)

In Canada, Saskatchewan never changes…

“Daylight saving time (DST) is now observed in all Canadian provinces, with the exception of most of Saskatchewan, which observes Central Standard Time year-round…” (Source: wikipedia)

As far as the rest of the world…

BLUE=DST is used.
ORANGE=DST is no longer used.
RED= DST has never been used.

Daylight savings map

By: Mike Benny