Mind Blowing Facts About Canada That Show Just How Weird And Wonderful It Really Is.
1. Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
2. Residents of Churchill, Canada, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears.
3. Prostitution is legal in Canada. Buying the services of a prostitute is not. This places the legal onus on the people that are usually in the position of power, rather than sex workers themselves.
4. The first Canadian casualties of the Afghanistan war were from an American pilot bombing a training exercise. Way to go, America.
5. Licence plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears. They're beary cute!
6. In 2010, a Canadian man rescued a newborn baby from a dumpster, only to find out he was the father.
7. In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes so, as is custom in Canada, people go out and (Continued)
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as is custom in Canada, people go out and play hockey on it.
8. Santa Claus is technically Canadian! Every Christmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus at his own postal code: "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada."
9. With 1,896 km (1,178 mi) of road, Yonge Street in Canada is the longest street in the world.
10. The Mall of America is actually owned by Canadians.
11. The U.S. / Canada Border is the longest international border in the world and it lacks military defence. Not sure what that says about the fact that America's newest president is currently so concerned with building a literal wall along America's Mexican border.
12. Canada has no weapons of mass destruction since 1984 and has signed treaties repudiating their possession. They also don't allow people to carry guns (except with a hunting license).
13. "Canada" is an Iroquoian language word meaning "Village." Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their kanata (the word for village). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was Kanata or Canada.
14. If you want to weigh less, go to Canada! Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s. Though the weakness is slightone part in 25,000, or a tenth of an ounce for a 150-pound (68-kilogram) personscientists have argued for years about the cause.
15. Some Police Departments in Canada give out "positive tickets" when they see people doing something positive. However, it should be noted that Canadian Police Departments, like their US neighbors (or should I say, neighbours??) are still known for (Continue)
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However, it should be noted that Canadian Police Departments, like their US neighbors (or should I say, neighbours??) are still known for racial profiling and carding. The Black Lives Matter movement is an integral part of the fabric of Canadian politics.
16. Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. They lost both times.
17. In Canada money has Braille-like markings on the bills for the blind.
18. Canada is a lot bigger than the US in land mass, but our population is considerably less. The populations of Los Angeles and New York City would be around 30 million people. The entire nation of Canada has around 32 million people.
19. During WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
20. Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.
21. Canada and Denmark have been fighting over an uninhabited island by leaving each other bottles of alcohol and changing their flags since the 1930s. Here's the story: Far in the Arctic North lies the barren and desolate Hans Island. The uninhabited half-square-mile island, possessing no apparent natural resources, is a bizarre sliver of territory for two countries to fight over. However, since the early 1930s, this nondescript rock has been at the center of an ongoing disagreement between Canada and Denmark. Hans Island is technically located in both Danish and Canadian waters. Denmark's minister of Greenland affairs visited the island in 1984 and planted a Danish flag. At the base of the flag, he left a note saying (Continued)
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"Welcome to the Danish island," along with a bottle of brandy. And since then, the two countries have waged a not-quite-serious "whiskey war" over Hans Island. When Danish military go there, they leave a bottle of schnapps. And when [Canadian] military forces go, they leave a bottle of Canadian Club and a sign saying, 'Welcome to Canada.'
22. There's a service called "Cleaning for a Reason" in the U.S. and Canada that cleans the houses of women with cancer for free so they can focus on their health.
23. When flights got diverted or grounded during 9/11, Canada housed, fed, and sheltered over 33,000 passengers.
24. One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 U.S. Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the U.S., it will automatically be accepted. Canada has yet to take them up on the offer.
25. In 2015, a Canadian man was arrested after tying more than 100 balloons to a garden chair and flyingover the city of Calgary.
26. It's estimated that 93,000 Canadians live in the U.S. with expired visas, more than any other group of immigrant. Yet, people in America are far less likely to accuse Canadians of being illegal immigrants than those of other countries.
27. Canada's lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees fahrenheit (-63 celsius) in 1947.
28. Basketball, while invented by a Canadian, was actually invented in the United States.
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29. Famous Canadian celebrities include Justin Bieber, Michael Buble, Joni Mitchell, James Cameron, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Mike Myers, Ryan Reynolds and William Shatner.
30. Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
31. Sometimes Canadians refer to dollars as bucks. Like, 45 dollars could be called 45 bucks. There isn't one clear reason why, but most people think it's in reference to the days when people would trade things for deerskin, otherwise known as bucks. "I'll give you five bucks for that wagon!"
32. The average Canadian watches 21 hours of television per week. 128,000 Canadian households have TVs in the bathroom.
33. French and English are the two official languages in Canada. It was recently announced that they are thinking of also adding sign language.
34. Canadians drink more fruit juice per capita than any other country.
35. If you die in Canada, you die in real life.
36. Canadian radio stations are required by law to play a certain percentage of music from Canadian artists.
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a reserve in Quebec.
38. Canada is home to the worlds smallest jail in Rodney, Ontario; its only 24.3 square meters (270 square feet).
39. There are parts of Canada where, at certain times of the year, the sun never sets and at other times it never rises.
40. A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg (or Winnie for short) and his love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
41. Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at a single Winter Olympics, winning 14 at the 2010 games in Vancouver.
42. Canadians love ketchup so much we have ketchup flavored chips, and they're delicious.
43. OnJuly 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. Same-sex adoption has also been legal in all provinces and territories under varying rules.
Reddit user zydollasiign asked: 'What did you purchase as an adult because you could never have it as a child?'
It's funny, because depending on our financial management, some of us get really "spend happy" once we have an adult job with adult money.
But others realize instead that they may not need to buy everything they can suddenly afford, but just that one thing they've wanted since childhood.
Curious about others' wish list items, Redditor zydollasiign asked:
"What did you purchase as an adult because you could never have it as a child?"
A Metal Detector
"A metal detector. I always wanted one as a kid, but my dad said I'd use it a handful of times, and then it would sit and collect dust forever."
"I bought myself one, and it turns out that my dad was right."
"Desserts at restaurants."
"Yes! And appetizers and a soda. I was only ever allowed to get one thing; I could choose an appetizer, a main dish, OR a dessert. But getting all three and a drink makes me feel so bougie."
Options at the Book Fair
"It's not about what I buy myself but I make sure my kid has plenty of money for the book fair."
"The parent I dream to be… you’re awesome."
The Big Pack
"The gigantic pack of Crayola crayons!! Just took me 65 years… lol (laughing out loud)... and I love them!"
"I don’t share my 120-pack, either. I got the variety pack of Sharpie and Flair, too!"
"Clothes that fit."
"Ugh, my mother was absolutely DELUSIONAL about what size clothing I wore. I was 18-20 before I realized that you weren't SUPPOSED to buy clothes you could just barely squeeze yourself into, clothes that dug deep red marks into you all day, clothes that caused you physical pain to wear. It was incredible the first time I bought myself a pair of pants that actually fit."
"Opposite for me. My mom was paranoid about me "growing out" of stuff and it was so embarrassing and uncomfortable. Having so much extra fabric is so uncomfortable and makes it so hard to just function like a normal human."
"Having clothes that were the correct size was life-changing."
"I work somewhere that sells a specialty clothing item for a youth activity (think something like sports jerseys). I frequently have to talk moms out of buying several sizes too big for their teenagers!"
"Yes, when the kid is eight and wearing a medium, I tell mom to get a large or even an XL so it fits for more than six months. But it is shocking to me how many moms want to buy a 2XL for their 15-year-olds who wear a small!"
"They’re not going to keep growing that much! Let them get the one they’ll be comfortable in. It’s like they have no idea when a kid will stop growing, even when the kid is taller than them."
"I can relate to this so hard, it hurts."
A Gaming System
"All the current gaming consoles. Feels good, man!"
"And never have time to play anything! My PS5 might as well be a $600 paperweight."
"Feel you here. I’m able to buy any game I want now. Have about 300 quality games in my library. Super juiced computer. If I am able to play for a few hours on a Friday night, it’s a win. Adulting is a paradox."
Ice Cream Cake
"Ice Cream Cake."
"My sister was a spring baby. She got ice cream cakes. I never got ice cream cakes because it was hot for my birthday and my mother said they'd melt too quickly."
"Now I get my own d**n ice cream cakes. I don't care if they melt."
"Growing up, I never got a birthday cake in the flavor that I liked because my mom hated those flavors. Now I don't have to dread having to eat my own birthday cake anymore."
"The fastest Internet I could buy in my area."
"Same, grew up on Dial-up. It was torture."
A Comfortable Mattress
"As a teen, I started sleeping on the floor because my childhood mattress was so bad. I remember buying my first new one as an adult. It was one of those memory foam ones that came in a box."
"I ordered it online and paid $600. I felt like I was rich being able to do that. And it was the best mattress I had ever slept on."
"Same here. My mom kept saying she was allergic, but suddenly, now that I'm on my own, she has no issues taking care of him when I leave town. Make it make sense."
"Comfortable shoes! Growing up with flat feet and parents who didn’t want to shell out a lot of money for shoes meant that I wore uncomfortable tennis shoes for years. That’s why as soon as it was warm enough and sometimes not, I would wear flip-flops because they didn’t hurt my feet."
"My husband makes sure my shoes fit comfortably because when we met, my one 'comfortable' pair was falling apart because I was so broke, I couldn’t afford shoes. He took me shoe shopping as a date and bought me comfortable shoes."
"(Crying emoji), what a keeper."
"Protect that man at all cost."
"I grew up in a home where my parents practiced a religion that said you can’t seek medical help or go to doctors. I always wanted the Operation game and a pretend doctor’s bag like my friends had."
"When I became a parent, my child received a play doctor’s kit and the Operation game for Christmas one year."
"Raising my glass to FINALLY knowing 100% no one will rifle through my things and then confront me because they didn’t like what they found and then blame god for telling them to do it."
"No, Mom, no one told you to snoop. You went through my stuff hoping to find something shocking, and got mad because all you learned was that I left my laundry in the dryer without folding it on purpose just to annoy you and that Dad let me have half a beer one night while we watched 'Bubba HoTep' on USA UP All night."
"Same! My mom used to go through my things and read my journal. I never understood it, I was a nerd with a small group of friends who didn't drink, smoke, or do drugs, or have a boyfriend for that matter."
"I caught her so many times that she banned me from using the word 'snoop.'"
"Anyway, I understand now, it wasn't about being worried about me, it was about having control over me and me knowing I didn't have a safe space."
"Congrats to all the kids that finally reclaimed their safe place."
"Aww man. I could name multitudes. I have been very blessed since I got married."
"But the main thing I do now is buy multiples of various grocery items we buy regularly to just keep the house stocked. When we open the last one, I go out and buy two or three more."
"Something about just knowing you have it available is comforting. Growing up we never bought anything unless we were OUT of it."
This conversation went from wholesome to anticlimactic to heartbreaking and back again.
There were some basic wants, like privacy, properly-fitting clothing, and appropriate shoes, that everyone should just be able to have. They should be a right rather than a privilege.
But fortunately, there were enjoyable things here, too, like more money for the Book Fair, fuzzy companions, and ice cream cake, that are wonderful to give to ourselves when our parents were unwilling or unable.
Adult money needs to be put toward bills and basic expenses, yes, but it should be put toward joy, too.
Kissing can be as romantic as it is in the movies.
There's nothing more satisfying than sharing a passionate kiss with a person who has the exact same romantic feelings as you do.
In spite of the unknown future of a relationship, the first physical confirmation of love is still a moment you won't soon forget.
But perhaps what's most memorable is your very first kiss.
People shared their funny stories when Redditor 4_wheels_ specifically asked:
"Where did you have your first kiss?"
Can we get a location please?
On The Up And Up
"Hotel stairwell on my grade 8 school trip to the capital."
"UPDATE: It was with a girl (I am male). In the 80s. We're still great friends."
An Appointment Made
"This is not what the doc means when he says 'alrighty, open up!'"
Things got hot and heavy.
After Meeting In The Library
"Was about 13 met a 15yo girl at the library after school went home with her and we made out heavily in her bedroom. I remember our mouths were so wide open our teeth would clack together and I don’t think I’ve ever been kissed with such vigor again... Still think of her from time to time."
Crazy In Love
"In a psych ward when I was 13! A 14 year old girl in the ward with me told me I was cute and asked if I wanted to kiss…I figured why not, LOL"
"What happens in the psych ward stays in the psych ward."
"My Honda civic at 19 years old parked out her place."
"You guys parked next to each other?"
It's like magic.
"Middle of the night in my childhood playground under the stars. This was like two weeks ago I’m 14 lol"
"W sh*t bro, enjoy the childhood while u still got it."
"That’s so sweet, it happened for me too like that."
Gen X Love
"At the mall like the typical 80s kid that I was."
Not everyone's memory of a first kiss resulted in fireworks.
A Miss Match
"On the tennis courts behind the elementary school. I did you wrong, Kelly. I'm sorry. I hope you're doing well."
"Playing truth or dare at a party when I was in like 6th grade. It was awkward as f'k.'"
My first kiss was with a girl. (Didn't all closeted gay boys experiment with girls at first?)
I was in sixth grade at my first after school party.
Before my mom came to pick me up, Dorothy, my classmate, wanted to slow dance with me–even though there was no music playing.
I agreed to it, and that was when she grabbed my face and pulled me toward her lips to make out.
Yup, I knew right then and there, I didn't like girls that way and never would.
When American tourists travel abroad, they often find themselves startled if not downright perplexed by several international cuisines.
If haggis doesn't sound disgusting enough, they find themselves even more shocked by how awful it tastes.
What these very same tourists might not take into account, is that visitors from abroad are often equally baffled by several iconic American dishes.
And no, we're not just talking about the gargantuan portions.
Redditor Seraphicly329 was curious to hear all the American cuisines foreigners can't quite wrap their minds, let alone their tongues, around, leading them to ask:
"Non-Americans what American foods do you find unusual or odd?"
Can they Not Taste How The Root Beer Compliments The Ice Cream?
"Used to host a lot of non-American when they came here from Europe or Asia."
"Root beer floats baffles them every time!"
"Tastes just like their toothpaste and can’t understand how we enjoy it."- WhiskeyTangoFoxy
"My friend from the Mediterranean said 'You Americans put cheese on everything'."
"'Cheese on eggs, cheese on meat, cheese on pasta, cheese on salad, cheese on BREAD, on FISH!!'"
"And you know, she's right."
"Love me a tuna melt."- WildAsTheyCome
Sweet And Salty
"I moved to the states years ago and the first time I saw chicken and waffles I was confused by this combo."-SmittenKitten0303Chicken And Waffles Syrup GIF by F*CK, THAT'S DELICIOUSGiphy
What Is So Offensive?!?!
"I had a Swedish friend who told me he wasn’t even willing to try mac and cheese because it sounded gross lol."- offbrandbarbie
"Kraft boxed Mac and cheese."
"I don't understand how something so processed can taste like the color yellow and yet be enjoyable but here we are."- RagePandazXD
An Aquired Taste, For Sure...
"I had a Portuguese boss once, and our team would often go out for lunch."
"Me, being a bit of a foodie/adventurous, would often recommend lunch spots."
"I decided for a change we should go to this restaurant that served nothing but PB&J sandwiches, with various twists like the Elvis - a warm sandwich with bananas and bacon slices, etc."
"He later recounted it as "'he worst lunch [he] had ever had", and thought I did it out of revenge'."- spaetzelspiffKevin Smith Celebs GIF by DiggGiphy
FIrst Impressions Can Be Dangerous...
"Thought smashburgers would make the burger dry and juices ooze out."
"I had one from Shake Shack when I was in NYC."
"It was delicious and crispy and not dry at all."
"A bit salty but oh well."- teems
Most Cakes Don't Have A Shelf Life...
"Those are gross to most Americans over 15 years old too."
"Honestly, most snacky cakes."
"Maybe twice a year I'll get a wild craving for a Star Crunch or a Swiss Roll, but then I'll have one and remember why I rarely buy them."- Not_a_werecat
Carbs And Fat...
"If you've never eaten biscuits and gravy, you're missing out."
"If you've had it and say you don't like it, you've either eaten it at a bad restaurant or you have no soul."- Mother_WashGiphy
Oscar Wilde Was The One Who Said "Sugar Is No Longer Fashionable..."
"Unsweetened iced tea."
"Love it."- Quinocco
So Much For Southern Hospitality...
"Things my South African/British wife found weird."
"Scrapple, chicken and waffles, biscuits, sausage gravy, chicken fried steak, okra, Brunswick Stew, real BBQ (as opposed to grilling), grits, pickled pig feet, pork brains, Boudin sausage, pecan pie, Key Lime pie, boiled peanuts."
"If I think about it, a lot of Southern/Soul food."
"She was also unfamiliar with Mexican and TexMex other than those horrid Old El Paso hard shell taco kits."- Shuggy539
A Cute Alternative Word For "Scraps"...
"Many people are repulsed by scrapple."
"I have been enjoying it all my life, but I don't try to push it on anybody."- Warren_Puffitthungry pork GIF by Chipotle Mexican GrillGiphy
If You Know The Origins...
"I taught history for years and now I am a chef."
"So food history is a professional area, and a personal passion."
"I have also lived in my 40 years in three country's and 6 states, and I have been to 45 out of 50 states."
"Peanut Butter was invented for medical use and an easy way to get vitamins and nutrients into patients."
"Peanut butter and jelly became popular during world War 2 due to food rationing."
"Most Americans grow up on it, so for many of us its traditional."
"Chicken and waffles is from a subset of American Cuisine, Southern Cuisine."
"Most people outside the South dont get it either."
"Also, if the balance of the savory chicken and sweet waffle/syrup is off, it really is terrible, but if you get it right, it's delicious!"
"Most people outside the South have no idea how to cook grits, or even what they are."
"Many people in the South don't do it right either."
"Gravy in America is NOT the same as in the rest of the world."
"The gravy traditionally used in biscuits and gravy is even more different, and easy to screw up also."
"Southern Biscuits go best with this gravy, and Northern Biscuits and definitely SCONES are not the same as these Biscuits (the South uses a softer wheat to make flour)."
"Many American don't get spray cheese either."
"Combining savory and sweet is not just an American thing, but we do combine them a lot."
"Keep in mind we ARE a melting pot of cultures and different cultures can combine in odd ways, especially in food."
"As an American chef I always tell people to lay off a lot of canned or packaged items in stores because of the amount of salt and preservatives, and even sugars in them."
"I even mix and sell my own seasonings to my local community to help people with this."
"If your in a restaurant and find the food too salty, chances are part or all of it was prepackaged and not fresh."- zeljadisFast Food GIF by US National ArchivesGiphy
At the end of the day, one's taste in food is personal, and everyone reserves the right to like and dislike whatever they want.
Even so: WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND DOESN'T LIKE MAC AND CHEESE?!?!?!
It is not uncommon in this world for people to be underappreciated or even ridiculed for their work because they were ahead of their time. Nicolaus Copernicus was mocked for his theory that the universe was heliocentric. Jackson Polluck's art was only revered posthumously.
This is true for many things, including inventions, movies, video games, and even restaurants.
Redditors know this all too well. They have identified what things failed when they were initially released but turned out to be ahead of its time, and are eager to share.
It all started when Redditor kingpin000 asked:
"What failed when it was initially released, but turned out to be ahead of its time years later?"
"Viagra. Fascinating history. It was developed as a blood pressure medicine in the 80s. The bonerific side effect was “embarrassing” and “unwanted” in the 80s, but desired a decade or so later when sex became less taboo."
"So, it failed as a mainstream blood pressure pill, but succeeded as a boner pill."
"It's actually used as a blood pressure medication still, but it's for the more rare Pulmonary Hypertension."
That's Why They're Called Sticky Notes
"The glue that became part of Post-Its. The guy who invented them was trying to create a stronger glue for the aerospace industry, but the adhesive he created was a weak adhesive. Years later one of his colleagues used that adhesive to create a bookmark that didn't fall out of the book he was reading. Eventually, that idea became Post-Its."
"If I recall the story correctly, it was a hymn book which had delicate pages."
"The Post-Its adhesive worked great on it by not ripping or ruining the pages."
"I always feel like the Zune and their music model was ahead of its time. 10 dollars month for unlimited downloads while at the time you were paying 1 dollar per single. Now everyone just uses Spotify for the same thing."
"You also got to keep 10 of the songs you downloaded at the end of each month. It was essentially paying for 10 songs with as free streaming on top."
If Only They Waited
"Yes they are everywhere now but the Buicks 1986 model had one, and most cars today have it."
"Hell, the concept was developed in 1965!!!"
"Microsoft pushed a tablet computer about 5 years or so before the iPad got released. It failed miserably and they quickly gave up on the idea."
Almost, But Not Quite
"Vine. They were almost TikTok, but weren’t."
"I don’t understand why Vine died and Tik Tok lives?"
"Because Vine was ahead of its time."
The Big Screen
"The movie Blade Runner."
"Shawshank flopped in the theaters. It's a classic because TNT began airing it because it was cheap. Boys grew up watching Shawshank. Now it's one of IMDb ten greatest films."
"We can also look at It's a Wonderful Life."
"I've said it on here before somewhere. But The Thing went from being an absolute critical bomb at the time... to being one of the most lauded (and rightfully so) horror sci films ever created now. Specific tastes aside, anyone who enjoys horror probably has The Thing in their top 10."
Can't Believe This Flopped
"Bluetooth was released with a huge fanfare and then fizzled for a few years before it really took off."
"This should be a huge one! It flopped on the market for a long time before someone figured out how to use it correctly and now it’s a staple for electronics."
Just When He Got Rid Of It...
"Debit cards. My dad got one in the 70’s when they were a new idea and nobody seemed to understand them and didn’t take them. He finally got rid of his. Now……"
My Favorite Childhood Toy
"Slime (silly putty). originally, it was an attempt to replace rubber during WW2."
"German engineer Andreas Flocken built the first real electric car in 1888. The first electric car in the United States was developed in 1890–91 by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa; the vehicle was a six-passenger wagon capable of reaching a speed of 23 km/h (14 mph)."
What Might've Been
"Google Glass the biggest argument against it was ppl being so angry about the wearers filming them. Here we are 10+ years later and everyone films everything everywhere they go. And we have ppl wearing GoPros and other klunky cameras all the time."
"The Google Glass offered AR, filming, assistant functionally, map and web access all in an easy to wear and use piece of tech that was also super cool and futuristic. I think if it had taken off we would have even more advanced models now. It was just WAY too ahead of it's time for widespread adoption. I think it would be wildly popular now."
For Man's Best Friend
"Pets.com. Everyone laughed at the idea after the tech bubble burst. Chewy.com is worth $10B today."
"If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that animal lovers will drop some serious cash."
Shut Up And Drive
"The Sinclair C5 electric vehicle. Complete flop in 1985, but now a thriving hobby as many people are upgrading them with modern batteries, motors, disc brakes, etc. So much fun to drive."
"Can't help but feel had it been succesful, the following iterations would be superior to the e-bikes we have now."
Eye Of The Beholder
"Van Gogh's paintings. Amy Pond from Doctor Who knew how good he was, but none of Vincent's contemporaries did, and he eventually died by his own hand."
Poor Van Gogh. He's my favorite artist!
I'm glad he's appreciated now, even if he wasn't in his own time.
(And this is exactly why Doctor Who's Amy Pond was my favorite companion!)