Cuppa Joe in your morning – crazy finger from rude town statue Iroquois Falls

By Cuppa Joe – Joe Simonsky in Vancouver

Don’t ask me why.

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I am the mayor of Iroquois Falls and I feel a need to enhance the myth that we are giving all of you tourists the fucking finger. Take that Japan. And Italy and Romania. Where this finger is alas, an insult. Up yours too Iroquois Falls. You're still number one with Cuppa Joe Simonsky! Foto by Roger Staubach.

But the prairies are full of them.

And Ontario is moving rapidly to put an obsequious and batshit crazy statue on every street corner in McGuillicutty Land.

They’re statues peeps.

I bring this up because Gavan, your editor, once worked in the Manitoba Interlake. He traveled to Komarno Manitoba on occasion.

Their statue?

A large mosquito. It doubles as a children’s playground because that crazy mosquito in Komarno, MB also rotates around its axis. The mosquito’s legs act as seats on a merry go round – no doubt an idea pulled out of the sadistic mind of Steven King.

True story knuckleheads. We’ll put a picture up. Not that crazy when you consider that another small town right alongside has a statue of a garter snake.

But where the hell were we.

Oh yes Iroquois Falls, Ontario

Here’s what the mayor’s saying – courtesy of PKP and QMI! Pierre Karl! Please don’t sue me! I’m attributing this shit to you! Really if you sue? All you’ll get are my dogs Desdamona and Mr. T. And my 1984 Land Rover. Do you hear me Pierre Karl? I’m dirt poor. Please don’t send those litiginous hounds of purgatory my way! I beg! En francais? Oui!

Je suis broke!

Okay that’s done.

Here’s the crap and skinny from QMI.

IROQUOIS FALLS, ONT. – The tourist booth in this northern Ontario town has a new mascot which some people say is giving drivers the middle finger.

Standing 20 feet tall, an axe at his side, Guy-Paul Treefall — nicknamed The Storyteller or in French, Le Raconteur — is a massive lumberjack located on Hwy. 11 beckoning tourists into the small paper town.

While some drivers have though Guy-Paul Treefall is giving drivers the middle finger, it’s actually his index finger that is sticking up.

“We’ve had people say they think he’s making an offensive hand gesture,” said Iroquois Falls Mayor Gilles Forget. “Really, he’s stopping people to tell a story.”

Community development co-ordinator Traci Workman said the sculpture, by Quebec artist Denys Heppell, depicts the area’s forestry history.

“It’s definitely doing what it’s supposed to do, which is getting people to stop, take photographs, come into the building, and eventually make their way into Iroquois Falls,” Workman said.

So you have a picture of the statue and the Komarno mosquito is below.

What else do you need.

It’s time for this to stop! By the way? Komarno in Ukranian? Mosquito. You could look it up!

cuppajoe@pardontheeruption.com / cuppajoe/twiter.com

The big fecking Komarno Mosquito and merry-go-round

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Yes this is the Komarno statue. I used to see it a lot when I covered the Interlake Manitoba news beat. Shit. When towns in Canada start getting this hard up for a theme? It's time to fold tents and just erect a fecking washroom! And yes. To answer that next question. I did take a leak on the Komarno Mosquito on a fine afternoon in August! Piss on mosquitoes everywhere! Photo by Dino Ciccarelli!

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