January 29, 2010

A magazine called The Beaver... and it's not dirty?

I know what you're thinking, and it's true: I have zero zip zilch interest in a magazine called The Beaver, which when I hear the name, I automatically assume to be of the Bob Guccione Penthouse variety. Like the dirtiest parts of that oh so classy publication (is it still around?).

Canada has a magazine called The Beaver, and it is very old and very stereotypically Canadian... it's kinda quiet and classy and historical and intellectual and... yep the Bob Guccione one would have more pizzazz.

According to cbc news, The Beaver is an iconic Canadian history magazine that has been around since 1920. And now they are changing their name to... wait for it... drumroll please... here it comes... Canada's History.


Why the name change? Exactly the salacious reasons we all thought. The publishers have decided that the old name is no longer appropriate --- some people thought it was a nature magazine, others thought it was XXX adults only, so online was being grouped with porn, and their emails were being spam-filtered out.

I'm all for the name change, but really calling it Canada's History? Why not just call it Required Reading? Prerequisite? Nothing New? Bob Guccione Presents Private Parts? Canadian Beaver?

Or seriously... Maple Leaf? Northwest Passage?

Okay, now that we have fixed this magazine thing and changed it from porn to boring, let's move on... there is a town in Newfoundland called "Dildo", what the hell are we going to do about that?


Dale Cameron said...

Well Alfred, I don't think there is anything you can do about The Beaver, or our beautiful community named Dildo. Get your head out of the gutter and realize there are great named places such as Intercourse, Pennsylvania...and many more unique named placed.

Besides, the word 'dildo' goes back to 1610 in history in Newfoundland, Canada and is used in Shakespeare's writings long before there was a medical device which became known as the 'dildo'. Should I explain about the beaver?

Thanks for the chuckle!

Miz Moffatt said...

WOW -- I hadn't heard of this magazine before, but that is brilliant. It's much like our local newspaper. It shares the name "The Beaver".

Funniest segment of all in our newspaper: "Beaver Trails." Folks take photos of themselves with the paper as they travel across the globe. But, for the sake of the name, it's quite.... something.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Is it any worse than Apple calling their new gadget the iPad?

canadian maple leaf platinum said...

Never heard of that magazine. I think it is good idea to check it out.

Kevin said...

Take Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador to Climax, Saskatchewan.

marymac said...

Is the Dildo next to the Beaver?

Stan in NH said...

I just wanted to let you know that I rpesented you with Kreativ Blogger Award. Thanks for your wonderful blog and you your thoughtful and kreativ posts. Thanks, Brahm.

I don't know much about Canadian History. I just know that the Canada goose landing fields were chosen by the Paddington Family as the fields for planting the grains they would use to make their blended whiskey. I did learn that in college. :)

Brahm said...

Holy crap, there's a Climax, Sakatchewan??? Let's go there. Often...

injaynesworld said...

LOL! Nice to know I can always count on this place for chuckle.

Kevin said...

You want to go to Climax, Saskatchewan? Firstly, you have never been to Saskatchewan (even though I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Secondly, you need to learn how to spell Saskatchewan correctly before you will ever get to Climax (the village, I mean).

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