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Top 10 Toronto facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Kobe Bryant’s grandmother only came to see him play one game his entire professional career. That one game versus the Toronto Raptors he scored 81 points.

  2. A Toronto man built a wooden staircase for safe entry to a park for $550 after he learned that the city-made staircase would cost $65K-150K. Although it was removed by city staffs due to safety concerns, the mayor called and thanked him for his effort, and a new stairway was built for $10K.

  3. In 1847, with a population of just 20,000 people, Toronto took in 38,560 Irish famine victims

  4. An Indian fan spent the whole day at a match in Toronto shouting 'aloo' (potato) through a megaphone at overweight Pakistani cricket captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, until finally Inzamam invaded the crowd and attacked the fan with a cricket bat, causing a mass brawl

  5. When Steve-o was 13, his dad was a top executive at Nabisco and challenged Steve-o to do better than his corporate box seats at a Motley Crue concert. Steve-o managed to track down the band in Toronto and get backstage passes.

  6. A Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy died in Toronto trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th floor office was unbreakable by throwing himself against it. It was an act he had done twice before. The windows didn’t break but they popped out of the frame and he plunged to his death.

  7. After phasing out coal power plants, Toronto has been smog free for the first time in over a decade

  8. Tim Horton died at the age of 44 while attempting to drive from Toronto to Buffalo at 4AM with twice the legal Blood Alcohol Level, multiple drugs in his system, no seat-belt, and the police chasing him.

  9. Garry Hoy threw himself through a glass wall on the 24th story of the Toronto-Dominion Centre and fell to his death after the window frame gave way. He was attempting to prove to a group of prospective articling students that the glass was unbreakable.

  10. Toronto, trash panda capital of the world, spent CA $31 million on raccoon resistant trash bins which uber raccoons were able to figure out in a matter of days.

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Distribution of the top non-official languages spoken in the Greater Toronto Area

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Solar Radiation Visualization Toronto - June 16th

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In 2017, a famed green jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club was purchased for $5 at a Toronto thrift shop, then sold at auction for $139k

Using data from Toronto, researchers found having more trees on your block has health benefits akin to $10,000 raise or being seven years younger.

The city of Toronto once said that a staircase for seniors in a park would cost $65,000-$150,000 to build. In response, a man built it for $550, then the city tore it down.

Daniel Norris, a 21yo baseball player who recently joined the Toronto Bluejays with a $2,000,000 signing bonus, lives and sleeps in a VW bus. He has also never drunk alcohol, works part time in the off-season at a retail store, and spends no more than $800 a month.

Bill Murray took a taxi in Toronto. When he found out the driver played saxophone he asked him when he practiced. The driver said he couldn't because he worked 14 hours a day. Bill took over the drivers seat and drove the rest of his shift so he could sit in the back and practice.

A lawyer in Toronto once tried to demonstrate the strength of a window in his high-rise office by running straight into it. The window didn't shatter, but it did pop out of its frame and sent him falling 24 stories to his death.

The oldest person to ever complete a marathon is Fauja Singh, who ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 at the ripe old age of 100 years - also making him the only ever centenarian to do such! He completed the 42 kilometres in a bit over 8 hours.

There are 30 kilometres of tunnel underneath downtown Toronto, connecting shops, subway stations and restaurants so people do not need to go outside into the heat and snow

Toronto has an underground arcology, a network of underground tunnels where it possible to live without needing to venture outside

A 63-year-old man travelled from Windsor to Toronto to fulfil a lifelong dream of visiting a Legoland Discovery Centre, was turned away because he didn't have a child with him. Legoland has a policy that requires adults to be accompanied by children.

In 1936, 30 Toronto men were arrested for removing the tops from their bathing suits and showing their nipples

People in Toronto once passive aggressively protested by making a memorial for a dead raccoon after it lay on the street for 12 hours

Toronto has a courier service that only employs individuals with developmental disabilities. Delivery costs are on par with other couriers and its clients include many of Toronto's biggest businesses.

On June 6, 2013, John Malkovich saved a 77-year-old man's life after the man tripped in the streets of Toronto and slashed his throat on scaffolding as he fell. Malkovich applied pressure to the man's neck before the man was rushed to a hospital, where he received stitches.

Henry Rogers and Ron Smyth of the University of Toronto investigated gay lisp, a stereotypical manner of speech associated with English-speaking gay men. In 62% of their cases, listeners correctly identified gay speakers.

Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto lawyer who died in 1926 with no relatives. In his will, he left all his remaining assets (equivalent to $9 million CAD) to the woman who had the most babies within 10 years of his death, creating a "baby race" where woman competed to have the most babies.

In 1942 in a German POW camp north of Toronto the prisoners rebelled using pipes and sticks and were subdued by a group of baseball bat weilding Canadians. The Battle of Bowmanville.

The Great Stork Derby was a contest held in Toronto from 1926-1936, in which women competed to produce the most babies in order to win $750K as stipulated in the will of a wealthy lawyer. The prize ended up being split among four women who each had 9 babies.

Until 2005, Toronto had a St. James-Bond Church, formed by the 1928 merger of the Bond Street Congregational Church and the St. James Square Presbyterian Church.

Women in Ontario are allowed to be topless in public, especially on the streets of Toronto

A guy in Toronto had a huge party in his apartment across the street from a large commercial bank's HQ (RBC). The CEO calls to tell him to shut his blinds, because no work was getting done. All eyes were on the strippers.

In an attempt to prove to a group of students that the glass in the Toronto-Dominion Centre was unbreakable, Garry Hoy threw himself through a glass wall on the 24th story and fell to his death after the window frame gave way.

A Toronto man was shot 30 times by armed robbers and still survived. Police found 33 shell casings near him. He underwent two 15 hour surgeries for his gunshot wounds.

A man staying in an inward-looking hotel room at Rogers Centre (Toronto) was caught masturbating during a baseball game in full view of the stands, thinking the windows were one-way. Patrons must now sign contracts stipulating that they will not perform lewd acts within view of the stadium.

In 1912 Toronto held a flyswatting competition which was won by a 12 year old girl who killed 500,000 flies

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Toronto-City Scale Shadow Simulation (June 6)

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Toronto parking ticket fractal. weird