The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, had kept about the theft the new quiet at first, hoping it would help police catch the thieves.
Quebec is responsible for 70 to 80% of the world’s maple syrup, according to the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers federation. The federation noted that several U.S. states had “a very low, indeed catastrophic, harvest during the 2012 season” while “the Quebec harvest … remained normal.” (Getty)
Duck! Projectiles still fly as favoured means of protest Vespasian was a Roman Emperor, once upon a time, but before he landed the top job in the big Italian city he was just a political hack working in the hinterlands of the Empire’s African Province as the pay-taxes-or-be-crucified “proconsul.” Tacitus, the Roman historian, described Vespasian’s style of governance as “infamous and odious.” And perhaps it was, since his financial rigour and pennywise ways prompted locals to pelt him with turnips sometime around 63 AD.
Two thousand years later, food and other assorted objects are still being hurled in protest — the latest item being a hot dog aimed at Tiger Woods. The golfer was caught in the crosshairs of a fan who fired a wiener (and a bun) his way while he stood over a putt at a tournament in California on the weekend. “When I looked up, the hot dog was already in the air,” said Mr. Woods, who missed the putt. It was the latest, and possibly most evocative, of objects that have taken flight in recent years at other high profile personages in a variety of venues. Post columnist Joe O’Connor assesses some recent hits: