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Thanks very much for being here for our first annual "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!"
Here's the recap:
10) Digital Orca/ Vancouver, British Columbia
8) World’s Largest Coffee Pot/ Davidson, Saskatchewan
6) World’s Largest Photo Mosaic/ Port Carling, Ontario
4) World’s Largest Axe/ Nackawic, New Brunswick
2) Big Fiddle/ Sydney, Nova Scotia


- Here's the Transcript of our Canada Day 2020 broadcast:
Move over, "Stu Jefferies' Star Studded Canada Day Spectacular!"... "Step aside, "Casey Clarke's Coast to Coast Canada Day Countdown!"
It's time for "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" 
We got special permission from the Canadian government to tour around Canada reporting on the Greatest Canadian landmarks of all time!
I know what you're thinking: "Niagara Falls!? The Rockie Mountains! The CN Tower??!! Nope. Even better. We'll be broadcasting from the Top Ten Enormous Roadside Attractions in Canada!
Through clever paperwork bordering on fraud, we were able to borrow the company CEO's helicopter to churn out what will undoubtedly be the greatest Canada Day Radio Special of All Time.
So sit back, relax, and fasten your safety belts for the most expensive radio program in the history of our company. 
Eddie the helicopter pilot alone is costing us $10,000.
Next stop, number ten on the list of Greatest Roadside Attractions in Canada!

Welcome back to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We are aboard Stingray One, our CEO's private helicopter... Eddie the pilot has gotten us into position around the roadside attraction that comes in at Number Ten on our list of Top Ten Enormous Roadside Attractions in Canada!
That's right, we are currently circling the Vancouver Convention Centre, home of "Digital Orca". 
Digital Orca looks like a giant killer whale that's been built out of Legos. 
It's not made out of Legos, and as a matter of fact we were told not to say the word Legos because of copyright reasons, and that every time we say the word Legos we have to pay the Lego company $3000 dollars. 
We wanna send a shoutout to Cathy back at the office who'll be handling our expense reports- thanks in advance for taking care of this added expense Cathy- you're the greatest!
A little more about the giant Lego Whale here in BC: it's BIG. You can fit a family of four inside it comfortably. As a matter of fact, in 2018 that is exactly what happened when the Hubbard family of Kits Point won a contest and lived inside the Whale Statue, rent-free, for a year! The worst part was climbing all the way up to the blowhole to use the washroom.
At this point, we should say thank you to Eddie our helicopter pilot for doing all of the research for our special... some really great factoids, Eddie - great job!
Next up,  we're Alberta bound!

It's "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We are broadcasting from Stingray One, our CEO's private helicopter with Eddie the pilot. We are now in a holding pattern over the 9th Greatest Roadside Attraction in Canada...
Yeah, that's right, we're hovering over Main Street in Donalda, Alberta admiring a fine roadside attraction.
Eddie the pilot was dissapointed to learn that it's not a giant bong, but it sure does look like one.
It's true, if you squint, and if the light catches it just the right way it appears to be an incredibly large bong... but it's actually the world's largest oil lamp.
At 42 feet high, it's large enough to comfortably fit a family of four. 
As a matter of fact, in 2017, the Williamson family of downtown Donalda won a contest and got to live in the large lamp, rent-free, for a year. They said it was a wonderful experience, but it was hard to get to sleep at night on account of the lamp being lit. Also, local kids would often throw rocks.
That's another factoid from our helicopter pilot, Eddie! Thanks, E!!
Next stop: Davidson, Saskatchewan, when "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" continues.

Welcome back to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" Eddie the pilot has flown us to attraction number 8 on the list of greatest roadside attractions in Canada... 
Located in the tiny community of Davidson, Saskatchewan, the world's largest coffee pot sure is a sight to see...
And let's not forget the giant coffee cup underneath that pot, waiting to be filled with delicious coffee!
Imagine how many selfies are taken with this large pot of coffee every day, selfies which are then captioned with something hilarious like "Boy, do I need coffee!"
Yes, the very large coffee pot brings joy to so many.
Well done, Davidson, Saskatchewan!
By the way, Eddie the pilot tells me that every year during 'Perculator Days' here in Davidson, one lucky couple is crowned Pot King and Queen and they live inside the coffee pot for a week, drinking delicious piping hot coffee. Sounds like a whole Lot O Fun!
Next, we're off to Manitoba for number 7 on our list, when "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" continues.
 
It's "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" Welcome back!
We're here on board Stingray One with our pilot, Eddie. 
Boy the time does fly when you only have four hours to visit Canada's best roadside attractions!
We're up to number 7 on the list, here in Melita, Manitoba, known as the 'Banana Belt of Canada' and home to a very, very large banana!
'Sunny the banana' is 30 feet tall and weighs over 6000 pounds.
As I look at his face I'm reminded of the Smiley Face emoji... only there's something menacing behind that grin. The photos online don't do it justice... seeing it in person, it's almost as if Sunny the Banana might come to life at any moment and start peeling people... you know, to exact revenge for all the times people have peeled bananas. That's not something you'll read in the official documentation.
No that's just a feeling I get.
I'm getting freaked out, we should go.
Get us outta here, Eddie.
Next stop, number 6 on the list of the top roadside attractions in Canada!

We're back! Hi it's Scotty and Tony, and Eddie the pilot, with our "Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We're in beautiful downtown Port Carling, Ontario which hosts the world-renowned Muskoka Lakes Association Antique Boat Show. 
But besides being known as the "Hub of the Lakes", Port Carling is also home to the world's largest photo mosaic, and it's number 6 on our list!!
It's an enormous wall, plastered with more than 9000 images from old-timey Port Carling. 
I haven't seen anything that plastered since Handsome Paul's birthday party last weekend!
The wall is 111 feet by 45 feet, and it's one of those deals where if you look close, it's 9000 small pictures, but when Eddie the pilot backs up a bit, we see one giant picture of Port Carling of yesteryear.
Eddie calls it PDC.
Pretty. Damn. Classy.
We think you're PDC too, Eddie.
Now let's get going to Montreal to check in on number 5 on our list of the top ten roadside attractions in Canada!

You're listening to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We were given the CEO's private helicopter and a substantial grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage, and we are flying to the top ten culturally significant, road-adjacent, icons in Canadian history. 
So far we've been to the Digital Orca, the World's Largest Oil Lamp, the biggest coffee pot in the world, a giant and sinister banana, and a big ol' photo wall.
Now we are in a holding position over La Fontaine Park in beautiful Montreal Quebec, and we are staring at what can only be described as the world's largest Slingshot. 
The number 5 greatest roadside attraction in Canada stands at 50 feet tall and is carved out of... what is that kind of tree?
It smells like poplar to me.
A 50 foot slingshot with a handle made of poplar wood!
Picture a slingshot so large, that it's capable of firing an average-size man over one kilometre!
As a matter of fact, that's exactly what happened in 1992 when stuntman Rémy Alouette set the Guiness World record for longest flight from a slingshot! He sailed 1.2 Kilometres and landed on a single memory foam mattress. It was a publicity stunt to advertise memory foam mattresses. Later, Remy would tell reporters "I regret not having more mattresses."
Now it's time to say goodbye to the giant slingshot. Number 4 on our list of top roadside attractions is coming up!

Welcome back to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" If you're just joining us, we've been flying all over our great nation to report on the Top Ten Roadside Attractions in Canada.
Eddie the pilot got us from Montreal to here in Nackawick, New Brunswick, 'The Forestry Capital of the World'... and home to a gargantuan axe! It's number 4 on our list!!
Yes, if you're arriving by helicopter as we have, fly over the Nackawick Arena and take a slight right... you can't miss it, just look for the biggest axe in the world.
I make this out to be roughly 15 metres and weighing in at a hefty 55 tons or so.
To get a real feel for what we're looking at right now, imagine an axe that would take 15 people to swing. As a matter of fact, Eddie the pilot tells us that teams of 15 loggers regularly take turns chopping huge swaths of forest land using that giant axe. It is still in use today here, in majestic Nackawick, New Brunswick. 
There's a sign-out book, and if sign out the axe, you're asked to please return the axe as sharp as when you borrowed it.
Fascinating!
Next stop, O'Leary, PEI!!

Welcome back to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We're flying Stingray One to the top ten roadside treasures in Canada.
Our thanks to Eddie the pilot who has been steady Eddie getting us to where we need to be, and on time!
We're hovering over Parkview Avenue in downtown O'Leary, PEI at the Potato Museum.
A big hello to all you folks who came out to see us down there... and thank you so much for the giant "We Love Eddie the Pilot" banner!
We're here to review the giant O'Leary Potato.
We can confirm, it is a very large potato.
There are some other large potato statues, but this world-famous PEI spud has a more interesting past.
That's right, this large potato fell to earth in the early 2000s and has been baffling scientists ever since.
Most of them believe that the giant space potato was sent here by an alien race, but what they can't agree on is whether the space spud was an alien gift, or an act of hostility.
I, for one, welcome our giant potato overlords.
Well, that's number 3 on our list, now we're headed to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and the 2nd greatest roadside attraction in Canada!

It's "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" Eddie the pilot has gotten us to the 2nd greatest roadside attraction in Canada, in beautiful Sydney, Nova Scotia... it's the world's largest fiddle!
We are looking down upon the Sydney Waterfront and a 60 foot fiddle and bow!
We have run the numbers and calculate that it would take 30 people to play that fiddle. It would be a world record of someone were to play a song on that fiddle. 
It has only been attempted once.
25 musicians attempted to play "My Old Cape Breton Home" on the giant fiddle in the Summer of 2012. It was an unusually hot day, and all of the musicians were treated to a feast of clam chowder before the world record attempt. By the end of the failed attempt, several people were hospitalized for dehydration and the waterfront was closed for 7 days while crews cleaned it.
Big Fiddle is number 2, and that means one more stop on our quest to visit the top ten roadside attractions in Canada. Number 1 is next!!!!! 

Welcome back to "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!" We've been flying Stingray One to the top ten roadside treasures in Canada and we've been to 9 places... our final destination is here at Glovers Harbour, Newfoundland to see the number 1 roadside attraction in Canada... the giant squid!
First we want to say hi to the folks we just flew over down at May's Variety (for all your variety store needs)... Eddie, our pilot, got us to a spot called the Giant Squid Interpretation Site where you can learn about this giant squid. It's inspired by an actual squid that fisherman discovered in the 1800s. The statue is actual size, an impressive 55 feet long. 
They say if you stare too long into the squid's eye, he'll steal your mortal soul and you'll be trapped beneath the briny deeps for eternity.
It is a horrifying squid. 
And to think that fishermen encountered a real one that size.. that is the stuff nightmares are made of. What a terrible, terrible Canada Day. 
We'll be back with the top ten recap and final thoughts next on "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!"
 
Thanks very much for being here for our first annual "Scotty and Tony's Canada Day Cross-Country Roadtrip Extravaganza!"
Here's the recap:
10) Digital Orca/ Vancouver, British Columbia
9) World’s Largest Oil Lamp Replica/ Donalda, Alberta
8) World’s Largest Coffee Pot/ Davidson, Saskatchewan
7) World’s Largest Freestanding Banana/ Melita, Manitoba
6) World’s Largest Photo Mosaic/ Port Carling, Ontario
5) Giant Slingshot/ Montreal, Quebec
4) World’s Largest Axe/ Nackawic, New Brunswick
3) Giant Potato/ O’Leary, PE
2) Big Fiddle/ Sydney, Nova Scotia
1) Giant Squid/ Glovers Harbour, Newfoundland
Highlights???
Some nitty gritty:
How was this list compiled? A number of factors went into to this carefully evaluated list. We started getting submissions from towns and cities back in January. Everyone wanted to be a part of this. Our committee put in hundreds of hours deliberating. We're talking about time away from their families, sequestered in secret locations, or doing Zoom Meetings with each other (which is way worse than being sequestered). 
Why wasn't the giant lobster on the list? It was number 11. It just missed!
Maybe next year.
Thanks to Eddie the pilot for flying the helicopter.
And thanks to all you folks working hard at these wonderful sites in our great nation where people can stop, get a picture for their social media, and maybe even learn a thing or two.
If you're part of the Canadian roadside attraction economy, you're getting a tip of the giant foam cowboy hat: SALUUUTE!!!

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