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Scribble Scramble Team C

  • EVERYONE HEAD HERE NOW: An Auspicious Location

    It is ironic to note that although Sir Henry Carnick experienced a dramatic boom bust career, he most highly prized sustained incremental growth.

    In 1913 Sir Henry built a large building near Clarence Square and joined the Steele-Briggs Seed Company, a company that specialized in supplying seed reliable under Canadian conditions. Even before the establishment of federal experimental farms, the company was conducting its own trials, developing its own products, and introducing them through its catalogues.

    Sir Henry Carnik was a true visionary. He was able to foresee a future when some companies could be capable of sustained earning of over $1 million per month! Little did he know that the building that housed his final venture would one day house a company capable of such lofty feats and much more.

    To find your final destination, wrap the paper strip from your handout envelope around a pole. The pole of correct diameter can be found holding up a historic plaque at the northwest corner of a park you likely visited today. Be careful if you walk through the dog off-leash area.

  • Team name: Last Place
  • The Scribble Scramble starts at 1:30 PM Friday. Your first objective is to name your team. When we begin, all clues will be delivered via this steam and any photos you take will be posted here. If you get stuck, this is your life line. Good luck! Your team members are:
    • Brian
    • Heather 
    • Jordan
    • Craig
    • Michelle
  • (1) No biting.

    (2) All secret destinations are no further than 30 meters off the boundaries of Peter St. , Queen St., Front St., Bathurst St.

    (3) If you get stuck post on your blog thingy. (May be slow, so use in only emergencies).

    (4) Remember the first team to finish may not win. It’s not a race!


    (6) Must have WHOLE TEAM in photo. (bonus if you can get stranger to take photo) Post your team’s live blog for next clue.

    (7) Clues aren’t tough, so not to worry. Have fun or else.

  • CLUE: Leprechaun Smuggling

    19th century Toronto was dominated by Irish and Scottish Protestants who had little interest in seeing Irish Catholics gain a foothold in the growing city.

    In 1845, Ireland’s widespread failure of potato crops had led to starvation and mass exodus of over 1 million impoverished Catholic farmers. Many made their way by ship to Toronto only to be turned back by authorities at the immigration centre once housed at Fort York.

    Realizing the opportunity, Sir Henry began work on a way to smuggle the immigrants into the city. He knew of an old tunnel secretly built by soldiers that ran from the Garrison creek sewer on the outskirts of the fort to the basement of a local pub.

    The poor Catholic immigrants could not afford to pay him, so he asked that they worked for him instead. Each immigrant signed a three month contract to dress up in costume and promote the products of local merchants to people on the street. 

    The plan worked beautifully until Sir Henry hit on the idea of a St. Paddy’s day promotion that involved dressing the immigrants up as Leprechauns. Dressed as Leprechauns the police instantly recognized that the immigrants were Catholic and they were deported.

    Find the pub reputed to have a secret tunnel that exists near Fort York and recreate an image from this story. Post the shot to my blog and I’ll give you points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • Read the clue find the photo
  • Trying to email in photos with writer email.
  • No time to troubleshoot/ check email.. please use the app :) Also great job!
  • NEXT CLUE: Dr. Carnik’s Fountain of Youth

    Before Toronto’s rivers were tamed with underground sewers there was once a natural spring in the middle of McDonnell Square.

    Sir Henry Carnik purchased the square in 1907 and built a facility catering to people suffering from a wide range of medical conditions. His large mineral baths were believed to cure “Neurasthenia, Neuritis, Paralysis, Dyspepsia, Obesity” as well as dozens of other ailments including the desire to masturbate.

    He built the best diving tower in the city and regularly attracted top divers from great distances. Legend has it that one of the lifeguards “would sometimes cover his body with lighter fluid and set himself on fire before doing a one and a half flip from the top tower”. 

    On Saturdays, Sir Henry would stage a “Money Scramble” which “consisted of a countdown and the hurling of fistfuls of money into the shallow end of the pool,” to be retrieved by eager children. The pool is reputed to have had close to 1 million visits during its 50 years of operation.

    On Sundays, the facility would close as the area was, and still is considered sacred by many.

    Today a large building stands on the square. Take a team photo in front of the building’s dramatic front entrance and post the shot to my blog and I’ll give you points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • I can't believe you are already at the Wellington getting shit faced.
  • Shouldn't you be helping your team, Matt? :)
  • Dramatic! Clue on the way..
  • NEXT CLUE: User Generated Incontinence

    Sir Henry was a true visionary who in many ways foresaw the social media revolution of the 21st century. In 1876, at the great personal cost of $1 million he built The Occidental Hall, a space where people could come together and share pictures, text, voice and cooked meats.

    To facilitate social networking he installed state of the art mobile technology such as interactive platforms and couches fitted with medium casters. The venture was a big hit with the Masons who were looking for a space to host their virtuous community.

    Over the years, the hall catered to a wide range of steak holders from Masons to strippers, to teenaged music fans. Today the building is no longer purple and is home to a retailer of stately art furniture.

    Take a team photo in front of the building reenacting a scene from its illustrious past. Post the shot to my blog and I’ll give you points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • NEXT CLUE: Puppets of Dubious Character

    The earliest record we have of Sir Henry Carnik is the signed order he placed in 1843 with the Toronto Puppetorium for 100 compact traveling puppet theatres and 437 “puppets of dubious character”. 

    We also have a copy of the contract he signed with over 100 members of the United Empire Bijou Thespian Guild. Apparently for three months, Sir Henry sent out his tiny theatres to people’s homes, every day but Sunday, and had his puppeteers perform the daily news.

    He dressed his puppets in miniature replicas of suits sold by a prominent Toronto haberdasher in what is now recognized as the earliest example of product placement in news media. Unfortunately, sweat from the puppeteers hands caused the suits to shrink and look uncomfortable to the point where a contract with the haberdasher never materialized.

    Sir Henry was unable to pay the furious puppeteers and was forced into hiding. He is reputed to have hid in the Standard Theatre for two years watching up to 1 million movies.

    The theatre is long gone but The Hideout is still there. Locate Sir Henry’s hideout, take a team photo in front of the building reenacting a scene this torrid tale. Post the shot to my blog and I’ll give you points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • Ah this one is so good! Clue coming up..
  • NEXT CLUE: Targeted Marketing 19th Century Style

    In 1844, Sir Henry launched a service he branded “targeted marketing”. He claimed the service would “afford the modern industrialist the opportunity to extend branded messages to carefully selected clientele”.

    He then rented a hotel room directly above the main entrance to a bar below. He hired a crew of street urchins to lean out the hotel room window and drop bird seed into the brim of any top hat that passed underneath. Exiting patrons rich enough to afford a top hat would soon encounter a flock of hungry pigeons that Sir Henry had literally branded corporate messages on. Over 1 million bird seeds were employed during the highly unconventional campaign.

    Though the technique was effective it was not well received and Sir Henry was soon forced to buy rounds of drinks for a throng of angry bar patrons. Unable to pay his bar tab, a fight ensued and he ended up being struck by the bartender so forcefully that he lay unconscious for a week and was bed ridden for a further five.

    If you don’t think this is a complete load of bull, find the bar where this black tale took place, reenact a scene and post the shot to my blog for points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • Remember foto only please.
  • wow, are you guys recruiting from other teams now?
  • Beauty! Clue coming up..
  • NEXT CLUE: A Whale of a Tale

    In 1872 the body of a whale washed up on the shoreline of Nova Scotia. Instantly realizing the profound business opportunity, Sir Henry Carnik arranged a $3,000 loan to have the carcass packed in ice and shipped by rail to Union Station in Toronto. He quickly built a building, packed it with ice, shoved in the whale and sold tickets. It was an overwhelming success!

    Sir Henry was far ahead of his time for he realized that content is king. Instinctively, he knew that it was what was inside the whale that really mattered, and so he installed a full time barber. Up to 20 people at a time would pay to stand inside the mouth of the whale and wait their turn to get a shave or haircut.

    Despite ongoing decomposition the attraction ran successfully for five years until it finally went viral and had to be shut down. Curiously, the public taste for whale did not diminish as whale meat was a staple on sale at the market which opened up on the same spot shortly after the zoo closed.

    Named after a saint, the market which in its heyday was of comparable size to the St. Lawrence Market, is thought to have served over one million customers until it was demolished in 1932.

    Today the southern section of the square is a park and is right across the street from a discount hardware store. You may need to take your thinking cap off to solve this one...

    Find the grassy park, reenact a scene from this whale tail and post the shot to my blog for points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • NEXT CLUE: Revigorator Revivals

    Having recently experienced poor sales with his radioactive suppositories, Sir Henry Carnik realized he needed much more than just premium shelf space at the local apothecaries. He needed a way to directly engage the public with the product.

    In 1906, he approached Robert Falconer, owner of the Falconer Hotel, and convinced him to host “Revigorator Revivals”, evenings where the public would be exposed to free samples of “Radium water” as well as taught the remarkable health benefits of radioactivity. At the time it was claimed that “radiation prevents insanity, rouses noble emotions, retards old age, and creates a splendid joyous life”

    Companies sold radioactive hair tonic, face cream, toothpaste (for a glowing smile), blankets, soap, candy, chocolate bars, earplugs, hearing aids, laxatives, contraceptives, and countless other products that were credited with curing everything from pimples to high blood pressure to arthritis, gout, constipation and chronic diarrhea.

    Sir Henry’s Revigorater was a water jug made from highly radioactive material which allowed him to legally claim that his water was “CERTIFIED RADIOACTIVE”. Some unscrupulous competitors actually had their products confiscated by the authorities for failing to exhibit the claimed levels of radiation.

    The Falconer Hotel was renamed for the street it still stands on and operated under that name until 1997 when it became a hostel. Find the recently closed hostel, reenact a scene from this glowing story and post the shot to my blog for points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • Nice lighting in this one! Clue on the way..
  • NEXT CLUE: Auto Polo

    In 1913 the newly formed Ontario Motor League, forerunner of the C.A.A, placed Sir Henry Carnik in charge of promoting its public image. Sir Henry knew he needed something spectacular! Perhaps a sport? Something that could one day draw in over one million people a month!

    At the time “Auto Potato Races” were gaining popularity. Teams consisted of a driver and a “forkman” who’s job was to skewer potatoes lying on the ground as the car raced by. Instead Sir Henry decided to import the newly formed sport of “Auto Polo”. Teams consisted of two vehicles per side, each equipped with a driver and a mallet-man who used his mallet to drive an 8” inflated leather ball into the opposing team’s goal.

    After seeing the first match The Telegram ran the headline “Undertakers hot for auto polo,” declaring that “anybody with a suspicion of heart disease in his pedigree should keep away from auto polo matches”.

    The second round of matches took place the next Monday, giving the players all of Sunday to recover from their injuries, rest they likely needed as Monday games were played at night to increase the excitement.

    Today there is no evidence of the sport to be found other than the now dog friendly square is still surrounded by the original one way roads on three sides, and you can still buy gas across the street. Find the grassy park, reenact a sporting highlight and post the shot to my blog for points towards the BIG PRIZE as well as more clues!

  • In case you haven't figured it out yet.. 49 Spadina, second floor!!
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