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2002-11-18 06:40:04 PM  
What is a "salt potato"?
2002-11-18 06:40:52 PM  
Also, I'd like to point out that I had the post that is furthest from last.
2002-11-18 06:42:31 PM  
Hey man, I can dig it

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2002-11-18 06:42:46 PM  
Lard t'underin! Where's dey all gonna sit, b'y?
2002-11-18 06:43:54 PM  
hehehe, BJ wholesale club. I just can't get over that.
2002-11-18 06:46:01 PM  
Since they said they'd be using so much of hotdogs, potatoes, catsup, mustard, and butter, I'm assuming the potatoes are in a form to use the butter (unless NYers put butter on their dogs). So my guess is a "salt potatoe" is a baked or boiled whole potatoe w/ salt.
2002-11-18 06:48:32 PM  
The weird thing is that I'm a New Yorker and I've never heard of a salt potato. Sounds good though--I like salt, I like potatoes, and if it includes butter, even better.
2002-11-18 06:48:43 PM  
Sweet. Won't "amount to a hill of beans" in the grand scheme of things, but it's just flat out nice to see this sort of thing pop up from time to time.

Which occurrence, of course, will not even come close to stopping Farkers from turning this into a thread that somehow deals with kittens.

And B.0.0.b.i.e.s.

And Dr. Pepper.
2002-11-18 06:48:53 PM  
May I recommend a subway party sub. mmmmmm subway
2002-11-18 06:49:02 PM  
Well, not my cup of tea meal-wise, but a nice gesture.

I'm sure no matter what a "salt potato" is, it can't be more disguting than what was eaten here.

2002-11-18 06:49:41 PM  

"Hey we have this great idea, except we need someone to pay for it, and it's not such a great idea after all, but it will get us a lot of publicity, so will you please pay for it?"
2002-11-18 06:49:55 PM  
i heard Dr. Slice and Mr. Pibb were planning to sabotage the event.
2002-11-18 06:51:48 PM  
All you Canada-bashers- just remember that on Sept 11th 2001, Canadians went all out to help REAL victims.
2002-11-18 06:53:57 PM  
what the fook are you babbling about gator?
2002-11-18 06:54:26 PM  
Salt potatoes are nothing more small (also known as "new") potatoes boiled in ... get this, salt. Usually smothered in butter.
2002-11-18 06:54:33 PM  
"We plan to buy dinner for everyone in town, except that dinner will consist of hot dogs and some salty ass potatoes, which they normally wouldn't eat if you put a gun to their heads, but if we get some sponsors maybe we can get them to eat that shiat on live television and sell it to the networks. But someone needs to step up and give us money so we can get these idiots to eat the hot dogs on farking national television, okay?"
2002-11-18 06:57:21 PM  
Newfoundland, eh?

Better start boiling the salted pork fat, fiddleheads and dried cod now, or you're never gonna make the Newfies happy.

Newfoundland has some farked up food. They eat the wholesomely Canadaian french fries and gravy, but they put ground beef and turkey stuffing on it (a.k.a. dressing). Hmm..

Newfoundland rules, though.
2002-11-18 06:57:48 PM  
Wow man, sounded like a nice gesture to me. Sure its not filet mignon and champagne, but its still a nice thing to do.

Glad you pointed out the real killers, OJ.
2002-11-18 06:59:44 PM  
There's a Newfoundland curled up in my living room at this very moment. Check that..he's licking himself.
2002-11-18 07:04:41 PM  
Werd up to my homies in Newfundlan'.

We roxxorz.

Peace out.
2002-11-18 07:08:11 PM  
Gator8387, I bet you molest dogs and kick small children , don't you? (Or is that kick dogs and molest small children? I forget...)

Look, someone is saying THANK YOU to a bunch of people who deserve it. Maybe they could do a fancier meal, but then they'd have to have choices for people who couldn't eat some of the food. Have you given any thought to how much this is gonna cost? Even if they get food and transportation for free, it's gonna be a job to put together and get it there.

They're being generous and kind.
2002-11-18 07:13:48 PM  
Fiddleheads (Baby ferns basicly) are great, so are ployes (Buckwheat pancakes rolled up with buttah, sorta). I can find the buckwheat flour in the hell that is Omaha, NE. The problem is finding fiddleheads...
2002-11-18 07:16:40 PM  
i am a newfoundlander (in st. john's though) and i did similar stuff at a local high school that was shut down for a week to shelter passengers. the students and teachers as well as their families looked after a whole lot of people for a week, and it felt good to know that even though none of us could stop the evil people in the world, at least we could help some of the people affected by them. we did all kinds of stuff, set up beds, entertained poeple's kids, hugged people who needed it, cooked and cleaned for them, translated for people who didn't speak english... you name it. we get christmas cards from 2 guys in particular that my mom and dad hung out with a good bit during that time. stores donated free bedding, cable company and phone company came in a set up free internet and long distance so people could get in touch with their families... because the newfoundland way of life was stick together of die for a few hundred years, it has become something we do naturally. its nice that someone is saying a big thank you like that.
2002-11-18 07:22:04 PM  
Woohoo! a post about my little island! I feel so validated as a human being!


*pops black horse and eats roast chicken chips*
2002-11-18 07:25:02 PM  

Real victims? You mean those inconvenienced airplane passengers that were all rerouted to Canada?

Yup, those were real victims, alright.
2002-11-18 07:25:09 PM  
I am sorry, and you all are right.

Feeding these people some farking hot dogs is a noble gesture, even if it didn't provide some free exposure, and even if they didn't beg from the public to provide it.

I know that my firm will be privileged to provide these poor downtrodden good folk with hot dogs and salt potatoes, and expect nothing in return.

[Gator {tm} being the Official Provider of non-bovine foodstuffs {no disparagement of porcine foodstuffs implied}]
2002-11-18 07:25:16 PM  
Since they're serving hotdogs, shouldn't the tag be
2002-11-18 07:26:02 PM  
That is so cool.......

I lived in Gander for 4 years back in the 80's. It is all they say about it, except there's no work.. :(
2002-11-18 07:29:56 PM  
Gator8387, let me express it in terms you can understand:

You. Are. A. Twit.

Get it? Got it? Good.
2002-11-18 07:30:44 PM  
Hey Count....... roast chicken chips freakin RULE.. :)
2002-11-18 07:33:10 PM  
Wow, I am so engergized!!

If only you people will contribute to my cause, I can feed these worthy people some hot dogs and salt potatoes!!

Please give until you bleed,
it is for a worthy cause (feeding some innocent people farking hot dogs, that is).
2002-11-18 07:37:15 PM  
This is farking insane:

Intelligent, articulate women. Why do smart women feel they have to hide their intelligence from guys to get their attention?
Sexy, intelligent, articulate women. Best kind!"

Is that funny or what?
2002-11-18 07:37:15 PM  
anybody taking cash contributions to help out with costs? I could send $$$. Maybe Farkers could start a fund?
2002-11-18 07:39:44 PM  
You can stop at any time now Gator8387. You've proven to everyone already what a jerk you are.
2002-11-18 07:42:12 PM  
Yes they do.. you know what else kick ass? Toutans, cod tongues, gravel pits, BBQ'd bologna, Kitchen Patries, Being able to say "Indeed I is, me old cock!" and be understood, George Street, and despite the vast distances between Canada and France, small boats carry booze and cigarettes two Newfoundland on a regular basis. :)
2002-11-18 07:43:53 PM  
count farkula, do i know you? townie? age? elaborate somewhat.
2002-11-18 07:48:26 PM  
Townie. 25. male. Now you know too much. Tonight you sleep with the fishes... wait.. you do that anyway.. :P

Do I know you?

(By the way, to anyone not from newfoundland, this is typical newfie talk: "Oh you're the same city as me! I must know you!" )

...except in newfoundland, you usually do. :)
2002-11-18 07:51:10 PM  

On December 1, I will provide prime rib for everyone in the United States, providing that I get the necessary donations.
2002-11-18 07:52:49 PM  

Now you've upset many vegetarians, and all cows.

You can't win.
2002-11-18 08:03:05 PM  
i smell a PETA photoshop debacle. oh wait, there's no meat in hot dogs.

j/k, this is uber cool of these people.
2002-11-18 08:10:49 PM  
this is a fun game.
(its true, in st. john's you probably do know the other person, at least someone in common.)
tell me some poeple you knock around with and what local bands (if any) do you enjoy?
2002-11-18 08:15:45 PM  
Count... I've been Screeched about 15 times, and yes I've been to snotty cuffs.. :) Also got laid on Signal hill bout a dozen times.. :) I'm bout due for a good scoff.. :)
2002-11-18 08:16:44 PM  
I just today finished reading the book "The Day the World Came to Town" - the story of Gander and the surrounding communities for the week after American airspace. Its was wrote by an American who was among the stranded. It was interesting to read about my hometown from an outsiders prospective :) Its interesting to see it show up here as well, one of them wierd co-incidences.
2002-11-18 08:21:26 PM  
I forgot to add.... Troutin' at the Exploits for mud trout and salman is the thing I miss most.. :(
2002-11-18 08:43:03 PM  
LARD TUNDERIN' GEESUS!!!Who's gonna do dem dishes by???And don't furgets me KETCHUP!!!Dem gonna be some good eatin'...I's the by that build the boat and I's the by that sails er...EH!!!
2002-11-18 09:00:26 PM  

that's funny that you mention local bands.. I'm working on Shanneyganock's website now.. they are friends of mine.. I also dig silverseed, mark bragg, Persona (Mike Davies) and my favourite place to hang is at the billion dollar blues jam on suday nights..
2002-11-18 09:10:30 PM  
Here's a joke for special folk...What's the definition of a Cape Bretoner??? A Newfie that run out of money on his way to Toronto!!!
2002-11-18 09:11:19 PM  
"Next September"?

I want it now! I'm HONNNGRY!!!
2002-11-18 09:13:50 PM  
So when's the St. John's Fark party?
2002-11-18 09:17:31 PM  
Good plan ryan.. when IS the St. John's Fark party.. there seems to be enough of us here to drink.. ME anyway.. I have a digital camera,.. could be fun. :)
2002-11-18 09:24:58 PM  
And for entertainment...
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Okay now I'm getting on my nerves!!!
2002-11-18 10:11:04 PM  
Im in Newfoundland too! Jeez, theres lots of us! Lets get together and have ourselves a fark party on George Street!!!
e-mail me at: are­d­he­l­[nospam-﹫-backwards]adan­a­c­*c­o­m and we'll try to get this thing together! WOO!
2002-11-18 10:14:53 PM  
And any Americans who'll be by, keep in mind, you've only gotta be 19 to drink here! hah! And George Street is famous with 41 bars on it!
are­d­he­l­[nospam-﹫-backwards]adanac­*com Newfie Fark Party!!
2002-11-18 10:33:49 PM  
Oh you might think it's goofy, but the man on the moon is a newfie!
2002-11-18 11:05:39 PM  

This meal and the associated media attention is positive in my opinion because it directly and implicitly acknowledges the hard work and spirit of the people of Newfoundland.

The planned meal may help tourism and improve general North American awareness of the city and the province. It's no all-encompassing panacea but the initiative perhaps provides potential economic opportunities. These opportunities are scarce for many of the province; unemployment is extremely high and has been for many years.


Sure, the people who planned the event and the sponsors may have wanted to see their names in the paper; but this is the way business in North America is run - you expect to see little else in the paper.

This sort of "charity" has been the foundation of sporting event sponsorship and most any industry has an associated "non-profit" association attached to it that is not required to pay taxes. It's a fact of life and it's deeply ingrained in our culture.

2002-11-19 12:17:18 AM  
How about a fark party on George St. some time around Christmas? I'm in Ottawa right now but will be in St. John's ust before and after Christmas.
2002-11-19 12:27:49 AM  
The irony here is the fact that these Canadians were kind and helped people, while our good American citizens were gouging travelers for hotel rooms and bottled water, gotta give you a warm fuzzy.
2002-11-19 01:06:39 AM  
Gander had a ceremony a year later, which I saw live on TV. It was moving to see a young Gander girl sing our national anthem. She did it a lot better than most kids from the States!
2002-11-19 01:27:33 AM  
As someone who took a couple of diverted old bags into my house after the attacks for a few nights, I agree with you gator.
2002-11-19 01:29:29 AM  
Also, it's nice to see so many locals posting here. I wouldn't have guessed.
2002-11-19 08:17:33 AM  
Too bad it takes such horrible events to bring us together. USA. specifically Boston helped halifax during a terrible harbour explosion in Dec 6, 1917. 2 large ships carrying munitions collided in the harbour. The Mont Blanc drifted by a Halifax pier, brushing the Imo and setting it ablaze. Members of the Halifax Fire Department responded quickly, and were positioning their engine up to the nearest hydrant when the Mont Blanc disintegrated in a blinding white flash, creating the biggest man-made explosion before the nuclear age. It was 9:05am.

Over 1,900 people were killed immediately; within a year the figure had climbed well over 2,000. Around 9,000 more were injured, many permanently; 325 acres, almost all of north-end Halifax, were destroyed.

There were about 20 minutes between the collision and the explosion at 9:05. It was enough time for spectators, including many children, to run to the waterfront to watch the ship burning, thus coming into close range. It was enough time for others to gather at windows, and thus an exceptionally large number of people were injured by flying glass -- 1,000 unfortunate survivors sustained eye damage.

Thursday, December 6, 1917, dawned bright and clear in Halifax. World War I raged in Europe, and the port city was busy with the movement of war ships carrying troops, relief supplies and munitions.

Around eight that morning, the Belgian relief ship Imo left its mooring in Bedford Basin and headed for open sea. At about the same time, the French ship Mont Blanc was heading up the harbour to moor, awaiting a convoy to accompany her across the Atlantic. A convoy was essential; this small, barely seaworthy vessel was carrying a full cargo of explosives. Stored in the holds, or simply stacked on deck, were 35 tons of benzol, 300 rounds of ammunition, 10 tons of gun cotton, 2,300 tons of picric acid (used in explosives), and 400,000 pounds of TNT.

The Imo, a much larger and faster ship than the Mont Blanc, passed into the Narrows. She was travelling fast, and too close to Dartmouth when the Mont Blanc first spotted her. The Mont Blanc, not flying the regulation red flag to indicate she was carrying explosives, signalled that she was in her correct channel; the Imo, however, signalled that she was intending to bear even further to port, closer to Dartmouth and further into the Mont Blanc's channel. The Mont Blanc signalled again that she was still intending to pass to starboard; she was by this time very close to the Dartmouth shore and travelling "dead slow."

The Imo, however, did not swing towards Halifax, as the Mont Blanc expected; she signalled instead that she was maintaining her course. The Mont Blanc, perhaps wrongly, saw only one course open -- to swing to port, towards Halifax, across the bows of the Imo, and thus pass starboard to starboard.

Perhaps the ships might have passed without incident, but the Imo signalled "full speed astern." So did the Mont Blanc, but it was too late. Reversing her engines caused the Imo's bow to swing right, and it struck the Mont Blanc -- missing the TNT, but striking the picric acid stored directly beneath the drums of benzol on deck. The impact cut a wedge in the Mont Blanc's side, and struck deadly sparks.

The crew of the Mont Blanc, aware of their cargo, immediately took to the lifeboats, screaming warnings that no one heeded. They rowed for Dartmouth, leaving the now furiously burning ship to drift towards Halifax, propelled in that direction by the Imo's impact.

The Mont Blanc drifted by a Halifax pier, brushing it and setting it ablaze. Members of the Halifax Fire Department responded quickly, and were positioning their engine up to the nearest hydrant when the Mont Blanc disintegrated in a blinding white flash, creating the biggest man-made explosion before the nuclear age. It was 9:05am.

Over 1,900 people were killed immediately; within a year the figure had climbed well over 2,000. Around 9,000 more were injured, many permanently; 325 acres, almost all of north-end Halifax, were destroyed.

Much of what was not immediately levelled burned to the ground, aided by winter stockpiles of coal in cellars. As for the Mont Blanc, all 3,000 tons of her were shattered into little pieces that were blasted far and wide. The barrel of one of her cannons landed three and a half miles away; part of her anchor shank, weighing over half a ton, flew two miles in the opposite direction. Windows shattered 50 miles away, and the shock wave was even felt in Sydney, Cape Breton, 270 miles to the north-east.

There were about 20 minutes between the collision and the explosion at 9:05. It was enough time for spectators, including many children, to run to the waterfront to watch the ship burning, thus coming into close range. It was enough time for others to gather at windows, and thus an exceptionally large number of people were injured by flying glass -- 1,000 unfortunate survivors sustained eye damage.

Not surprisingly, hospitals were unable to cope with so many wounded. There was also a desperate need for housing, and the misery was compounded by the blizzard that struck the city the following day, dumping 16 inches of snow over the ruins and their sooty, oily covering.

With astounding speed, relief efforts were set in motion. Money poured in from as far away as China and New Zealand. The Canadian government gave $18 million, the British government almost $5 million, but most Haligonians remember the generosity of the state of Massachusetts, which donated $750,000 in money and goods and gave unstintingly in volunteer assistance through the Massachusetts-Halifax Relief Committee. To this day, Halifax sends an annual Christmas tree to the city of Boston in gratitude.

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2002-11-19 10:10:05 AM  
Holy crap. Whenever there's a link related to Newfie-land, the natives come crawling out of the woodwork. I'm a Newfie, too, in Chicago for 5 years now. I'll be in St. John's at Xmas, we'll see where the Fark party's to!

PS: anybody who knows me from Newfoundland would know who I am from my not-so-imaginative fark id.
2002-11-19 10:36:20 AM  
*sigh*. Once again, posted late on a dead forum.
2002-11-19 11:25:14 AM  
You can stop at any time now Gator8387. You've proven to everyone already what a jerk you are.

I don't think he can tell...

This is farking insane:

Just my personal experience. But, you wouldn't understand, having never spoken to a woman before, right?

BTW, you are listed in the dislikes section, but you are too stupid to know that.
2002-11-19 11:48:41 AM  
Canadians are cool. ;-)

Aussies are cool too, they don't have the superiority complex that most Limeys have.
2002-11-19 12:15:38 PM  
Yup, real victims, as opposed to lazy-ass complainers whose feelings were hurt on that day. Those who did nothing to help anyone, but made a lot of loud noises about war and nuking. The self-proclaimed, woe-is-me victims.
The victims helped by Canadians were embroiled in the events of the day, without even being in geographical proximity to those events. They were indeed victims, and they were real. Fortunately for them it was only inconvenience they were subjected to rather than death of themselves or friends/family. Stick your sarcasm up your homeland security bit... o better yet up your arse.r
2002-11-19 12:18:14 PM  
"...Being able to say "Indeed I is, me old cock!" and be understood..."


2002-11-19 08:01:36 PM  
I's Da By dat builds da boat, and I's da by dat sails 'er,
I's da by dat catches the fish and brings dem home to Lizer.
2002-11-20 01:54:33 PM  
Hrm, 10000 hotdogs.. how many hotdogs are sold at your average baseball or football game? Id be willing to bet its a bucketload more than 10,000.. lets assume each dog is gonna cost them $1 (food costs, cooking costs, condiments, etc), $10k aint that much.. even at $10/dog, $100k aint that much for a catering company, when theyve got catering companies and airlines willing to sponsor them..
As for location, any stadium would do?
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