Yukon Humour Stories

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    Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Spread the word - free peanuts on Park Street

    They say the fastest land mammal of all is the cheetah, capable of running as fast as 120 km/h without breaking a sweat. But “they” are wrong. Read more

    Jul. 10, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-07-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    This is what I think about that - Just saying

    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one. Except Adam and Eve, reportedly. Even a casual glance at Facebook, Twitter, or similar social media platforms confirms a disturbing fact: opinions are actually far more numerous than belly buttons. Read more

    Jul. 03, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    P and Q can make for some perky Saturday hookups

    The last entry in this space provided a platform for a more-or-less true tale of undeserved punishment recalled (and still resented) from the mists of time. Read more

    Jun. 26, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Doug Sack

    Raven kronks, Leprechaun croaks

    I remember my first conversation with Joe Ben Raven like it happened yesterday. It was the winter construction season of 1972-73 up on the Eagle Plains of the Yukon’s half-built Dempster Highway in a borrow pit south of the Oasis in the Wilderness Read more

    Jun. 26, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Asylumkid via

    Co-pilot for a day

    One morning in the mid 1980s, a pilot named Fred came to my house. Since I had only met him on a few occasions at the coffee shop, I wondered why he had come to see me. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Hank Moorlag

    Hours of sunlight

    My wife and I were in Mazatlán, Mexico earlier this year. The timing of the sunrise and sunset got me thinking about the differences in the Yukon and what effects this might have on people. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Pixabay

    A hare-raising tale

    was sitting on the back porch the other day, whittling myself a new pipe, when a rabbit popped out from under a garbage bin and shot across the alley. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    As Granny said, mind your ascenders and descenders

    Anyone who has ever worked in a printing shop, or who has helped teach a youngster learn how to print the alphabet, knows the importance of minding your Ps and Qs. And your Bs and Ds, for that matter... Read more

    Jun. 05, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: mvipond /

    A long time ago, in a lake far away

    I was 12 years old in 1955 when my oldest brother, Robin, went away to university. As siblings in a close-knit family, we had shared many delightful (and less-than) hours around the dinner table. But the six-year difference in our ages meant we... Read more

    May 29, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Gerald Lacroix / Pixabay

    Homesick in Alberta

    I was up in the Yukon last week working with Gwaandak Theatre on a series of radio plays based on legends from Old Crow. It was great to see all my Vuntut Gwich’in relatives and meet the famed Paul Kennedy from the CBC radio program, Ideas... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: WUY file photo/John Henderson

    A raven conspiracy?

    I was reading in the news the other day about the ice bridge in Dawson City and how $200,000 worth of engineers couldn’t figure out why there was no ice forming on their makeshift bridge in the middle of winter. It reminded me of a time back in... Read more

    Mar. 20, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

    So long, smug Victoria. Welcome to Canada.

    The allure of even a well-crafted, lightweight shovel begins to pale after days upon numberless days of snow upon snow upon snow. There is wisdom in the old saw that everybody likes to complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about it... Read more

    Mar. 13, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Comedy Festival

    Focus on the funny folk

    Ricard Eden makes no apology for putting the focus of the Yukon Comedy Festival on the performers as much as on the audience. “We obviously want to bring up talent that residents are going to want to see and we want to make our ticket price... Read more

    Mar. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Seed dreams are made of these

    Beyond the windows of my study/greenhouse, the temperature is still in deficit mode and falling. Another skiff of snow arrived overnight—the dry, fat, fluffy kind I have no trouble ignoring. It will either blow away, or it will not. It doesn’t... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    ‘The greatest living history in the North’

    I was walking through downtown Edmonton, the other day, when an old-timer in curled-up cowboy boots saddled up to me and bummed six bits off of me for a glass of draught. I was so happy to hear that particular vernacular that I almost gave him a... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: James Moore

    Shine those Shoes

    If you’re a budding comedian who’s burning to go on the road with Lars Callieou, pay attention to your appearance. Oh, and don’t forget to show up for the sound check. These are some of the signs of professionalism the Edmonton comic looks for in... Read more

    Dec. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

    At least I’m not a giraffe’s backside this time

    The time-honoured English tradition of the Christmas pantomime (known affectionately as just “panto”) was not part of my childhood. My British father did grow up attending pantos, before going on to become an usher in post-Victorian music halls... Read more

    Dec. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Like porcupine courtship, timing is everything

    Every now and then, a fella happens to hit the sweet spot, even if it is more by good luck than good management. I rest my case on a recent example. Early in the week, I casually mentioned to “Herself” that it was time to consider remounting the... Read more

    Dec. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Percolating with ‘the guys’

    I work with federal inmates at an institution in central Alberta. And of all people, you would think they would know how to make coffee in an old-style coffee percolator. You know the ones ... you put your coffee grounds in a round metal filter... Read more

    Nov. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It’s time for Mr. Green Jeans to hang it all up

    It’s official. Apart from a few hardy species that relish cold weather for some absurd reason, backyard garden 2018 has now been decommissioned. Several less-hardy species—tomatoes, peppers, et alia—clung valiantly to life in their wheeled, rodent... Read more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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