Vancouver, Canada is in the news in a big way right now for all sorts of Olympics-related reasons: A pillar supporting the Olympic cauldron malfunctioned during the opening night ceremonies, the Olympic flame outside was surrounded by prison-like chicken-wire, a Georgian luger met with a horrifying fatal accident, and ice dancers continued to perform in spectacularly tone-deaf “folk” costumes. (Yes, I know one of those things is too sad to be lumped in with the others. Sorry about that.)
Of course, lots of amazing Olympic things happened in Vancouver too: Shaun White’s spectacular post-win half-pipe run, Canadian mogul skier Alexandre Bilodeau’s heart-warming gold ending his country’s unlucky streak on home turf, US figure skater Evan Lysacek breaking decades-long Russian dominance in the sport (although we were totally rooting for Weir, btw), and South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum won that country’s first Winter gold medal on his birthday…just to name a few.
But when it’s not hosting the Olympics, Vancouver’s also known as home to Nickelback, “one of the most criticized bands in popular music,” according the band’s OWN WIKI. The band’s sold a billion records though, and probably wear shirts woven from the finest unicorn hairs to insulate their egos from all the mockery. Or at least caved in and bought that “new tour bus full of old guitars/ My own star on Hollywood boulevard“… actually, did you know they’ve got a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame? True story. I guess that song wasn’t satire after all?
A few weeks ago, a woman named Coral Anne launched a Facebook campaign with a very simple goal: Getting a simple dill pickle to snag more fans than the official Facebook page for Nickelback. In the way that tends to happen on Facebook, it quickly went from a simple inside joke to a viral campaign that saw hundreds of thousands of people siding with the pickle.
But unlike many Facebook gags of this nature, it just kept going. Last night, it finally happened: The pickle managed to top Nickelback. The current count for the pickle is 1,481,561 fans (and counting), eclipsing the band’s 1,422,156.
So let’s recap:
1. Vancouver’s got a lot going on right now
2. Nickelback is from Vancouver
4. Nickelback is draining Vancouver’s popularity
Oh, Canadia! We’re so sorry.