Nation builders, titans of industry and great thinkers; brilliant writers, movie stars and sports heroes; dirty scoundrels, pirates and hooligans--from the famous and infamous to the nearly forgotten, the great and not-so-great alike have marked Canada's history in weird and wonderful ways:
* Before Guy Laliberte was the billionaire genius behind Cirque du Soleil, he was a fire breather on the streets of Quebec City
* When she was just 12 years old, Rachel Zimmerman invented a computer program that later won her a job with NASA
* William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's longest-serving prime minister and firm believer in the occult, always made sure to consult the spirit of his dead dog before deciding important matters of state
* Samuel Bronfman built a liquor empire by smuggling booze into the United States out of Montreal during Prohibition; one of his loyal customers was crime kingpin Al Capone
* ''Black Bart'' Roberts terrorized the coast of Newfoundland in the 18th century with his ruthless band of pirates, capturing hundreds of ships
* Mary Pickford was ''America's Sweetheart,'' the most beloved movie actress of the silent film era; the only thing is, she was born in Toronto!
* Moe Norman, from Kitchener, Ontario, had one of the ugliest golf swings ever on the pro tour, but neither his strange technique nor autism prevented him from winning more than 50 tournaments in his career
* Bernie Ebbers, a former milkman from Edmonton, engineered one of the world's largest corporate swindles where investors lost $100 billion
* Howard Dill, a self-taught geneticist from Windsor, Nova Scotia, started an international giant-pumpkin-growing craze with his patented ''Dills Atlantic Pumpkin'' seeds that have produced pumpkins weighing more than 750 kilos.