In our pursuit to uncover unique tales of Canadian life, we recently heard about a hilarious new trend that is sweeping the Social scene. Socials are Manitoba’s form of an engagement party, but in Manitoba the couple actually profits from the party. Here is how it works: the couple finds a location, brings food, obtains a one day liquor license, and invites all of their friends to celebrate their engagement. Any and all funds they make on selling drinks goes directly towards the cost of the wedding. Genius, right?
Word of warning: if you ever find yourself attending a social in Manitoba, beware of  “meat-shouldering.” The act of meat-shouldering involves an individual stealthy placing a piece of sandwich meat on a person’s shoulder without getting caught. It is, inevitably, quite amusing to follow the “meat-shouldered” individual around to see how long they last without noticing their newfound Salami friend sitting on their shoulder. Although most Manitobans are familiar with the game, I have been told that Canadian Broadcasting Corporation celebrity host, Jian Ghomeshi, recently attended a social in California where he was shocked and disgusted to discover a piece of sandwich meat on his shoulder. His outburst has been a source of amusement for many Canadians and will, I am certain, only prove to further popularize the meat shouldering movement. 

After further researching this new trend, I have found that the degree of commitment to the game of Meat Shoulder profoundly varies among individuals. To some, this is simply a fun game to be played at social functions. To others, this is a game with strict rules where only the most “adept players will be crowned victorious, and the rest will be left in shame and humiliation.” To all of my American friends who are considering inviting me to their next social function, I may or may not be packing meat. 

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