Parody of a Minute: the B52

Genius in a cocktail glass

Maclean’s is partnering with the Historica-Dominion Institute to celebrate the return of the Heritage Minutes. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring the most memorable Minutes, along with a few illustrious parodies, and a sneak peek of the brand new Minute set to be released on Oct. 15 for the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Rick Mercer has been a long time viewer of the Heritage Minutes, making parodies of them for the Mercer Report that include riffs on Canada’s bad timing, our passion for fighting over hockey, and notable inventions such as plastic garbage bags, men and women bathroom signs—and the B52 (the drink, that is):

Famous last words: “Ah, it’ll never work. We have three things that just don’t mix…”

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