The Throne of Prince George has been claimed at last
May 11, 2019 10:46 AM   Subscribe

In February 2013, the Prince George Citizen (local paper of Prince George, British Columbia) was running a special offer on classified ads: pay a one-time fee, and your "for sale" ad would run indefinitely until your wares sold. Prince George resident Larry Johnson decided to sell off a hand-carved wooden throne he'd purchased at an antique fair years earlier. With an initial asking price of "$5000 firm" (later reduced to $1000), the ad stayed in the paper for more than six years, beloved by some of the paper's readers and derided by others. Now, the throne has finally been sold to Prince George's BX Pub. Naturally, the Prince George Citizen has the story. The CBC has more, including an audio interview with former Steward of the Throne Larry Johnson.
posted by duffell (12 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
Canada is so much more civilized than Westeros.
posted by otherchaz at 11:00 AM on May 11 [6 favorites]


Johnson put it up for sale in the Prince George Citizen classifieds in 20013 for a one-time fee on an indefinite schedule.

A dozen years later, it finally sold.


What year is it?!
posted by starfishprime at 11:13 AM on May 11 [12 favorites]


20025, obvs.
posted by darkstar at 12:05 PM on May 11 [4 favorites]


> in 20013 for a one-time fee on an indefinite schedule.

> A dozen years later, it finally sold.


Time flows differently up north . . .
posted by flug at 12:20 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]


Time flows differently up north . . .

I've heard it whirls down the time toilet in the opposite direction.
posted by duffell at 12:32 PM on May 11 [2 favorites]


I've been through Prince George a number of times [it's the highway hub for northern BC so if you're headed (by road, at least) for where I live in Southeast Alaska you don't have a lot of other options..] Six years passing in the outside world probably would feel like twelve there so that part checks out as far as I'm concerned.

[note: my experiences in the rest of BC have mostly ranged from 'pleasant enough' to 'delightful' and you have to pass through Prince George to reach the Skeena River valley, one of the loveliest drives in a province which has abundant majestic scenery, but somehow Prince George itself never fails to be awful in some way, ranging from overnight burglary of our vehicle to aggressive harassment from random passers-by on the street. At this point I go out of our my to avoid stopping there, which is not especially easy.]
posted by Nerd of the North at 1:04 PM on May 11 [3 favorites]


The Throne of Prince George has been claimed at last
Now, brother king, farewell, and sit you fast
posted by little onion at 1:37 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]


in 20013 for a one-time fee on an indefinite schedule.

A dozen years later, it finally sold.

Time flows differently up north . . .

I've heard it whirls down the time toilet in the opposite direction.


RCMP Inspector Justin Thyme has spent nearly a year on the Chrono-Commode in Prince George, patiently preparing. Soon he will arise and find himself a millenium and a half in the past. His mission: prevent a crime that will have been committed in 519 AD that will have been threatening the founding of Canada.
posted by otherchaz at 2:15 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]


And so, thanks to his temporal meddling, the Mutant Poutine wars began.
posted by delfin at 3:31 PM on May 11 [2 favorites]


Can we please have a MetaFilter meetup in Northern BC? I will bring snacks.
posted by Verg at 4:20 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]


I am from a bit North of Prince George so this has been all over my Facebook feed for a bit now. I hadn't heard of the throne before but my friends back home clearly had. Several of them were very excited about going to the BX to check it out in person.
posted by jacquilynne at 4:35 PM on May 11 [1 favorite]


Not often you see a local newspaper use the term cathedra.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:53 PM on May 12


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