The top 15 tweets from Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly
One needn't go very far into Norm Kelly's Twitter feed to be entertained by the hilarious musings on Toronto culture, life in general, ice cream and (quite often) Drake that the Ward 40 Councillor broadcasts daily.
A mix of slice-of-life ponderings and topical everyman's humour, Norm's no holds barred Twitter strategy is something of a novelty in mainstream politics, and is often met with confused looks and a 'can it really be him tweeting that?' head scratch.
In light of last week's #DeadRaccoonTO fracas (and considering Kelly's significant hand in the ensuing Twitter storm), I had to ask Norm straight-up who writes his tweets, and he says it's all him, and that it's fuelled by his voracious appetite for reading (he reads four newspapers daily) and incessant interest in Toronto's pop culture.
He says he "keeps [his] eyes and ears open" and has always been interested in alternative culture - back to his days reading comic books and pulp literature.
The youngest of five kids from Scarborough, he claims that being the baby in the family gave him a "wide range of opportunities" to run free, and presumably discover his love for comedy. Although he's been told that his tweets come off with a satirical bent at times, he insists it's just his style of humour.
So what's the tweet that he's most proud of? Predictably...
Two thumbs up to that one, but given the gold that lies buried in Kelly's account, I dredged through his thread and pulled out some of my all time favourites. You can find them embedded below. And, yes, Drake appears frequently, but so too does Toronto in general.
These are my top Norm Kelly tweets in no particular order.
That watery ketchup which comes out the bottle before the real stuff sucks. It's 2015, someone do something about it.— Norm Kelly (@norm) June 6, 2015
Don't get in a revolving door with a stranger. It's weird.— Norm Kelly (@norm) June 4, 2015
Imagine Twitter undeleted everyone's deleted tweets.— Norm Kelly (@norm) June 12, 2015
Overheard someone use 'on fleek' today. Checked the definition. i.e. My garden will be on fleek after I clean it up pic.twitter.com/0wMwMbzDmZ— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 7, 2015
Good thing this sign is here. Wouldn't have known what these devices are. pic.twitter.com/17sjWxftBT— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 8, 2015
Please don't be available in Canada. pic.twitter.com/pxoP9pOdGG— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 7, 2015
This little icon in the bottom of tweets is the worst. Many people followed accidentally when swiping through tweets. pic.twitter.com/qKvwmUCIrc— Norm Kelly (@norm) May 26, 2015
Who wore it better: Don Cherry or the produce section of your local grocery store? pic.twitter.com/bSmXoteOP6— Norm Kelly (@norm) June 14, 2015
In case you wondered what coffee looks like after sitting for a month. pic.twitter.com/dknu5dDGsd— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 8, 2015
No, Jay-Z does not get preferential treatment on the HOV lanes.— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 9, 2015
Cashews are the Rolls-Royce of the nut world.— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 6, 2015
#ThingsIGetAlot Emails from Nigerian Princes offering me millions of dollars.— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 3, 2015
Know someone that was complaining about the warm weather we were experiencing? Blame this on them. pic.twitter.com/TzuOMImxVd— Norm Kelly (@norm) May 23, 2015
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