2. At the University of Toronto I talked to a student there and I mentioned seeing the word "loonies" on a video game in a bar nearby. I told her that in America a loony is a lunatic, that the word means that someone is nuts. She said it used to mean that in Canada too, but the meaning changed when the coins were introduced.
In 1984, after the popularity of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgersskyrocketed thanks to the runaway success of it's 1983 TV commercial, which featured actress Claire Pellar asking the question "Where's the beef?", some men started sporting T-shirts that answered that question with the remark "Here's the beef!" as a joke.
When I was at a donkey basketball game I saw a man wearing a purple T-shirt that said in big letters the phrase Here's the beef! on it.