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Manitoba remains Slurpee Capital of the World

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With our reputation for sucking back slushed-up sugar yet untarnished, Manitobans can now focus on nabbing free treats.

Today, 7-11 announced that Manitoba was, once again, the Slurpee Capital of the World. It’s the 13th year in a row that we have (somewhat inexplicably) won the title.

 As a special "thank you for slurping" promotion – and to mark the opening of "Slurpee season" – the convenience store is giving away nearly 500,000 free slushes across the country on Wednesday, July 11 – 7/11, get it?

 "The Slurpee has become a Canadian icon," a 7-11 spokeswoman said in a release. "Not only do we consume millions of the brightly-coloured refreshments each month, we also Tweet about them every two to five minutes… even Obama has said he thinks they’re delicious."

 Well, the American President is likely too busy to get a free Slurpee, but if you’re free between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday, you can head on down to any 7/11 store to get your freebie as long as supplies of the 7.11-ounce cups last.

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