It was the "drunken stupor" that propelled Rob Ford's name across the world.
One year ago Friday, word spread that Toronto's Mayor had been smoking crack cocaine from a glass pipe; and that someone was trying to sell the footage for six-figures.
The story exploded in the news media and on the internet, but that was only the beginning.
In the weeks to come, a picture emerged of Mayor Ford's personal life and it wasn't a pretty one.
There were revelations of a hard-drinking and foul-mouthed man whose habits took him away from his duties at City Hall, and put him in the company of convicted criminals and other shady individuals.
The scandal would rock city hall and make Toronto the butt of jokes around the water cooler and on late-night TV.
It took the Mayor almost a full year to accept that he has a problem and check into rehab.
Whether the trouble Ford finds himself in spells the end of his political career is still up-in-the-air.