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Things I didn't know about Canada

  1. Dec 26, 2007 #1

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    Canada is derived from Canatta, a Native American word for "home" or "village."

    In Montreal airport, ketchup is a controlled substance. (Fries are served with mayonnaise, and they expect you to eat them that way.)

    When you show your U.S. passport during pre-flight screening, expect the security officer to loudly announce "well, well, we have Americans here," in a way that is not entirely devoid of affection.

    There are French speakers who live outside of Quebec. Reportedly, some have self-esteem problems.

    There are a lot of poor people whose livelihoods ultimately (and in some cases permanently) depend on "federal handouts."

    They have some really good micro brews, some with relatively high alcohol content.

    Health care is free but not always available.

    Holiday season is thoroughly confusing -- in addition to "Christmas Eve" and "Christmas Day," there is "day after Christmas," on which day absolutely all businesses are closed.

    A huge majority of the people live within a couple of hours' driving distance from the U.S.

    The U.S.-Can. border is (reportedly) the longest unsecured border in the world.
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2007 #2

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    In Montreal airport, ketchup is a controlled substance. (Fries are served with mayonnaise, and they expect you to eat them that way.) :yuck:

    If not ketchup, or tomato sauce as I learned it down under, I'd have to settle on 'Ranch Dressing' - but never mayo.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2007 #3
    Mayo is the original way to eat fries. It tastes just as good as ketchup. Even better is mayo mixed with ketchup (Good as a dip for steak).
     
  5. Dec 26, 2007 #4
    Actually, the Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) is one of the biggest shopping days in most places in Canada.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2007 #5

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    I recently learned that Canada has just one road - called the Only Road.

    They have cars with square tires.

    Instead of horses, Canadian Mounties ride sheep. This was supposedly caused by budget cuts introduced by the new PM.

    French Canada thinks they are the better Canada; the best Canada in the land.

    Sodomy is illegal in Newfoundland.

    Source: South Park Episode 715 - It's Christmas in Canada [Script]
     
  7. Dec 27, 2007 #6
    Well sure, of course! What kind of Canadian isn't dieing to wait 50 minutes in line outside of best buy to redeem that $5 off deal on the newest ipod.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2007 #7

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    You have to have a dip for steak? Heathen!!!
     
  9. Dec 27, 2007 #8

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    And it's chips, not fries.

    And it's chips go with fish, as in fish and chips! No tomato sauce and no mayo!
     
  10. Dec 27, 2007 #9

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    Canadians are irked when we (of the US) refer to ourselves as "American" as though all of America was the US. Canadians are also irked if we refer to Candians as Americans, because that's for people from the US.

    I learned this from my Canadian uncle at a recent family reunion [my great-grandad's farm on Rice Lake near Peterborough has been turned into a vast trailer park]. He was talking about the northern attitude of his two sons, my second-cousins, who have taken on a "SuperCanadian" accent that their parents don't have, and wear hockey shirts in the summer that say "This is where we get Canadian," and spend half their time talking "abeout" how horrible everything from the States is, and how they have never been further "south" than Vermont (the only tolerable state, evidently). I'm going to guess that they are ecstatic abeout the recent dollar-for-dollar exchange rate...

    In short, they sounded a lot like Americans...
     
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  11. Dec 27, 2007 #10

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    When I was a kid, I lived next to a hot-dog stand across from the only gas station for miles (from the north, anyway) and the Canadians used our little town as a way-station on their summer pilgrimages to Old Orchard Beach. When they ordered fries, they'd usually load them with salt and vinegar.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2007 #11
    So when will the Canadians win the Stanley Cup again? It has been almost 20 years.:rofl:
     
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  13. Dec 27, 2007 #12

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    When I was a kid, we used to get fish and chips and go somewhere for a picnic. Salt was lightly sprinkled on the chips. My brother would lick the salt off the chips - and toss the chips away - onto the ground. :biggrin:
     
  14. Dec 27, 2007 #13

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    That's my favorite way to eat them. I invented it, you know.
    Not for long if this US House Rep gets her way, the tide of evil Canadians will be stopped!

    http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderp....html?id=c074ac2b-e76d-4141-801f-8c7fe2434029
     
  15. Dec 27, 2007 #14

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    What a nut! :rolleyes: Buffalo, NY is about a 1 hr drive from Toronto - well the way I drive that is. :biggrin: Folks in NY and VT (I imagine NH and ME too, but we don't hear about them here) want to keep the border open, and with minimal hassle for both US and Canadian citizens. We like international trade.
     
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  16. Dec 27, 2007 #15

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    Boxing Day is celebrated in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and possibly many other countries as well. People in countries that do not celebrate Boxing Day are, nevertheless, aware of its existence. Those that aren't aware, are still able to absorb the idea that the rest of the world need not follow the same traditions as themselves. I bet it is only the Americans that lose the ability to tie their shoelaces correctly when someone tells them about Boxing Day!
     
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    Here's a clip from an episode of a popular Canadian TV show in which Americans are interviewed about Canadian current events. This segment features an interview with presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in which he congratulates Canada for "preserving your national igloo". (Canada has a "national igloo" which is a downscale replica of the capitol building in Arkansas. The igloo was in danger of melting due to global warming so an initiative was announced to preserve the building by placing it in a giant dome.)

    Other little known facts about Canada which are discussed in this clip include:

    Canada recently switched from a 20 hour day to a 24 hour day.

    Canada has recently become part of North America.

    The King of Canada is Lucienne Bonhomme.
     
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  18. Dec 27, 2007 #17
    I'm sure most of us in Michigan agree with you. Heck, we're practically Canadian anyway with our love of hockey and all that ;)
     
  19. Dec 27, 2007 #18

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    Pretty much any country that has (or has had) Elizabeth II on their coins celebrates boxing day.

    And Gokul? Your shoelace comment? Kinda dumn, y'know, coz, like, we have velcro?
     
  20. Dec 27, 2007 #19

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    D'oh!

     
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  21. Dec 27, 2007 #20
    Quote:
    The U.S.-Can. border is (reportedly) the longest unsecured border in the world.
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    Not for long if this US House Rep gets her way, the tide of evil Canadians will be stopped!

    Yeah, well, I may have had some ancestors that uh......crossed the northern line to get here. After going to Canada from Luxembourg, but I'm not sure. You know, kinda keepin' it quite...don't want the INS to come and kick out all of us Goetzingers
     
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