We Canadians know what the rest of the world thinks of us–mostly thanks to the way we are depicted in American television shows. According to these depictions, we use monopoly money, drink a lot of beer, apologize constantly, and end every sentence with “eh.” We’re not offended by these portrayals. In fact, we are renowned for our great sense of humours–and spelling “humour” with a “u”, by the way. Only in Canada, would you find currency named Loonies and Toonies. One of our biggest exports to our southern neighbour is comedians. And there is an art to using “eh” correctly–and only we “Canucks” seem to have this gift. But today our gigantic nation–second in size only to Russia–with the teeny tiny population of roughly 34 million people is celebrating its 146th birthday. Yes, we are a young nation devoid of ancient man-made wonders, but filled with many wonders created with God’s hands. The Rockies, Niagara Falls, the Cabot Trail, the icy Arctic, and the golden prairies.
Yes, we Canadians are known for some pretty strange things. But, then again, our nickels bear the likeness of a rodent–the beloved Canadian beaver. Our flag boasts a big red leaf. And we have adopted a bilingual version of our national anthem, which means that most of us haven’t got a clue what we are singing anymore. Like I said, we don’t take many things seriously. Except our hockey.
Photo Credits: eh (https://twitter.com/filmeh), “U (http://www.takepart.com/photos/everything-you-need-know-you-learned-sesame-street), Bob & Doug (http://www.cbc.ca/75/2011/08/image-of-the-day-canadian-content-eh.html), Tim Hortons (http://screamingbeltloop.com/?tag=tim-hortons), Poutine (http://calgarypoutinecrawl2013.eventbrite.com/), beaver tails (http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/eat/fast-food/beavertails-niagara-falls-canada/).
And a Happy Canada Day to you! Not sure I’d own up to Alanis Morissette, but of course we gave the world Stevie Nicks, so who am I to scoff?
Hehe. It nearly killed me to own up to Bieber and Dion too. But, then again, we didn’t make them famous. Lol.
Happy Canada Day from Nebraska -eh! (And you can have Bieber back…just saying. …)
Nope. You can keep him. It’s revenge for giving us rap. Lol.
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Great post! And thank you so much for the mention.
loved this post — I knew most of the Canadians but a few surprised me. have a happy day after Canada Day!
Thank you! I wish you a happy day after three days after Canada Day. Hehe.
Canada rules. Period.
Ah, more things us Aussies share with Canadiand I didn’t know until I read your post. We spell humour correctly too (But I can’t help but tag my posts both ways:) ), and our population is similarly small (22M). Happy birthday!
I tag “humour” both ways too! So Aussies, like Canucks, also crave American attention. lol.