Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Everything You (N)ever Wanted To Know...

This will be the last in my completely useless totally boring series of posts about Canada. But, really, Canada is the world's best-kept secret. I think the rest of the world sees us as this funny little country to the north of that Other Big Country, and that we spend our time gazing longingly over the border. No, we're too busy having way too much fun up here. Didn't you know, all the best comedians come from Canada -- Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Catherine O'Hara, Russell Peters, Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Lorne Michaels, Howie Mandel, Seth Rogan, John Candy, Dave Foley, Carolin Rhea, Tommy Chong, Norm MacDonald, Martin Short ... the list goes on.

So, here is my final list of completely useless information about Canada:

Canada has more automobiles, per person, than any other country, with at least one automobile for every two people.

Canada has the highest tertiary education (post-secondary, college, university) enrolment in the world.

Contrary to popular opinion, Canada does not own the North Pole. In fact, the North Pole is not owned by any country. It is believed, however, that Santa Claus is from Canada.

Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world and yet it has the ninth biggest economy, is the world’s eighth biggest trader, and one of the wealthiest countries.

Canada has more than 30,000 lakes -- more than all of the rest of the world combined.

According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Canada has the highest quality of life in the world.

The 120-year-old Hospital for Sick Children located in Toronto is one of the world's largest pediatric research institutes.

Some of the things Americans love most were in fact created by Canadians -- including Superman, basketball, and Ginger Ale. Even more inventions that are used by many Americans were invented by Canadians -- including the walker -- used by the elderly or injured -- heart pacemakers, the common garbage bag, and the electric lightbulb (even though most people think it was invented by Thomas Edison), television, walkie-talkies and the telephone.

Canadians invented instant mashed potatoes (sorry...), kerosene, paint rollers, snow blowers, snowmobiles, the wireless radio, the electron microscope, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, the IMAX film system, the electric stove, the baseball glove and the zipper. (Yes, the zipper...).

A few other things invented by Canadians are, in no particular order, JAVA software programming language, lawn sprinklers, plexiglass, and the Jolly Jumper (you all know what that is...).

Okay, folks, that's it for everything you have never ever never wanted to know but were afraid to ask, and I promise now -- no more facts about Canada. I promise.

28 comments:

Firefly said...

I would love to visit Canada if I ever get the chance. Its such a beautiful and interesting country.

PhilipH said...

You've shown us Canada in a most informative and interesting way.

The Earl of Haddington's mother was a Montreal girl, Sarah Cook, daughter of George William Cook. She became the 12th Countess in September 1923.

G.W. Cook had two other daughters, one of whom was Marion. She also married an earl, Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 5th Earl of Minto, in January 1921.

So, those two Canadian girls became countesses in the 1920s. I know that Sarah was extremely well loved in the UK. She was keenly involved in the Girl Guides and did a lot of that sort of social work.

A third daughter, whose name escapes me at the moment (I often forget my own name at times) never married. She outlived her two sisters, dying at age 101 in a nursing home just 4 miles from Mellerstain.

That fresh Canadian air must have given them all a great start in life!

Russell said...

Well, okay, yes... BUT let's talk about something REALLY important! You know those beer hats...? The hard hats that have hold a beer can on each side of your head and then have a tube that goes to your mouth?

Wait... I think Bob and Doug McKenzie invented those! Hey, hoser! Canada rules again!! Heh!!

larkspur said...

Paul and I vacationed in British Col. several years back. Vancouver was magnificent. Rented a jeep and just drove and ferried and explored. Blew us away.

Then our family spent vacation driving around Lake Ontario 2 yrs ago and, again, Canada was magnificent. I remember the contrast btwn Niagara Falls US vs Canada. We cancelled our reservations in US and crossed to the other side. Toronto made me rethink Canada. I could see myself living in Canada.

nomore said...

Really i think it's the great country canada !! Hope to hear more the series....

DUTA said...

Jo, you're a True patriot and lover of your country. I like that in a person.

Maureen said...

My parents both grew up in Michigan, and my favorite memory from childhood is Vernor's Gingerale and hot buttered whole wheat toast at grandma's house. So, I'm sold, how hard is it for Americans to get jobs in Canada?

Carla said...

Oh no, I hope you continue to post about Canada! I like your Canadian pride and goodness...wish I had dual citizenship.

Television, eh? Didn't know that. And the highest quality of life in the world. That's impressive!

And I'm proud of the fact that many of my ancestors came from Nova Scotia.

Alissa said...

The Jolly Jumper AND Pictionary? Wow, Canadians are awesome. I really mean it!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I love your Canadian posts. You know much more about your country than I do about mine. I applaud your loyalty.

kenju said...

I like the Canadian posts!! We could all stand to learn a little more about others. You are so right about all the good comedians. Why is that?

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The Bug said...

I love Trivial Pursuit - I'm such a nerd. And I love hearing about Canada...

cat said...

I've always liked Canada.

Kathryn said...

L.M. Montgomery!!!

I love reading her books set mostly at PEI. She lived all her married life around Toronto & the central portion of Canada, but she loved PEI enough to give the rest of us a deep abiding love for it too.

Mrs. Mike! Young bride coming to the NW Territories to live with her Mountie husband in the area of the Great Slave Lake.

W.P. Kinsella who wrote the book behind "Field of Dreams."

John McCrae "In Flander's Fields."

Sheila Burnford "The Incredible Journey."

And, of course, the prolific Janette Oke, but i wouldn't claim her if i were you.

Leslie: said...

And don't forget about Winnie the Pooh! :D

Marguerite said...

I've enjoyed all of your great posts on Canada. Vancouver is a place that I would love to visit, thanks to your wonderful photos and posts. I say, keep em' coming!

Land of shimp said...

Margaret Atwood! Great author.
Emily Carr! Gifted painter.

Just to name two. Among other things Canada has contributed to the global sphere women who helped expanded the role of women in the creative world!

Really important stuff, by the way.

Jo, I love your posts about Canada, and don't feel like you need to stop, please.

Jennifer D said...

Jo, at first I was thinking you need to work for Canada's Tourism Board! I want to go! Then I started thinking... I hope she doesn't stop writing about Canada... but... maybe she should because you're making us want to move there! I am one of those 47 million uninsured and I do have hope for Obama but... he is a politician.

TC said...

You make Canada more interesting than I thought it was. Our histories are intertwined and I'm afraid Americans are still sadly lacking in knowledge of Canada.

Allen said...

Jo,

You dont have to stop posting about Canada. I enjoy reading about it.

I have been to Canada a few times and have enjoyed it much. Everything is so clean and pretty. I always hated going back to the U.S. cause of all the trash and and tall grass.

Country Girl said...

Thanks for all the information on Canada! I wasn't aware of much of it.

Mean Mama said...

Can we move there?....Seriously.

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Boutique By Bonnie said...

Now I want to move to Canada, move in with a brainy inventor, have two cars (with 4WD) and a view of the Canadian Rockies!

Pauline said...

My Memere grew up in St. Bruno, my Pepere in Quebec. My grandfather on my father's side came from Montreal. I'm part Canadian, eh?

jozeygirl said...

yeah, loved the post, i don't really know what the big hype of the u.s is about, isn't canada bigger then the u.s? and if they're such a world leader why did they only get a "african-american" presedent now, we here is sunny s.a has had one of those for the past 15 years...

Paula Slade said...

Great Post!!!! Now I know where my favorite soft drink, ginger-ale comes from! :)