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Five Facts About Canada You Might Not Know
We don't live in igloos!
1. We don't live in igloos!
Did you expect to come up here, just a few miles North and see people in igloos, hunting seals and wearing enormous, awkward fur coats? Really? Sorry to disappoint you, but Canada's climate is pretty similar to the U.S. -- a little bit colder overall, but we definitely don't have polar bears for pets up here.
And even the people who once lived in igloos, the Inuit, haven't done so for decades. At least not in the igloos we think of as igloos (snow houses). Technically, the word for igloo is actually the Inuit word for house, so we all live in igluit (the plural form of iglu)
Sure, a traditional hunter up North might build a snow house for hunting, but generally, most Northern dwellers are too busy watching their big screen t.v.'s and texting on their smart phones to worry about building an igloo.
2. Most Mounties don't ride horses!
Most Royal Canadian Mounties ride in cars, not on horses. Sure, there is a troop that parades around on some horses once a year, to some fancy music, for the tourists, but most of the RCMP just drive cars, like any other police force. I mean, horses would get kind of spooked if they were to have to chase criminals in the city. And it would be kind of hard to catch a drug-dealing crackhead on a horse, wouldn't it?
The image of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is well-known, though, and that is another reason it is kept alive. In fact, the RCMP made a controversial licensing deal with Walt Disney to control who has access to their image. They have a website that sells products with their image, called the Mounty Shop. Since 2002, they have been able to raise over one million dollars for programs within Canadian communities.
So, when you feature Canada, don't think that we have all these serious looking police men riding around with big hats on these big animals, policing our city streets. We don't. That would be just weird, especially for 2012.
Jim Carrey on Canada
Canada is Big
3. We are very big
We are a very big country. In fact, the second biggest country in the world. Our square mileage is 3,855,103 square miles, which is six percent of the earth's total land. So, if you have a great aunt twice removed who moved to Canada in 1945, there's a big pretty chance we don't know her. And if you are coming here for a holiday, don't expect to see most of Canada in one trip. Unless you're planning on staying for six months. We have many big, cosmopolitan cities, mountains, beaches, prairies.
4. A lot of talent comes from Canada
Much of Hollywood's talent comes from Canada. Here is a who's who of Canadian talent, people you probably didn't know were Canadian. (If you did, kudos to you.)
Many Canadians with talent do end up moving from here, in order to pursue bigger opportunities down South, but they do not forget their Canadian roots.
Singers who are Canadian
- Avril Lavigne
- Celine Dion
- Nellie Furtado
- K.D. Lang
- Chantal Kreviazuk
- Alanis Morissette
- Neil Young
- Justine Beiber
- Paul Shaffer
- Shania Twain
Bands Who Are Canadian
- Finger Eleven
- Sum 41
- The Guess Who
- Tragically HIp
- Blue Rodeo
Producers who were (are) Canadian
- Samuel Goldwyn
- Jack Warner
- Lorne Michaels
- Norman Jewison
Game show hosts who are Canadian
- Monty Hall
- Alex Trebeck
- Howie Mandell
Journalists who are Canadian
- Peter Jennings
"Talking to Americans" Show
5. We make fun of people who know nothing about Canada
We make fun of people who don't know anything about us. In fact, there's kind of a cottage industry based around this phenomena: there used to be a television show that went around asking Americans questions about Canada, called "Talking to Americans." Americans were asked questions about Canada, and some pretty ridiculous answers followed. Instead of being offended, we just found it funny.
I hope you had fun with these five facts about Canada that everyone should know. If you knew all of these, no one will ever make fun of you. If you didn't, well, now you do!
If you enjoyed this and would like to find out more about Canada, check out the 99 Reasons that I Love Canada.
For a poetic look at this country, see the article, Canada: Land of A Thousand Places.
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