Are we really that bizarre? Who knew! Innocent. Polite. Excessively obedient at pedestrian cross-walks. Always saying sorry even if we're not the offending party. The self-effacing folk who inhabit that great mass of trees, vast stretches of land and endless lakes and who apparently say "oot and aboot" for "out and about." That's how I thought the world viewed Canada. We're the epitome of sobriety and sanity. Or so I thought, until this morning when I delighted upon an info-graphic titled "50 Insane Facts About Canada," produced by Cheapflights.ca, the robust, budget-friendly travel site who make a business of studying our habits, sane and otherwise.
I scrolled through the entire info-graphic and selected 15 insane facts about Canada that every Canadian traveller should keep in his or her back pocket.
- It is illegal to move alcohol between provinces without a permit. (What you buy in Quebec, you drink in Quebec.)
- In Saskatchewan a hoodie is called a "bunnyhug." (How about we just call it a sweater with a toque?)
- The world's first UFO landing pad was built in St. Paul, Alberta in 1967. (Everyone needs a place to call ET home.)
- "Porky's," the 1982 sex-comedy our teachers forbade us to watch, is the most successful Canadian movie ever made. (So we're naughty and nice.)
- Saint-Louis-du-Ha!Ha! is the only town in the world with two exclamation marks and it's in Canada!! (Who says we're not funny that way, ha!)
- We are syrupy, considering 77% of the world's maple syrup is made in Canada. (Now that is sweet.)
- Tens of thousands of garter snakes can be seen mating in snake pits near Winnipeg. (That's one love nest to avoid!)
- There are 1,453 airports in Canada (And at least one of them needs a good overhaul. Can anyone spell P-E-A-R-S-O-N?)
- Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world. (I'm proud of that.)
- The numbers are in: 15,500 of the world's 25,000 polar bears live in Canada. (And we need to protect them.)
- Bragging rights? Reports indicate that 2.4 million caribou roam Canada.
- Moose on the loose? The average number of accidents each year in Canada involving a moose: 247.
- Canada has more donut shops per capita than anywhere else in the world. (And we invented TimBits.)
- Basketball was invented in Canada. (This I did not know. I would have said lacrosse.)
- Bluenoser is a term used for people from Nova Scotia, harkening of course to the much celebrated schooner.